Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Giant Passes

Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, died today at his home in Sri Lanka. He was 90.

It would be tedious to relate all of the books he wrote, so I'll hit the high points, the books that inspired me to become a writer:

2001: A Space Odyssey

Rendezvous with Rama

The Nine Billion Names of God

Further, in a seminal paper written in 1945, Clarke suggested a network of communications satellites in geosynchronous orbit at an altitude of 22,000 miles. Had he patented the idea every country on Earth and every telecom company would be paying him royalties.

Underwater explorer, promoter of space exploration, writer.

Rest in peace, Dr. Clarke.


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