Farewell, Arthur C. Clarke

Died today in Sri Lanka, aged 90.

Phil Plait at the Bad Astronomy Blog has a fine tribute.

I must add his Three Laws of Prediction to my quotes database:

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.

I read all his fiction books during my teens. The City and the Stars and The Fountains of Paradise were probably my two favourites. What were yours?

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  1. I loved the Rama series – an artificial environment/landscape traveling through space that enters our solar system. Those first contact stories always get me…
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  2. Rama was definitely up there, Tracy. I also liked Childhood’s End.

  3. I loved ‘Rama’. ‘The City and the Stars’ is quite good, and of course the 2001 script. I dislike ‘Childhood’s End’, though – the philosophy behind it strikes me as being simplistic, and the plot much too authoritarian for my liking. ‘The Ghost from Grand Banks’ is wonderful, and demonstrates that even in his later years he was able to produce good work, and keep on developing as a writer.
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