Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sir Arthur C. Clarke passes

... and I'm in mourning. I've done three radio interviews so far, one for the CBC, and two for the BBC, but it's hard to do justice to such a great man in sound bites. R.I.P., Sir Arthur. You were, and always will be, my favourite science-fiction writer.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At March 19, 2008 12:41 AM , Blogger envaneo said...

Very sad. Arthur C Clarke's "2001: A Space Odyssey" inspired me to want to write Science Fiction. He will be missed. This Reminds me of the day when Simak died.

Jim Shannon

At March 19, 2008 1:52 AM , Blogger S.M.D. said...

It's a sad day indeed. I just heard about it. Some part of me thought he'd always be around writing books, but I suppose now we'll have to pay him tribute with those wonderful works he left us.
Thanks to Clarke for his part in making science fiction what it is today.

At March 19, 2008 7:57 AM , Blogger TomR said...

When I began to read voraciously at a tender young age, it was because I'd found science fiction and couldn't get enough of it. Sir Arthur was one of my very favorite authors, and the first book of his that I remember reading was "Childhood's End." I remember it because the alien reveal in the book took me completely by surprise. Mental whiplash for a southern kid raised as a Baptist. Sir Arthur gave me rather a few more mental whiplashes over the years as well. Thanks for remembering him and his legacy, Mr. Sawyer.

At March 19, 2008 9:00 AM , Anonymous Evan said...

Science fiction writers never die. They just Rendez-vous with Rama. Or perhaps they take the Space Elevator to a Clarke orbit.

Sad news.

At March 19, 2008 11:59 AM , Blogger irongus said...

At breakfast this morning I talked with my kids about the Clarke Orbit, and how the man predicted communication satilites before sputnik went up. It is strange to have kids and to have watched "2001: A Space Odyssey" with them and educate them in how the world has come to be, and know that nearly all of the kids that they know will not know who this man was. I cannot think of a time that I did not know who Arthur C. Clarke was.


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