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Arthur C Clarke, science fiction author and inspiration to many makers just passed away –

British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90. Born in Somerset, he came to fame in 1968 when a short story The Sentinel was made into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey by director Stanley Kubrick. Once called “the first dweller in the electronic cottage”, his vision of future space travel and computing captured the popular imagination.

BBC NEWS | UK | Writer Arthur C Clarke dies at 90

  • Rocketguy

    A sad day. Clarke was a great light in the universe.

  • Gareth Branwyn

    I can’t begin to estimate how huge the impact on me was of folks like Arthur C. Clarke (and Asimov and Heinlein and Bradbury). I talk readily about rock and roll and how it was a lifeline to me as a restless, tortured teen, but sci-fi was just as important. And man, 2001, the movie, the book, the original stories that inspired the movie/book. I’m still in awe. And he and Asimov: the fact that they were such generalists and wrote and were interested in all sorts of things — that was a huge inspiration to me.

    I hope he’s now being watched over by machines of loving grace…

  • ablackstormy

    The heir to Verne and Wells has left us. A sad, sad day indeed.