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Arthur C Clarke Dies, Probably Headed Back to the Stars
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
To transfer from the other thread...
I just loaned a friend one of my very favourite books, "The City and the Stars". Not only was it the last book that my son and I read together...no longer a bed time story, but a chill-out ritual that ended when he turned 13...but I gave him a copy in hardcover so that he might come back to it from time to time. As I have since I was his age.
And so it goes...
Originally posted by Mr. Ree
God said, "Cancel Program Arthur C. Clark."
My Grandfather was best friend with the man. I used to love to hear him sit on my grand daddy's black leather sofa and talk about the future. He used to talk about how great it would be when there was a single world government (which he said was needed for true space exploration) with robot servants and bio-scans. He was always under the impression that we'd be indentified by a genome or DNA scan sometime in the future. He once explained to me how it would happen, but I was too young and it went over my head. I would pick at him for hours as a small boy about what the future held, and he never did once draw a blank.
He really thought religion - especially organized Christianity - was basically a disease on this earth. Man, my mom hated the man. Every time he was at my grandparents house, my mother would never go there because he'd always start rationalizing religion with her. He used to tell my grandpa that until man gets over his "problem" of following a religion, we'll only be going 1/4 of our potential speed. He was funny as a mad hatter and sometimes hard to keep up with.
I haven't seen the man in many years, and my Grandfather passed away some time ago. I'll always remember him though.
Even in death Arthur C. Clarke would not compromise his vision.
The famed science fiction writer, who once denigrated religion as "a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species," left written instructions that his funeral be completely secular, according to his aides.
"Absolutely no religious rites of any kind, relating to any religious faith, should be associated with my funeral," he wrote.
Clarke died early Wednesday at age 90 and was to be buried in a private funeral this weekend in his adopted home of Sri Lanka.
"I am trying to think of the youngest boy I have ever had because, of course, you can't tell it here. I think most of the damage comes from the fuss made by hysterical parents afterwards. If the kids don't mind, fair enough,'' he was reported to have said in the interview which was conducted at his house.
His status as the grand old man of science fiction was threatened when, in 1998, allegations of child abuse, which he strenuously denied, caused the confirmation of a knighthood to be delayed.
Sri Lanka's Justice Minister Lakshman Peiris ruled there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.