Arthur C. Clarke, legendary science-fiction author and a personal inspiration to yours truly, has passed away. Probably best known as the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey and collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name. Mr. Clarke was regarding as much more than a science-fiction author. He was a futurist in the truest sense of the term, as well as an inventor. Besides being known as a prolific author, Mr. Clarke was also known as “the grandfather of the telecommunications satellite.”
I was a freshman in high school when I first read 2001: A Space Odyssey. While I had seen the film previously, it wasn’t until I was assigned the book to read by my Physical Science teacher, Mrs. Stadum, that I truly understood the brilliance of the story Mr. Clarke had written.
According to an aide, Clarke, who had been battling debilitating post-polio syndrome, died early Wednesday morning after suffering breathing problems in his home in Sri Lanka. He was 90.
“The truth, as always, will be far stranger.” — Arthur C. Clarke.