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Visionary Writer Arthur C. Clarke Dies at 90

March 19, 2008

“when they looked out across the deeps of space they had felt awe, and wonder, and loneliness. As soon as they possessed the power, they set forth for the stars...”
— Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey (Chapter 37: Experiment)

Arthur C. Clarke, the visionary writer of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Rendezvous With Rama died last night (Wed, 19 Mar 2008) in Sri Lanka. He was 90 years old.

His death was a surprising event to me. It was just yesterday when I read about 40 years birthday of the 2001 movie (co-written with Stanley Kubrick). It was also yesterday when one of my coworker thought that Clarke had died and I showed him the Wikipedia article stating that Clarke is still alive (at that time). A premonition perhaps.

Clarke is my favorite science-fiction writer. His narration is often short and simple yet at the same time thought provoking and awe inspiring. Here is a list of his books which I have read (in no particular order):

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. 2010: Odyssey Two
  3. 3001: The Final Odyssey
  4. Rendezvous With Rama
  5. Rama II (with Gentry Lee)
  6. The Garden of Rama (with Gentry Lee)
  7. Rama Revealed (with Gentry Lee)
  8. Fountains of Paradise
  9. Childhood’s End
  10. The Songs of Distant Earth

Rest in Peace, Clarke. May your legacy and visions inspire us further and beyond the infinite.

[ Arthur C. Clarke Wafat, Sci-fi guru Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90 ]


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