unclejimbo: (iStitch)
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.

God, what to say about him. I own all of the 20XX Odyssey books along with a number of his other works. He is credited with the concept of the communication satellite having written about them years before Sputnik and Explorer rocketed into the heavens. He also sat with Walter Cronkite as they watched Apollo rocket to the moon and into the history books.

He has lead us through 'Childhood's End', various rendezvous with Rama and probably knew most of the 'Nine Billion Names of God'.

Reading his books was never work, it was like falling off a log into a pool of knowledge. You found yourself quickly visualizing the ideas he was exploring whether it was satellites or plunging into the depths of Jupiter to find the biggest diamond imaginable inside.

The world has lost a giant, and I think we are both richer for having had his presence and poorer by his passing.

God Speed, Arthur. And once more, thanks.

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