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Death Of A Legend: RIP Arthur C Clarke

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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
So sad, but what an amazing life he had and what a wonderful legacy he leaves behind.

From the BBC:

Writer Arthur C Clarke dies at 90

Legendary British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90.

He came to fame when his story, 2001: A Space Odyssey, was made into a film by film director Stanley Kubrick in 1968.

Once called "the first dweller in the electronic cottage", his vision captured the popular imagination.

Sir Arthur, who was born in Minehead, Somerset, and was a radar specialist for the RAF in World War II, had his 90th birthday in December.
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Amazing guy. Used to like to see him on tv.
#2
Clarke's three laws:
1: "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."
2: "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."
3: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Some other quotes taken from Wikipedia:

"Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering."

"How inappropriate to call this planet Earth, when clearly it is Ocean."

Of UFOs: "They tell us absolutely nothing about intelligence elsewhere in the universe, but they do prove how
rare it is on Earth."
#3
Sad to hear of Arthur's death. He had a belt named after him ,you know .Not the sort you put around your waist though , it went around the Earth. We satellite enthousiasts owe alot to him ,for without that man we would'nt have our TPS , Multivission ,Canal+ and and that horrible sky .
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nightswimmer
Clarke's three laws:
1: "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."
2: "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."
3: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Some other quotes taken from Wikipedia:

"Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering."

"How inappropriate to call this planet Earth, when clearly it is Ocean."

Of UFOs: "They tell us absolutely nothing about intelligence elsewhere in the universe, but they do prove how
rare it is on Earth."


Wonderful quotes and I particularly like the last one.

He was born in Minehead but spent a lot of his childhood days in the village I live in - about 20 miles south of Minehead. At one stage his family were involved in running the local Post Office and one of the local village history books has some interesting stories and anecdotes added by him.

His brother, Fred, still lives in the village. I have one of his books "Cooking with Cider" - now that's slightly different from his brother's work!!
#5
Some excellent books of his that I have:

The City and the Stars
The Fountains of Paradise

Childhood's End
Rendezvous with Rama

:( Sorry to hear this.

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