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    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    <a href="">Even in death Arthur C. Clarke would not compromise his vision.</a>
    <blockquote>The famed science fiction writer, who once denigrated religion as "a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species," left written instructions that his funeral be completely secular, according to his aides.

    "Absolutely no religious rites of any kind, relating to any religious faith, should be associated with my funeral," he wrote.</blockquote>
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    This is what I settled on after talking with a friend about it last night. 90 years is a good long time. There is no sadness for Clarke, he had a hell of a life, and made it a long way.

    The tragedy is for the rest of us not having him around anymore.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    Stephen Brust found ACC's "The Nine Billion Names of God" online here.
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    Arthur C.Clarke, for a brief period in my adolescence, topped out as probably my favourite author. His books really interested me in a lot of ways, scientifically and "artistically". The 1st Clarke book that I read (in my school library) was Islands In the Sky. I was in Grade 6- then I made a wheel-like papier mache Space Station in art class (mostly out of milk cartons and plastic tubing) like the one in the book. I was the only person in my class who made a papier mache space station. My classmates really didn't understand, but they hadn't read Clarke either. And I would sketch pictures from 2010 (I loved the cover illustrated by Michael Whelan, I think it was). I convinced the librarian to order a bunch of his books, and read them all and more- I really liked the early novels and short stories best.

    Anyway, Clarke was a true visionary and an amazing writer.

    And thumbs up to you Warren for keeping the memories alive and doing the wonderful homage to Clarke in Planetary - Mystery In Space (sans tripods, plus Galactus) :-)
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    Fuck Death. Fuck 'im. Arthur C. Clarke isn't dead. You can't kill a God.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008 edited
    "I was pissed that Time magazine didn't name him Man of the Year in 2001."

    It occurred to me recently, that Clarke would have been a worthy nominee for the Nobel in the Physics category for his Geosynchronous orbit paper, the Peace category for the practical benefits the world has derived from that paper (including weather satellites and telecommunications satellites) or the Literature category.

    Sadly, the prizes are never awarded posthumously.
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    Even better, put him in orbit around Jupiter. It's sad to see this one go. His books were always great reads, and he was a pioneer in both science and science fiction. Goodnight, Sir Clarke, and may the stars shine on you again.
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    The blue-green algae of my sci-fi reading soul! Haven't read him in years, but sorry he's gone. 90's a good stretch, though, especially lived as he did.

    Along with Asimov and Bradbury, Clarke made up the science fiction trinity of my childhood. (Read a lot of Heinlein, too, but somehow don't remember much of it...)
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2008
    Can we not see to it that his ashes are buried under a giant black slab of stone on the moon?
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2008
    1 x 4 x 9
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2008
    I was a freshman in high school when I first read 2001: A Space Odyssey. While I had seen the film previously, it wasn’t until I was assigned the book to read by my Physical Science teacher, Mrs. Stadum, that I truly understood the brilliance of the story Mr. Clarke had written.

    “The truth, as always, will be far stranger.” — Arthur C. Clarke.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2008
    Clarke has been buried in Colombo. Considering that he chose to live over half his life in Sri Lanka and spoke and wrote frequently about his love for the country and it's people, that seems fitting enough.

    His epitath: "Here lies Arthur Clarke. He never grew up, but didn't stop growing".

    And a wonderful tribute from his secretary Nalaka Gunawardena: Asked last year if there would be any monument to his passing, Sir Arthur said 'walk into any good library and you will see my legacy there'."
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    thank you Arthur, i enjoyed your thoughts. they were extremely good.
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    I remember seeing 2001 when it came out. I seem to recall that Life magazine had an article about it, and my family went on a special trip to see it. We drove 40 minutes or so to the Cinerama Theatre in San Diego. Had a special family dinner at a local seafood restaurant chain. Stood in line for the movie, full of anticipation... This was a Big Event.

    Afterwards, we listened to my Dad go "What the %$^$# did I just waste my money on?!?" for the 40-minute the drive home.