AUTHOR ARTHUR C. CLARKE IS DEAD

March 18th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

The famous, prophetic, preeminent, visionary, distinguished, knighted, celebrated, transcendent writer died in Sri Lanka on March 19th, 2008 at the age of 90. I bet Anthony Minghella’s family is pissed for having Tony quickly pushed right out of the Obituary Spotlight.

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Sri Lanka was called Ceylon when Clarke moved there in 1956. Which makes me wonder how creepy it will be to tell my children about when this particular arbitrary landmass was referred to as the United States of America.

Though expiring in Sri Lanka, Clarke also seems to have died in Britain, New York, Space, and MTV. This SciFi Star was killed by breathing problems, having suffered from post-polio syndrome for two decades.

No mere writer, Clarke invented the concept of geostationary satellites in 1945, and the orbit of such satellites is named in his honor. Pick up a cell phone and tell that to Dan Brown. As if co-writing a spectacular movie with the Greatest Filmmaker Ever was not enough…

Having separated from his wife after only a few months together in 1953, Clarke spent the rest of his life sharing a home with his “business partner” in Sri Lanka. Which sounds like one hell of a gay tryst. But when asked if he was gay, Clarke would answer, “No, merely mildly cheerful.”

Ha!

Adieu, good Sir. Adieu.

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