Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Book Talk
Reload this Page >

Arthur C. Clarke has died

Book Talk A Place To Discuss Books and Audiobooks

Arthur C. Clarke has died

Old 03-18-08, 04:42 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Hero
Thread Starter
 
Numanoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Down in 'The Park'
Posts: 27,881
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Arthur C. Clarke has died

Author Arthur C. Clarke dies

(CNN) -- Science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who co-wrote the epic film "2001: A Space Odyssey" and raised the idea of communications satellites in the 1940s, has died at age 90, an associate said.

Clarke had been wheelchair-bound for several years with complications stemming from a youthful bout with polio and had suffered from back trouble recently, said Scott Chase, the secretary of the nonprofit Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.

He died early Wednesday at a hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he had lived since the 1950s, Chase said.

"He had been taken to hospital in what we had hoped was one of the slings and arrows of being 90, but in this case it was his final visit," he said.

Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick shared an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for "2001." The film grew out of Clarke's 1951 short story, "The Sentinel," about an alien transmitter left on the moon that ceases broadcasting when humans arrive.

As a Royal Air Force officer during World War II, Clarke took part in the early development of radar. In a paper written for the radio journal "Wireless World" in 1945, he suggested that artificial satellites hovering above fixed spot above Earth could be used to relay telecommunications signals across the globe.

He is widely credited with introducing the idea of the communications satellite, the first of which were launched in the early 1960s. But he never patented the idea, prompting a 1965 essay that he subtitled, "How I Lost a Billion Dollars in My Spare Time."

Clarke wrote dozens of novels and collections of short stories and more than 30 non-fiction works during a career as a writer that began in the 1950s. He served as a television commentator during several of the Apollo moon missions and co-wrote a 1970 account of the first lunar landing with the Apollo 11 crew.

He was knighted in 1998.
Sad, but not unexpected. Thanks for everything, ACC.

Last edited by Numanoid; 03-18-08 at 07:09 PM.
Old 03-18-08, 04:52 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
lopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 2,613
Received 37 Likes on 30 Posts
Shit, I thought he died a long time ago.

Still, sad news, I guess.
Old 03-18-08, 04:52 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Brent L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 13,617
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Two sad deaths of two famous artists on the same day.

RIP.

<object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/3qLdeEjdbWE&hl=en"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/3qLdeEjdbWE&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>

Last edited by Brent L; 03-18-08 at 04:55 PM.
Old 03-18-08, 04:53 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Puyallup
Posts: 16,429
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Damn. Clarke was a legend.
RIP.
Old 03-18-08, 05:21 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Hero
 
das Monkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 35,881
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
"My God, it's full of stars ..."
Old 03-18-08, 05:41 PM
  #6  
Cool New Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 41
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by superdeluxe
Damn. Clarke was a legend.
RIP.
Couldn't agree more. Tremendous man.

RIP
Old 03-18-08, 06:04 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Sitting on a beach, earning 20%
Posts: 9,917
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
"Welcome, Arthur!"
"Jesus? ... oh, bollocks."
Old 03-18-08, 08:22 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Ruler
 
General Zod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Posts: 22,358
Received 237 Likes on 156 Posts
One of my favorite all time quotes: "The truth, as always, will be far stranger."
Old 03-18-08, 09:13 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 4,160
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts


RIP

I have an idea what might work as a headstone.
Old 03-18-08, 10:07 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 2,978
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Truly, the passing of one of the best-known writers of science fiction of the 20th Century.

And Clarke was more than just a great SF writer, too. He described just after World War II the idea of geosynchronous orbit, where a satellite orbiting the Earth at the equatorial plane orbits high enough to appear to be still in the sky; he used this idea as a means to relay electromagnetic signals between various points on the Earth. His idea led to much of the modern communications satellite industry as we know it today.
Old 03-18-08, 10:17 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Near the Great Salt Lake
Posts: 1,400
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I haven't read as many of his books as I would like, but those I have read ("2001", "Childhood's End", "Rendezvous with Rama") have been marvelous.

He is truly one of the great science fiction authors (and scientists, from what I hear) and he will be missed.
Old 03-18-08, 11:27 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 4,293
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
A legend. One of the few who will be remembered 200, 300 years from now.
Old 03-19-08, 05:41 AM
  #13  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Nick Danger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 25,470
Received 270 Likes on 201 Posts
I re-read Rendezvous with Rama a few months ago. I Introduced Mrs Danger to the book. People don't write 'sense of wonder' stories anymore.

My favorite Clarke story is online:
http://lucis.net/stuff/clarke/9billion_clarke.html

Last edited by Nick Danger; 03-19-08 at 05:50 AM.
Old 03-19-08, 08:42 AM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 891
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Sad.

Clarke is on my Mt. Rushmore of science fiction writers.
Old 03-19-08, 01:03 PM
  #15  
DVD Talk Legend
 
LurkerDan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: The People's Republic of Boulder
Posts: 22,599
Received 81 Likes on 61 Posts
Rendezvous with Rama is an awesome awesome book.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.