Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke Dies At 90 - Author Of 2001 Space Odyssey

Last week my partner and I watched “2001, A Space Odyssey” in Hi Def and we were blown away by the accuracy of the space experience portrayed by Stanley Kubrick . His interpretation of Arthur C. Clarke’s story still holds up with the glaring exception of the brand names such as Pan Am and Bell Telephone that have since ceased to exist. As we watched we discussed Clarke and his wonderful story telling abilities.

Today that talent ceased. Clarke died at the age of 90 in his home in Sri Lanka. His abilities to predict the impact of technology will live on. In fact we all enjoy his intellect in the form of geosynchronous communications satellites. Clarke first proposed them in a paper titled "Extra-Terrestrial Relays — Can Rocket Stations Give Worldwide Radio Coverage?", published in Wireless World in 1945.

Clarke was the author of dozens of novels and many short science fiction short stories. He will be missed in a world with far too little vision of what could be.

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