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Old March 20 2008, 12:53 AM   #1
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Arthur C. Clarke Dead

Arthur C. Clarke, author of books such as Childhood's End, The Nine Billion Names of God and 2001:A Space Odyssey, passed away today at his adopted home of Sri Lanka.

As reported by the International Herald Tribune, the English-born author died of respiratory complications and heart failure.

Born in 1917 in Minehead, England, he began writing science fiction in 1937. in 1945, he sold the short story Rescue Party to a magazine now called Astounding Science Fiction. More stories followed and he became a freelance writer, penning or collaborating on almost one hundred books.

Clarke was in the Royal Air Force in the Second World War, where he worked with a team of engineers who had developed the first radar-controlled system for landing airplanes in bad weather. He was the first to propose the idea of communication satellites, although he neglected to patent the idea, to his later regret.

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry credited Clarke's writings with encouraging him to keep on with his Star Trek project in the face of television executive indifference.

A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode honored Clarke by an in-joke for the Far Beyond the Stars episode. The magazine for which the 1950s writers worked, Incredible Tales, had a story listed in it titled "1001: First Odyssey".

Clarke left no immediate survivors. He married in 1953, but the couple separated within months, finally divorcing in 1964. They had no children.

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Old March 20 2008, 02:36 AM   #2
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Technically, "Nine Billion Names of God" is a short story (and also the title of one of his short story collections), and not a book.

It's sad that he didn't have any children.
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Old March 20 2008, 04:22 AM   #3
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I know. I own it. The title story is superb. Almost 40 years later, I still remember it!

It is the title of a book he wrote, even if it's short stories, so that should count as a book by him.
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Old March 20 2008, 05:19 AM   #4
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He was a brilliant man who will be sadly missed.
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Old March 20 2008, 09:43 AM   #5
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Also, Astounding Science Fiction is now being published as Analog. It's the longest continually published SF magazine; there was a brief interruption when it switched publishers, but it has then gone on continuously since 1933.

As I said in the Misc thread, I've been reading Clarke since I was ten years old and his influence on my life is incalculable. He was a great man, a great writer and a great humanitarian; the world needs more such people. I've been expecting his death for a while because of his declining health, but it's still like losing an old friend or a mentor.

RIP, ACC.
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Old March 20 2008, 10:13 AM   #6
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Wow, a great shame. Though to be honest I thought he died about 100 years ago, I had no idea that he was a 20th century science fiction writer! How strange! :s
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Old March 20 2008, 03:31 PM   #7
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RIP, Mr. Clarke. I've enjoyed so much of your work over the years. You will be missed.

I recall a sci-fi class I took in high school that included Childhood's End. That's still one of my all-time favorites.

I was wondering how he was doing while recently watching him in the special features on the two-disk 2001.
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Old March 22 2008, 11:50 PM   #8
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Why no mention of his boyfriend? "Clarke left no immediate survivors" seems like blatent homophobia.
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Old March 23 2008, 12:17 AM   #9
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Aw jeez. 1 post for this shit?

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Old March 23 2008, 05:07 AM   #10
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Timofnine wrote: View Post
Wow, a great shame. Though to be honest I thought he died about 100 years ago, I had no idea that he was a 20th century science fiction writer! How strange! :s
He's one of the greatest.
Peace and rest, Mr. Clarke.
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Old March 23 2008, 06:37 AM   #11
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Wrecks wrote: View Post
Why no mention of his boyfriend? "Clarke left no immediate survivors" seems like blatent homophobia.
You signed up to post that?!? Sigh, the quality of trolling sure has deteriorated over the years.
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