** Writer Arthur C Clarke dies at 90**
British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90. Born in Somerset, he came to fame in 1968 when a short story The Sentinel was made into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey by director Stanley Kubrick.
Once called “the first dweller in the electronic cottage”, his vision of future space travel and computing captured the popular imagination.
An aide said he died at 0130 local time after a cardio-respiratory attack.
Sir Arthur’s vivid and detailed descriptions of space shuttles, super-computers and rapid communications systems were enjoyed by millions of readers around the world.
In the 1940s, he maintained man would reach the moon by the year 2000, an idea dismissed at the time.
He was the author of more than 100 fiction and non-fiction books, and his writings are credited by many observers with giving science fiction a human and practical face. He collaborated on the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey with Kubrick.
May he rest in peace.
He’s just about the first science fiction writer I read, now all the old “hard” sf writers are gone.