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R.I.P. Arthur C. Clarke

The man had a long life, but it's still sad to see him go. Some details here.

Seems like a good time to pose the question: do you have a favorite Clarke story or novel?

And if you do, what do you like about it?

kelson.philo's picture

The Nine Billion Names of

The Nine Billion Names of God creeps up on me again and again. Just a short piece, but it's haunting.

paulbhartzog's picture

Clarke's work

I continually re-read Clarke. Some faves:

Rendezvous with Rama (my 6-yr old reads this a lot)
Against the Fall of Night
The Deep Range
The Light of Other Days (with Stephen Baxter)

I really do think that The Light of Other Days is him delivering his last masterpiece before moving on.

The Sentinel, 2001 through 3001, Rendezvous With Rama, et al.

There are many science fiction authors who are more gifted writers, and better creators of character, than Arthur C. Clarke; but few of them have been able to match him in pondering the secrets of life, the universe, and everything! Why do I try to write myself? Because of Arthur C. Clarke. If they have not already done so, fans of '2001' - the book and the film - may like to try 'The Lost Worlds of 2001'.

2001, etc.

Great stuff, though I have not yet read 3001.

Those, and the bit about a sufficiently advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic.