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Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

Arthur C. Clarke and Friend

We are lucky that Arthur C. Clarke, inventor of the geostationary orbiting satellite and author of genre-defining science fiction works such as Childhood’s End, Rendezvous With Rama and 2001: A Space Oddysey was born when he was. Had he been born later, it is possible that some of the finest works in SF would have been snowed under, rendered indistinguishable from the slush pile left by the online blizzard of typing we today navigate. Be thankful that his words met their paper medium in a forceful collision of metal and ribbon. If he were blogging instead, would he (and we) have recognized his ideas as indelible narratives of the celestial frontier? I doubt it.

So long, Sir Arthur.

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2 Responses to “Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008”


  1. 1 Thunder God
    March 23, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Yes, it’s that guy.

    Tonight I was reading a law suit that reminded me of something you wrote some twenty two years ago. You dared Ed to file a law suit just so you could see or hear the court call Barney Badass to the stand.

    So when I read “Doe v. Paulie Walnuts”, I chuckled and recalled times past. The complaint is here it you’re interested http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/aaComplaint.pdf it’s a rather entertaining read.

    The google gave up your blog, so I thought I’d pass it along. Thought you might find it interesting.

  2. March 23, 2008 at 11:14 am

    HA!

    Hey Chris!

    Hope you are well, fellow 312 paleo-nerd! How many years has it been? Glad you’re still out there, sir.

    Awesome lawsuit, thanks much. Indeed, it was a watershed moment in jurisprudence when the Ayatollah Of Rock And Roll-ah’s name was inserted into the public record.

    Hearing from you reminds me of the old days, when on-line slap-fights were conducted without benefit of counsel. More or less pathetic, I wonder?

    “See, back then if you called when someone was already using the system, you heard a busy signal.”

    “A what?”

    -r


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