|"Arthur looks like a scientist. His work is infused with science and even more importantly, a respect for science in the same way that a diva's appearances are infused with perfume. But for all that, what has struck me the most in reading his work over the decades is that his science is never dry. It's filled with the same sense of wonder I felt when I first encountered SF as a child, that feeling of amazement and joy that true scientists experience when they make a new discovery, when they contribute some small fact to the great body of human knowledge. Reading Arthur C. Clarke is like opening Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, with one important exception: you always know what you're going to get, and it's all good."|
|- Alan Dean Foster|
A modern day time traveler passed away today at the age of 90. Sir Arthur C. Clarke was an author and a scientist, his published works include: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rendezvous with Rama, Childhood's Light, and many more. Clarke was a visionary force in technology, best known for conceptualizing the geostationary communications satellite. He is also famous for Clarke's Three Laws:
- 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.
- The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
- Any sufficient advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Thank you, Sir Arthur Clarke! You have indeed left your mark.