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  • Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FBIS (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008)

    Posted by Jay Manifold on March 18th, 2008 (All posts by )

    Not a Chicago Boy exactly, but a towering presence in my inner life for many years. The only thing remotely resembling a writing voice I’ve ever had is a pale imitation of him. Requiescat In Pace.

    Updates:

    • added “FRSBIS” (thanks, Jim)
    • from Wired, Video: Arthur C. Clarke’s Last Message to Earth
    • from SomethingAwful forum goon “SirRobin”:
    • Tonight, when the sun has gone down, go outside to a place where you can see the stars. Look up. Watch for a point of light that moves fast enough that its motion is obvious … then take the phone out of your pocket and call someone on the other side of the planet.

    • heh
     

    5 Responses to “Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FBIS (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008)”

    1. Jim Bennett Says:

      He was also a FRS, I believe.

    2. david foster Says:

      I haven’t read a lot of Clarke, but I do remember this story.

    3. Jim Bennett Says:

      Actually, looking at the Times and Telegraph obituaries, I don’t see an FRS. That’s surprising, but perhaps they viewed his achievement as engineering, not science. He was, however, FBIS — a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.

    4. Jay Manifold Says:

      Fixed.

    5. Lexington Green Says:

      One of the greats. A world-shaping visionary and writer whose impact was so all-pervasive to ever be fully understood. Rest in peace, sir.