Sir Arthur C Clarke, 1917-2008

Arthur C Clarke has died at the age of 90.

While this wasn’t exactly unexpected – it’s been known that he was in poor health, it still feels like a big chunk of my childhood just disappeared. Clarke was the first SF writer I discovered at a suitably early age, and I’ve read many of his books many times.

He’ll probably be best remembered for 2001: A Space Odyssey and for his paper which proposed the idea of geosynchronous communication satellites, but he wrote many more books and short stories. A personal favourite was Profiles of the Future, a collection of essays, which included Clarke’s First Law:

Any sufficiently developed technology will be indistinguishable from Magic

I can’t say any more at the moment. Maybe after a day or two.

BBC NEWS | UK | Writer Arthur C Clarke dies at 90

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