Writer Arthur C. Clarke Dies at 90

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Writer Arthur C. Clarke Dies at 90
By RAVI NESSMAN – 16 minutes ago

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, an aide said. He was 90.

Clarke, who had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s and sometimes used a wheelchair, died at 1:30 a.m. after suffering breathing problems, aide Rohan De Silva said.

Clarke moved to Sri Lanka in 1956, lured by his interest in marine diving which he said was as close as he could get to the weightless feeling of space.

"I'm perfectly operational underwater," he once said.

Co-author with Stanley Kubrick of Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey," Clarke was regarded as far more than a science fiction writer.

He was credited with the concept of communications satellites in 1945, decades before they became a reality. Geosynchronous orbits, which keep satellites in a fixed position relative to the ground, are called Clarke orbits.

He joined American broadcaster Walter Cronkite as commentator on the U.S. Apollo moonshots in the late 1960s.
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That is a real loss to the pantheon of great writers, across the entire spectrum of literature. He and Isaac Asimov legitimized science fiction writing.
 

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yes RIP indeed i wonder if anthony is lighing a candle for him while on vacation.....


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He put this out last December on his 90th birthday.

[media]http://youtube.com/watch?v=3qLdeEjdbWE[/media]
 

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I really liked his 2001 series.

Yes I know it's tantamount to liking "Touch of Grey" but sci-fi isn't my forte.

He was heavily featured in a doc I recently watched about the great minds of science. Kaku was also featured in it as well.

He will be missed.
 

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There was an oscar winning director who died before him..but I never heard of him so dunno if he counts as #1.

AC clark is significant to the show, (no satalite no XM) mr unknown movie maker.......
 

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Childhood's End, Childhood's End.
 
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I cant make threads, so I am trying to get this out for anyone who likes whom Jimmy Norden admires. Figured I would put it in the most recent thread about Space, etc

today: Friday, March 28th
Michio Kaku Theoretical Physics mkaku.org Host: Art Bell
Joining Art Bell will be Prof. Michio Kaku, who'll discuss his newest book Physics of the Impossible.

I believe the XM Channel is 165 starting at 1am.

so there.