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    Unhappy RIP Arthur C. Clarke

    Bummer.

    The greatest Science-Fiction writer of our age is gone. I read so many of his books I felt like I knew him. Perhaps I did.

    Along with Pink Floyd, Arthur C. was my greatest artful delight. I'm going to blast 2001 on the big screen tonight.

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    Although Im not a fan of the movie, he was a great guy.

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    He will be missed, but his life was long and full. I hope I'm as fortunate.


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    Bummer indeed. It shouldn't surprise me, but it does. He seems to have been in flail health for a number of years. I must have subconsciously known something was afoot as I picked up Earthlight, perhaps my favourite novel of Arthur's, and just finished reading it this past weekend. I may never go to the moon, but he painted a picture in my mind so vivid, that I almost feel like I've been there.

    The end of Arthur's short story, The Nine Billion Names of God, seems appropriate here.

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    Yes, this is a severe case of bummer

    Apart from all the books and movies, a great personality is gone. I saw a tv documentary about Arthur Clarke some years back; such a gentle, cultured, spiritual guy.

    May he rest in peace and may future generations appreciate his work.
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    Overheard on CNN while zapping around. RIP Faintly remember reading an interview made with him in 2001, on Newsweek.
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    The man was/is a legend. I remember discovering his works back in the 70s, I was a fan instantly. Reading his books even when I'd gone camping on the moors and dales, once opened you couldn't put his books down.

    He must have been a good age though, IIRC he was in the RAF in the last war.

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    Goodbye Arthur C. Clarke. His books were the first to get me interested in sci-fi and are the finest examples of the genre. I know I should not feel sad at the passing of a man who lived such a long and full life but his works gave me so many happy hours of reading and he will be sorely missed. At least he lived long enough to see so many of his ideas become reality.

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    I saw 2001 when I was very young and it had a profound effect on me. Perhaps I can attribute my fascination with astronomy to his works.
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    Aw man. He will indeed be missed, rip

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    Excellent writer.

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    Another great man gone without someone worthy to fill his shoes...

    He will be missed.
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    The last of the great science fiction writers gone. It has been a bad year for my writers.
    May he rest in peace.

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    Clarke was 90, so he lived a long and fulfilling life at least.

    I'm reading some of his short stories now. Read Dog Star yesterday and thought of you Beirut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregoshi
    Clarke was 90, so he lived a long and fulfilling life at least.

    I'm reading some of his short stories now. Read Dog Star yesterday and thought of you Beirut.
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    There are times I wish they’d just ban everything- baccy and beer, burgers and bangers, and all the rest- once and for all. Instead, they creep forward one apparently tiny step at a time. It’s like being executed with a bacon slicer.

    “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.”

    To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise.

    "The purpose of a university education for Left / Liberals is to attain all the politically correct attitudes towards minorties, and the financial means to live as far away from them as possible."

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    I had a media and PC self imposed blackout for the last 3 weeks while traveling in Taiwan.

    Got back and found that Gary Gygax had passed away (one of my favourite past-times was D&D and I intend to get Toddlerwaio into it when he is old enough... he already loves my 40K minatures so not too large a jump).

    And now I have found out that the big C himself is dead. He was one of the later influences in getting my interest up on Space and hence Physics... I was more into ants and whales from age 7 to ten.

    I was reading his great fellow writer Asimov on the trip... the Second Foundation.

    Sad events indeed... sad that I find this sadder then China in Tibet, but then again I'm only human and prioritise not on democratic numbers but benign greatest of individuals.
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