I just heard that Arthur C. Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at age 90. Mr. Clarke is said to have developed breathing problems that turned into a full blown "cardio-respiratory attack."
Arthur C. Clarke was one of the mainstays of my teen reading years, several of which I spent reading science fiction almost exclusively. He was one of the great thinkers in his field and he will be long remembered for his contributions to the genre. For me he will always be one of the "Big Three" sci-fi writers, the guys who set my imagination on fire and had a lot to do with getting me started on a lifetime of reading: Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlen, and Arthur C. Clarke.
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