Arthur C. Clarke, requisat en pace.

Mar 18, 2008

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, famous for writing novels such as 2001: A Space Odyssesy and Rendezvous With Rama died today at his home in Sri Lanka. Clarke was 90. A prolific author during his lifetime, he penned over one hundred texts, science fiction and otherwise. Clarke had been confined to a wheelchair since the year 1995 due to the onset of post-polio syndrome, an affliction that plagued another famous author some time ago, one Robert Anton Wilson. Clarke is also widely credited for the invention of something we take for granted today, telecommunication satellites in geostationary orbit around the planet, in an essay published in the magazine Wireless World in the year 1945 - so detailed an essay, in fact, that it was accepted as prior art when Bell Labs attempted to patent their designs years later.

Others will remember Clarke for what are now referred to as his three laws, quoted here:

  1. 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.

  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.


We'll miss you, Arthur. See you beyond the edge of Time. If you run into Robert and Isaac, give them our best. And beep L. Ron's nose for Anonymous, Anonymous'll get a kick out of it.