Arthur C. Clarke

 


Arthur C. Clarke died today – he was 90. He’s probably best known for 2001: A Space Odyssey, but he wrote so many books and articles. He wrote actual science fiction – the stuff based on scientific possibilities. My favorite of his is probably Rendezvous with Rama, but I enjoyed almost all of his science fiction work that I’ve read.

If you like Spider Robinson‘s Callahan’s Saloon, Clarke did it earlier in Tales from the White Hart. Then there’s the chilling Childhood’s End, one of his earliest (his first?) novels. Fountains of Paradise is based on an idea he first posited, then later had proved, about putting a station at the Earth’s equator so it would appear be never move because it orbited at the same speed as the Earth spun. Yet he didn’t stop writing. I understand he recently finished and proofed a novel he co-wrote with Frederik Pohl, The Last Theorem. It’s supposed to come out later this year. I bet it sells well.

Thanks, Mr. Clarke.