I, like a lot of people, had my interest in astronomy and science sparked by reading sci-fi. I can remember when I read 2001 it was more like being taken on an adventure than reading a book. ACC was a true icon of the pre space-age, the expansive imagination of people like him will take us to the stars if we are wise enough to survive.
Arthur’s gone, Asimov’s gone, Sagan’s gone - let’s hope they did enough to sow the seeds of our destiny.
I can’t help feeling one of my last vestiges of young, hopeful, optimism has died with Arthur.
There was a rumour Morgan Freeman was taking up an option to star in and direct “Rendezvous with Rama”. Would be great to see it turned into a ‘sober’ sci-fi blockbuster.
Thanks Mr Clarke
P.S. he left strict instruction for a secular funeral service.