Arthur C.Clarke has died, at the age of 90 in Sri Lanka.
I’ve read precious little of Clarke’s work. Many years ago I devoured a science fiction short story collection, the name of which I no longer remember but loved like nothing else. The anthology contained two of the most influential science fiction stories of my youth: “It’s Such a Beautiful Day” by Isaac Asimov and “History Lesson” by Clarke. Decades later I read my first Clarke novel – Childhood’s End – and was moved beyond the telling of it. Shortly thereafter I devoured the novelization of 2001: A Space Odyssey (which I finally saw last weekend).
I may not have read much of his work, but I’ve loved everything of his that I have picked up.
RIP, Sir Arthur. I’m sure that the mysteries of Clavius are just the beginning.
Edited to add: Space Monkeys has a great tribute.