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RIP: Arthur C. Clarke

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    Frank
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    From the AP:

    Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90 in Sri Lanka, aide says
    By RAVI NESSMAN
    Associated Press Writer
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, an aide said. He was 90.
    Clarke, who had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s and sometimes used a wheelchair, died at 1:30 a.m. after suffering breathing problems, aide Rohan De Silva said.
    Clarke moved to Sri Lanka in 1956, lured by his interest in marine diving which he said was as close as he could get to the weightless feeling of space.
    “I’m perfectly operational underwater,” he once said.
    Co-author with Stanley Kubrick of Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Clarke was regarded as far more than a science fiction writer.
    He was credited with the concept of communications satellites in 1945, decades before they became a reality. Geosynchronous orbits, which keep satellites in a fixed position relative to the ground, are called Clarke orbits.
    He joined American broadcaster Walter Cronkite as commentator on the U.S. Apollo moonshots in the late 1960s.

    #12958
    rob
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    Wow. That guy was a genius. Happy trails, Art…

    #12959
    Octavious
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    Ditto

    #12960
    Bing
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    see my double post in fanboy fodder…

    I finally get hi speed internet and this site decides to slow down for me!!!!

    and Frank you suck for being first.

    #12957
    Version3
    Keymaster

    Yeah, the SOS shared server is really shit these days. I am going to start considering moving the site. I’ve bitched at them enough times, they just cram too many sites on these things to be of any serviceable value.

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