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Lazarus and the Gimp
19-03-2008, 20:51:11
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7304004.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7302913.stm

RedFred
20-03-2008, 04:25:48
I know it is rude to speak ill of the dead, but I always thought of Arthur C. as a second tier science fiction writer.

He had the great fortune to have had his best novel captured in film by Kubrick, when Kubrick was on the top of his game.

Funko
20-03-2008, 09:29:24
He wasn't the greatest writer perhaps but he was really very good at the science part. Although looking back at some of his stuff from the 50s/60s some of it looks a bit ridiculous, a lot of it doesn't. Which is actually quite an achievement compared to some of his contemporaries I think.

MDA
20-03-2008, 12:24:34
I was surprised to see I'd read about 10 of his books. Our library in school had a stack of his books and a bunch of Andre Norton stuff that kept me out of trouble for quite a long time.

The Rama and 2001 series together are a bunch of books. I got caught up in the Rama story, didn't care for the 2001 stuff as much. Mostly I didn't care one way or another for his characters, but I liked the exploration and science parts. Both series got steadily less fun after the first book or two, but I guess you could say that about a lot of series/trilogies.

There was one cowritten with Gentry Lee that was pretty good, but for all I know his authorship was a "Sid Meier's" type endorsement rather than a concrete contribution to the story.

Greg W
20-03-2008, 12:28:26
You know Arthur C Clarke invented the communications satellite as well as the concept of the space elevator? Clever guy.

RIP dudes. :(

TCO
22-03-2008, 04:42:01
Sadness among the houseboys tonight.

Immortal Wombat
22-03-2008, 15:15:34
Originally posted by Greg W
You know Arthur C Clarke invented the communications satellite as well as the concept of the space elevator?

No, he didn't.

Still :(, RIP

Greg W
23-03-2008, 00:41:56
Perhaps perhaps technically no (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarke#Concept_of_the_geostationary_comm unications_satellite), though it was enough to deny a patent, and he wished that he had patented it himself.

Fergus & The Brazen Car
11-04-2008, 10:47:17
Originally posted by Greg W
Perhaps perhaps technically no (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarke#Concept_of_the_geostationary_comm unications_satellite), though it was enough to deny a patent, and he wished that he had patented it himself.

Tsiolkovsky had similar speculations on satellite technology before Clark.


J. G. Ballard did have a group named after HIS work, though- The Comsat Angels.