All Geek to Me

March 19, 2008

RIP Arthur C Clarke

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 1:58 am

Arthur C Clarke, SF writer has died. His works include the novel and screenplay of 2001 A Space Odyssey and over a hundred other books.

One of his first published stories appeared in the British SF Fanzine, “The Satellite”, which was edited by my father. The story was a parody of HP Lovecraft’s “The Mountains of Madness”.

I admit that I preferred Clarke’s short stories to his novels. If I was to edit an anthology of great SF short stories, “The Nine Billion Names of God” and “The Star” would be in the collection.

His three laws of prediction are worth remembering
1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.


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