March 19th, 2008

Butterflies

Aurthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)

Sir Arthur has died. I'm very sad about this. Really quite surprised that almost no one on my flist has posted about it, as many geeks as there are on it. Someone wrote last night (the 18th) in the comments that he was so ahead of his time that he died in the future (the 19th).

"We should be less concerned about adding years to life, and more about adding life to years."

He certainly did that with his own, and changed millions of others’ for the better, as well. I’m terribly sad at his passing, but am immensely grateful that he lived. Rest in peace, Arthur.

I've pulled out some books I've had since college: Earthlight, Childhood's End, and Imperial Earth. Gonna reread them. Childhood's End is a fantastic book. Challenges assumptions and puts xenophobia into a whole new light. If you've never read it, find it and read it. Not a long book.

I remember my dad and I used to watch "Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World" together, and although it was hard for a youngling like myself to comprehend fully, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I'll miss him, too.