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  1. #1 Do they know he's dead? 
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    I haven't seen anyone post on this, and yet I expected someone to have posted on it. So, I guess that person I expected to post, was me. Now I feel weird...

    Anyway:

    Arthur C. Clarke Obituary

    http://www.arthurcclarke.net/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarke


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    yes, i heard it the other day on the news
    haven't really kept track of what he did after his first Rama books
    he's had a good innings + i'd be glad to make it to 90


    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    The Universe provided a fitting tribute. It reminded me of The Nine Billion Names of God - "Overhead, one by one, the stars winked out."

    http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/...htest_grb.html
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    Always sad when someone dies.
    A biophysicist talks physics to the biologists and biology to the physicists, but then he meets another biophysicist, they just discuss women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skiyk
    Always sad when someone dies.
    That's not really the point.

    A well-known icon of science and science-fiction, a person who quite literally changed our world, has died. It is surprising how little attention such news has been given.

    Although, in retrospect, Clarke has been so decrepit for so long, he was lingering on death for years.

    Apart from the literary contributions Clarke gave us, many of which most are familiar with, some far more impacting that people are not, he's probably also greatly familiar by his laws:

    Three Laws of Arthur C. Clarke

    1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

    2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

    3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.


    The latter probably being the most recognizable.


    Many more people might recognize his significance through such works as Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World
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    In my mind, he and Asimov will always be the two greats of science fiction. They have both left big shoes to fill.
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    You guys should travel the circles I do a bit. This was big news and was all over the place for several days when he passed. But Clarke had a good and long life.
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