Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke Has Died

Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke had died. He was ninety.

Read the CNN Story here.

Many years ago I was quite fond of reading paperbacks. Paperbacks were very popular back in the 1970s. Censorship in America had for the most part come to an end, as far as most books were concerned, and the paperback was the means by which authors could reach an eager public.

Before 200 channel cable television, or Internet there were magazines, AM/FM radios, and books.

For an impressionable boy with a strong interest in Science Arthur C. Clarke held tremendous sway with me. Reading his short stories, and books was a way to see a future too distant for me to live long enough to actually experience.

Of course Arthur C. Clarke is known for writing 2001 A Space Odyssey, and for his "invention" of the geosynchronous communications satellite, but for most of those who listened to, and read his futuristic pronouncements we will know him for his faith in the potential for human beings to create a more prosperous, and peaceful world through the careful use of technology.

Thank you Arthur C. Clarke for entertaining me, for teaching me, and inspiring me. You are not forgotten sir.

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