The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 March 2008

Indistinguishable from a magician

From the 1998 EGOgram:

If I could be granted three wishes, they would be:

1) Peace in Sri Lanka — and the whole world, if that's not asking too much;

2) The first commercial prototypes of the clean, virtually infinite energy devices which will end the fossil fuel age;

3) Proof of life elsewhere — preferably intelligent, though I'd settle for anything that can put a couple of cells together.

There are indications that the first may be in sight — and I've been expecting number 2 "real soon now" for the past five years. As for the third — well, your guess is as good as mine.

The words of Arthur C. Clarke, who died today at the age of 90.

Posted at 7:01 PM to The Way We Were

I was off-planet myself yesterday and did not know this until now. Thanks for posting it. I read the entire story at your provided link. He remains as a piece of our consciousness as we continue to pursue the impossible.

HAL, close the pod-bay doors.

Posted by: Winston at 6:37 AM on 19 March 2008

And yet another star ascends toward the firmament, after to brief a time here on earth.

RIP Sir Arthur C. Clark.

Posted by: Guy S at 4:00 PM on 19 March 2008

He will be missed.

Now, all three of my most favorite/influential authors have passed along.

He and Robert Heinlein and Andre Norton (particularly forty years ago when I was deciding what I really liked to read) were the primary reasons I enjoy SF as much as I do. There were other authors that influenced me, but these were the Big Ones.

Posted by: unimpressed at 6:56 PM on 19 March 2008