Sunday, March 30, 2008
A Belated Obituary to the Late Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is best known for his book 2001:A Space Odyssey and lived on the far-away exotic island of Sri Lanka. I remember as a little girl seeing a picture of the island where Sir Clarke made his home and had a certain longing to visit this lush place which seemed so fresh in its botanical greenness. If it was a place Arthur C. Clarke called home, then it was probably a fantastical and other-worldly place that I would want to see and experience for myself. To this day I still hold onto this dream of seeing Sri Lanka, simply because it was the home of the beloved SF writer. It was also the home of renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa, but that is for another post.
In an interview, Clarke stated: "We science-fiction writers never attempt to predict. In fact, it's the exact opposite. As my friend Ray Bradbury said, 'We do this not to predict the future but to prevent it.'".
Arthur C. Clarke influenced Carl Sagan and other scientists with his book, Interplanetary Flight. Clarke was a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He died at age 90.