Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90. A visionary writer of our time..."he was the author of more than 100 fiction and non-fiction books, and his writings are credited by many observers with giving science fiction a human and practical face..." words from his friend Sir Patrick Moore. I have to agree with him. TC. click here
I've read quite a lot of his books and his passing is sad news indeed. He was able to tell great stories with a sound scientific basis which made them believable and more interesting than a lot of sci-fi. He'll be missed.
Second that WTM. Bugger. He was seemingly going to go on forever. A great mind and (mostly) a great writer. There were occasional aberrations, such as Cradle -- co-authored with gentry Lee -- but 2001 and the Rama series were outstanding. He won't get to see Rendezvous With Rama on the big screen (due next year, apparently).
Agree, he was a great Scifi writer and visionary, wil be sadly missed.
So who are your other candidates for the big three?
I would struggle to stop at three myself.
Adams, Douglas Alexander, Lloyd Anderson, Poul Anthony, Piers Asimov, Isaac Baum, L. Frank Bear, Greg Blish, James Bova, Ben Bradley, Marion Zimmer Bradbury, Ray Brin, David Brooks, Terry Bujold, Lois McMaster Burroughs, Edgar Rice Capek, Karel Card, Orson Scott Cherryh, C. J. Chesterton, G.K. Chopra, Deepak Clarke, Arthur C. Crichton, Michael Davidson, Avram Dick, Philip K. Ellison, Harlan Farmer, Philip Jose Foster, Alan Dean Gibson, William Greeley, Andrew Heinlein, Robert A. Henderson, Zenna Herbert, Frank Hickman, Tracy Hubbard, L. Ron Jordan, Robert King, Stephen L'Engle, Madeleine Larson, Glen A. Le Guin, Ursula K. Leiber, Fritz Lem, Stanislaw Lewis, C. S. Lucas, George McCaffrey, Anne Niven, Larry Orwell, George Perry, Anne Pohl, Frederik Rice, Anne Robinson, Kim Stanley Roddenberry, Gene Sagan, Carl Shelley, Mary Silverberg, Robert Simmons, Dan Smith, Cordwainer Stapledon, Olaf Stephenson, Neal Straczynski, J. Michael Sturgeon, Theodore Tolkien, J.R.R. Turtledove, Harry Verne, Jules Vonnegut, Jr., Kurt Miller, Jr., Walter M. Wells, H.G. Willis, Connie Wolfe, Gene Wolverton, Dave Zelazny, Roger
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