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Arthur C. Clarke [Mar. 20th, 2008|12:36 am]
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Arthur C. Clarke has died at the age of 90. This 90th birthday message on YouTube, from a few months ago, sees him effectively saying goodbye; he still appears to have been in full possession of his marbles. I'm not sure the video would have anything to offer the non-fan, but I found it quite affecting.

I gobbled up a number of his novels in my youth; it's been too long ago for me to say anything very useful. But it's worth noting that the potentially dry hard science fiction was generally leavened with a hefty dose of Cosmic Awe; the careful scientific explanation was always matched by an appreciation of the inexplicable and the incomprehensible. For every Discovery spacecraft, a big black monolith.
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