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Arthur C. Clarke passes away
by Richard Pardo - Wednesday, 19 March 2008, 10:30 PM
 
Arthur C. Clarke passed away March 18, 2008 at the age of 90 - use these links to find out more about this important writer, inventor, scientist and futurist.
Probably most famous for his book and film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Clarke was a fiction writer who was a stickler for scientific fact over science fantasy.
Although written in 1968, one year before NASA's first moon landing, the story and science in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey holds up well in 2008.

One of the scenes shown in my science classes on Wednesday is notable for the accuracy of its technology predictions. PAN AM runs a spaceliner "space shuttle" service with video monitors attached to the back of the space shuttle's seats. A huge space station spins so that inertia serves as a substitute for gravity, and is equipped with voiceprint identification kiosks and videophones.
Arthur C. Clarke certainly had a gift for understanding and predicting technological innovation.