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 Post subject: Clarke RIP
PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:27 pm 
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Just heard that Arthur C. Clarke has died...
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7304004.stm
Obit -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2358011.stm

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Just finished watching 2001 (which I recently bought on DVD through Amazon France) ... decided to have a quick look at the BBC news web site and ....

Sad news indeed, he was one of the writers that got me hooked on science fiction back in the 60's.


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Very sad news. The opening scenes from 2001 are my favourite of any film - SF or other.


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No matter what your personal opinion of Clarke's works, the good he's done for sci-fi, and British writing in general, can't be denied. 2001 is one of the benchmarks that everything else gets measured against. Very sad.

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R.I.P. old chap. My favourite Clarke book was 'The Deep Range'.

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Farewell Clarke. Childhood Ends were one of the books that introduce me to SF


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Ironically I had just been rereading 'The Hammer of God' last week - Clarke's last stand-alone solo novel... :(


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Just reading the collected stories. The older I've got, the more I appreciate the old boy.

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Childhood's End for me too. I found my Dad's old copy in the loft when I was a kid. I'm not going to say it changed my life, but it sent me down a long and fulfilling road.

He had a good knock, but it's a sad day all the same :(

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I must've been the last to hear this sad news- the consequences of a four month no TV, no radio, no newspapers experiment.

I don't do heroes, we're all people, all equal, but he's the closest I ever came to having one. As a child of the seventies my first exposure was Kubrick's 2001 which blew me away whilst boring my peers. Then many years later Rendezvous got me hooked and did indeed did change my life. Prompting me towards a life long quest to write or find the perfect sci-fi, accompanied at every turn with the latest issue of New Scientist. I can split my life clearly into before ACC and after ACC.

Rest in peace old friend, companion of many a late night. I'm sorry we never got up there in time for you to see that "It's full of stars..."

Open the pod bay doors HAL we have precious cargo to send to the heart of the sun.

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Farewell sentinel.

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