The Sentinel Bids Farewell

British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in his adopted home of Sri Lanka at the age of 90.
His visions of space travel and computing have sparked the imagination of readers and scientists alike for the last 60 years.

He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, and foresaw the concept of communication satellites, but when asked why he never patented his idea he said: “I did not get a patent because I never thought it will happen in my lifetime.” In the 1940s, he maintained man would reach the moon by the year 2000, an idea dismissed at the time.

He was the author of more than 100 fiction and non-fiction books, and his writings are credited by many observers with giving science fiction a human and practical face. He collaborated on the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey with Kubrick whilst in later life he became interested in underwater exploration founding a diving school in his adopted home of Sri Lanka.

His latest book entitled somewhat prophetically The Last Theorem, is written in collaboration with Frederik Pohl and will be published later this year. It will be the last in a long line of some of the best science fiction ever written, a legacy for which he hoped to be remembered.

“God said, ‘Cancel Program GENESIS.’ The universe ceased to exist,” Arthur C. Clarke (1917 – 2008)

written by Sue Abbott

One comment


    March 19, 2008

    I’ll miss him, he presented a future where we could all make a better world, rather than the more fashionable dystopian stuff. I think that’s why his collaborative novels were never as good as the one’s written with (or by?) other people.
    He gets the reader involved in the sheer wonder of the universe and the things that humanity could do when we put our minds to it.

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