Sir Arthur C Clarke 1917–2008 departed the planet yesterday for his rendezvous with Rama in geosynchronous orbit.
Like millions of others of my generation, I grew up reading science fiction. I liked Arthur C Clarke the best. Based on his story “The Sentinel,” the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” is one of my all-time favorite movies. He collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on the book and the film. I suppose I will have to watch it again soon in his memory.
Whenever I am astounded by technology, I am reminded of Clarke’s Law: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
He was a true visionary. He is called the godfather of the communications satellite; he outlined the idea in a paper in 1945, and the first geostationary comm sat was launched in 1963.
Just the other day I was
wasting time on the web researching stuff on the web and came across this site Kubrick2001: The Space Odyssey Explained. Be careful: the site has spoilers. So watch the movie first if you ever intend to watch the movie. Here are some screen shots from the flash presentation.