1. Ian Gould says

    Clarke’s work on communication satellites and geosynchronous satellites surely qualifies him for the Nobel Prize in either the Physics or Peace categories.

    Hell, why not the Literature Prize as well? That’d put Linus Pauling in his place.

  2. C.W. says

    go leave him a birthday greeting

    Hmmm, maybe. I’m still annoyed with him for the crappy ending of 3001 The Final Odyssey ;-)

  3. says

    Nice :) I just left him my greeting. He’s one of those people, like Carl Sagan or David Attenborough, who inspired me when I was a kid, and still do.

    And I keep being amazed that he’s still around. He just keeps on going. I’m certainly not complaining; he’s proof that not all good people die young.

  4. pablo says

    Didn’t Clarke write an admiring letter to wingnut Donald Luskin? And isn’t he a member of the Super Adventure Club?

  5. says

    When I was quite young, I read some stories in sci fi compilations that I could never get out of my head. I couldn’t remember who wrote them – until I discovered Arthur C. Clarke, and realized that I did know him, all along, and had already read much of his work.

    …Above all, we have a simple remedy for the offensive yet harmless genetic plague that afflicted so many of the colonists. Perhaps it has run its course – but if not, we have good news for you. People of Earth, you can rejoin the society of the universe without shame, without embarrassment.

    Heh, heh. :-)

  6. Nix says

    Hah, Clarke’s got a long way to go to beat Jack Williamson, who was writing right up until the end, at >100 years old.

  7. Pyre says

    “Sri Lanka must be conducive to longevity.”

    Yep, for Sir Arthur it’s an endless source of youth.