Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), R.I.P.


2001Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, famous for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey and then for the 1968 movie directed by Stanley Kubrick, has died in his home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. According to In a videotaped 90th birthday message to fans, Clarke said he still hoped to see some sign of intelligent life beyond Earth, more work on alternatives to fossil fuels — and “closer to home,” an end to the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka between the government and ethnic Tamil separatists. … Clarke was knighted in 1998. He wrote dozens of novels and collections of short stories and more than 30 non-fiction works during his career, and served as a television commentator during several of the Apollo moon missions.


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