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Huicho
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Icon 1 posted March 18, 2008 14:07      Profile for Huicho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I just read in CNN that Arthur C. Clarke died at the age of 90 today.
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Metasquares
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Icon 1 posted March 18, 2008 15:57      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The world has just lost a literary giant.
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Icon 9 posted March 18, 2008 16:16      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
crap. [Frown]
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Icon 1 posted March 18, 2008 17:04      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A great writer, 'inventor' of the geostationary communications satellite and space elevator, and all-around amazing guy.

90 orbits around the sun just isn't enough. [cry baby]

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If you watch 'The History Of NASA' backwards, it's about a space agency that has no manned spaceflight capability, then does low-orbit flights, then lands on the Moon.

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Tech Angel
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Icon 1 posted March 18, 2008 19:01      Profile for Tech Angel     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That actually brought tears to my eyes when I found out -- he was my favorite S.F. author and an incredible visionary. I had the good fortune to hear him speak at Rice University in the early 70's. I'll have to dig out that cassette tape and listen to what he said.

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________________________ Arthur C. Clarke Dead NO NO A THOUSAND TIMES NO. We owe him praise for thinking up much of NASA's missions. If it had not been for him the Govt. would only be building weapons.

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Icon 1 posted March 19, 2008 08:11      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
This is sad news to all geeks and future-dreamers around the world. And even movie lovers: who do not know the "I can't do that, Dave" with the voice Kubrick gave HAL? And how could that have happened without Clark's creative genius?

A great visionaire has passed; he can't dream for us anymore. We'll have to jump to the task, people! Let's dream for the future, and share those with the many ready to build it! (Or even build it ourselves, if we can.)

Arthur C. Clark, thank you - I hope you have found the final answer to Life's biggest question.

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Eppur, si muove!

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Icon 1 posted March 19, 2008 17:48      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
OMG - it's full of stars!

I actually said that when I saw 10.5... part in jest I admit but even so ...
RIP ACC architect of the future (i,e, Now)


[weep]

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Icon 1 posted March 25, 2008 07:57      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Great little essay on Arthur's influence...

A Boy's Life, Guided by the Voice of Cosmic Wonder
By DENNIS OVERBYE
To space fans and perpetual adolescents everywhere Arthur C. Clarke was simply the deceptively dry voice of cosmic wonder.

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