View Full Version : Arthur C. Clarke has died!

03-18-2008, 06:06 PM
(CNN) -- Science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who co-wrote the epic film "2001: A Space Odyssey" and raised the idea of communications satellites in the 1940s, has died at age 90, an associate said. Visionary author Arthur C. Clarke had fans around the world. Clarke had been wheelchair-bound for several years with complications stemming from a youthful bout with polio and had suffered from back trouble recently, said Scott Chase, the secretary of the nonprofit Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.
He died early Wednesday at a hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he had lived since the 1950s, Chase said. "He had been taken to hospital in what we had hoped was one of the slings and arrows of being 90, but in this case it was his final visit," he said. Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick shared an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for "2001." The film grew out of Clarke's 1951 short story, "The Sentinel," about an alien transmitter left on the moon that ceases broadcasting when humans arrive. As a Royal Air Force officer during World War II, Clarke took part in the early development of radar. In a paper written for the radio journal "Wireless World" in 1945, he suggested that artificial satellites hovering above fixed spot above Earth could be used to relay telecommunications signals across the globe. He is widely credited with introducing the idea of the communications satellite, the first of which were launched in the early 1960s. But he never patented the idea, prompting a 1965 essay that he subtitled, "How I Lost a Billion Dollars in My Spare Time."
Clarke wrote dozens of novels and collections of short stories and more than 30 non-fiction works during a career as a writer that began in the 1950s. He served as a television commentator during several of the Apollo moon missions and co-wrote a 1970 account of the first lunar landing with the Apollo 11 crew.

03-18-2008, 06:12 PM
Eerie...he died March 19th. :eek:

03-18-2008, 06:27 PM
That would be Sri Lanka time.

03-18-2008, 07:07 PM
I'll bet it was really a motorcycle accident.

03-18-2008, 11:07 PM
That's too bad, he was a real visionary.

03-18-2008, 11:33 PM
At age 90, his childhood finally ended...

03-19-2008, 02:31 AM
I was fortunate to see him in a public lecture at Occidental College when I was but a wee lad (we were living in Glendale, CA at the time).

To concur with the worn-out adjective assigned to him, "visionary", he was just that. His lecture was absolutely spellbinding to this little kid, as he foretold what the then-current moon missions and other space missions had in store for society.

He also seemed to me to be a genuinely nice guy.

RIP, Mr. Clarke! :cry:

(Thank you for the notice on this event, Dave)

03-19-2008, 03:21 AM
It's a tragedy that his visions were not realized by 2001. He showed us a glimpse of a promising future that never lived up to expectations and proves that even in his absence he was still far ahead of his time. He will be greatly missed.

Lord Malakite
03-19-2008, 04:28 AM
Eerie...he died March 19th. :eek:

I'm obviously missing something here. How is it eerie now?

03-19-2008, 08:19 AM
I'm obviously missing something here. How is it eerie now?

Decadentdave reported the story to us on the boards, yesterday the 18th, although CNN picked it up on Sri Lanka time which was the 19th (as the International Dateline and time stuff goes). Caeser saw it as eerie coz we wuz gettin' the news on the 18th, US of A time! It appeared to be a premonition! :eek:


03-19-2008, 08:39 PM
That's some good detective work up there. :thumbsup: