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News   News : Arthur C. Clarke dies
   posted by GrumpyOldMan on 18-Mar-2008 23:09:59 (6129 reads)
Arthur C. Clarke, a famous science-fiction writer, visionary and Amiga user died early Wednesday at a hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Re: Arthur C. Clarke dies
Posted on 19-Mar-2008 23:59:13
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Sad day indeed


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Another legend has left us, but his vision and literature will live on.

I remember reading in one of his books that he used Vista to simulate the landscape of Mars. If I can dig out the book I'll post a quote.

:edit - Vista, as in the Amiga landscape creation tool, not some gawd awful OS...

:edit 2 - short interview with Nick Veitch (former editor of Amiga Format) about Arthur C. Clarke on SPOnG.com.

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Oh, other bad news in our little comunity, each time the Amiga user we are fews.

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Re: Arthur C. Clarke dies
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I must say that although 2001 is my favorite SF film,
I was also an avid reader of his fiction. One of my
favorites was also Childhood's End (can't believe
that has never been made into a film). I also enjoyed
Rendezvous with Rama, The Fountains of Paradise,
The City and the Stars, and many of his short stories
(some of which I'm re-reading now).

More recently, I've very much enjoyed a couple of his
collaborations with other significant SF writers. I found
The Light of Other Days and The Trigger Effect to be
very good reads. I've also been interested in the Times
Eye (or Times Odyssey) series. I look forward to reading
The Last Theorem that will clearly be the last of these.

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Sad. I've read almost everything he's written, and 2001 is my favorite movie of all time... even today, the effects look mostly current and the lessons are relevant.


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Clarkes 3 laws
(Only in same vein as 1st law)

1. Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Magic. (Clarke)

2.Any Technology Distinguishable From Magic Is Insuficiently Advanced.

3.Any Technology, No Matter How Primative, Is Magic To those Who Dont Understand It. (Florence Ambrose, Bowmans Wolf, Freefall, (Mark Stanley?))


What is a real pity is that he never got to run is old Amiga code, on a modern system, or even a MiniMig class device, as he certainly wouldve realised the phenomena thats occuring. People have the technology now not to have the computer they want, but to make the computer they can imagine, which might have nothing in common with any other existing symbolic logic processing mechanism.

I beleve theres rumours?.. or existance of a movie, based on the plot of Childhoods end?

Rama would lend itself to a nice blockbuster collection with its existing conflict arcs ready for excessive writing by Hollywood, and as for The Trigger Effect, the worrying thing is, I was looking at that in the late 80s at University, and theres reportadly an explosives sniffer that uses the same technology. Although I cant remember what date that Tomorrows World showed it. 8(

RodTerl

I hope they give him a decent time of death, and the correct headstone. Black Marble, Size 9,4,1.


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Posted on 21-Mar-2008 17:13:02
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he leaves behind great work - and what else can anyone ask for?

a life well lived


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Thanks Raffaele. I found the article in AmigaFormat 70, http://amr.abime.net/issue_226_pages, unfortunately the pages arn't scanned in. I'll try and scan them myself and submit them to that website.

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Let's hope, "Rendezvous with Rama" the movie will be great, when it's released in 2009:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134933/

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A short film inspired by "Rendezvous with Rama":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY2Yt1ATm4c

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I'll try to withhold my judgement, but I'm not all
that crazy about David Fincher's SF films. His
films are generally quite well made, but he is a
director with very limited sci-fi cache. I wished
it was his predecessor in the Alien franchise,
James Cameron (or perhaps David Twohy, the
guy who directed Pitch Black and The Chronicles
of Riddick). I'm sure everyone can think of some
director they like, but for me hard SF is a genre
that demands great attention to technical detail.
This is something we almost never get in so
called "SF films" (Kubrick's 2001, Robert Wise's
Andromeda Strain, or Contact being some of the
rare exceptions).

I guess I should be happy some suit seems
to have greenlighted another hard SF adaptation,
but it's still quite possible for hollywood to take a
great, Hugo winning SF novel and turn it into
complete hash. It's not as though this has not
happened before.

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Posted on 22-Mar-2008 10:59:00
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RIP Arthur.

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I arrive late to this, but also wish to express my sadness over the death of Arthur C. Clarke. My favorite Clarke novel is "The City And The Stars," an expanded version of the more poetically titled "Against The Fall of Night." But for me, perhaps his most perfect work is the chilling short story "A Walk in The Dark." My skin crawls just thinking about it.


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