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Topic: Sir Arthur passed today

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego
Date: 03/18/2008

My birthday's tend to run hot or cold, and this one, whew...my friend Ian just called long distance to tell me that Sir Arthur C. Clarke died. I'd just earlier this morning pulled some of his neglected volumes in my library: SPRING:1984, THE PROMISE OF SPACE, and REPORT ON PLANET THREE to read, after watching FOR ALL MANKIND this morning.

Today I turned half Sir Arthur's age. His 2007 Birthday message he did not look good at all, very very ill and not having a good time.

My wife to be just bought me 2001 on DVD for a Birthday Present earlier today...

I'd always hoped he'd live long enough to at least see the first commercial flights into space.

Re: Sir Arthur passed today

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/18/2008

This news just arrived today. Sir Arthur was one of the biggest influences on my career, and it's very sad to think we'll no longer be hearing from him. But his legacy is tremendous.

Re: Sir Arthur passed today

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego
Date: 03/18/2008

I was hoping that he would get around to "tapping you out" for a Collaboration at some point, though I don't think you've done a whole lot of co-author work.
Truth be told, I thought he was going to die 10 years ago, and was ready for that then...but he just kept on keeping on, despite being stuck in a wheel chair and post-polio; and envisioned him living on to at least 120, still mentally active, pulling a Hawking on us all.
And of course, I wanted to go to Sri Lanka, and meet him. One of my clients from my last job was from there, and lived a few blocks from Sir Arthur's compound in Colombo, and had met him a few times.

Re: Sir Arthur passed today

From: arvind mishra
Location:
Date: 03/19/2008

Yes Greg you are quite right,he has left a very rich legacy of sf literature.We pay tribute to his outstanding loyalty and commitment to the genre.

Re: Sir Arthur passed today

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles
Date: 03/20/2008

Just hours before hearing the news of Sir Arthur's death, I read for the first time his introduction to Stapledon's Nebula Maker (just purchased off eBay). This took me straight away to my old childhood copy of Profiles of the Future...odd, I feel like a dog that starts barking before an earthquake. For me as a teen in the 70's, reading Clarke was one of those rare experiences through which one discovers not only wonder but oneself--where one's fascinations lie and what one might be capable of becoming.
I can only say his living mind shines from the page--and is still an open system when we read it! The Big Three are all together again now. Godspeed and God help us without them. We're out here on our little crag...Arthur's gone back into the water.

Re: Sir Arthur passed today

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/20/2008

Lovely thought, Bill.

Re: Sir Arthur passed today

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 03/22/2008

Greetings to all. I too was saddened to learn Sir Arthur has died. God rest his soul! The last book of his I read was TALES FROM "THE WHITE HART" (a few years ago). Darn good reading! Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Sir Arthur passed today...The Role of Science Fiction Authors

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego
Date: 03/24/2008

Just caught PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION which my Night-Owl bridge caught on Discovery Science in the middle of the night and left it in the DVR for me this morning. That last sentence would have been quasi-possible science fiction two decades ago. She left me a note about it, as two of my favorite living SF writers were interviewed during the course of the program, and some of the material covered reminded me of seminars you once conducted early on in your carreer (and specifically one of Verne's later works about over describing the year 2000). I'd haven't gotten around to Wells THE WORLD SET FREE and when I heard the description of his Atom Bomb I finally knew where Herbert got his idea for the Stone Burner. And hearing second hand Sir Arthur's tale of the time he saw THINGS TO COME in a theatre, and the rest of the audience laughing at the scenes where London is bombed from the air, half a decade before the blitz, gave me a bit of chills regarding the limitation of some human imaginations.
Seeing this documentary, after reading those three Clarke Non-Fiction books post-mortem has re-inforced, or re-invigorated, the sense that Science Fiction is not an escapist diversion, or any supernatural prediction, but a scketching out of the possibilities of the future. And not only a projection of things to come, but shaping of that future. That Science Fiction is not just a fully valid Literary Tradition, but a feed back loop shaping force for the future, either inspiring break thrus of future technology, or as a preventative for non-survival futures.
Keep on keep looking ahead.

Mike

Re: Sir Arthur passed today

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/28/2008

Sir Arthur once corresponded with Lord Dunsay, who had his own series of pub-based fantasies, centered on tale-teller Jorkens. L. Sprague de Camp added "Tales From Gavagin's Bar," and today, Spider Robinson carries on that fine tradition.

Re: Sir Arthur passed today

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles
Date: 04/04/2008

Spent a lovely time today with neighbor and dear friend Ray Bradbury. Of course I mentioned Clarke's passing. All of a sudden Ray is putting into my hand a glass slab of all-too-familiar dimensions: a 2007 "Arthur" award given for contributions to space flight. Ray was chosen in the "Special" category by Sir A. himself. Well we both got pretty teary-eyed then. While I scrutinized the geosynch-orbits engraved in the glass, Ray did his hat-trick again (I don't know how he does this--mention anything and a relevant item appears out of the hoarde around his big comfy chair) and offered for inspection a copy of "Mars and the Mind of Man" by Clarke, Sagan, Bruce Murray and himself. All this while tossing crackers to the blue jay he's got coming in from the patio! A happier Clarke chat and a warm and fuzzy afternoon.

Re: Sir Arthur passed today

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/04/2008

Glad to hear you and Ray could help celebrate Arthur. These passings hit me pretty hard over the years. I try to imagine how Ray feels, with so many gone now--and it's tough. Back in the mid-nineties, I remember carrying a small laptop in my briefcase to a book signing when Ray dropped by. He looked at the laptop, nestled in the case, shook his head, and said, "Just like Arthur C. Clarke!"

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