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dom
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posted 12-13-2007 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A rare appearance from Arthur C. Clarke can be viewed here to mark his 90th birthday.

Although his mind seems as sharp as ever, sadly, he seems to be saying a "long goodbye"...

dss65
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posted 12-16-2007 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the link, dom. I can certainly understand your impression of the message.

Happy birthday, Sir. Thank you for expanding my awareness of the realm of infinite possibilities for virtually all of my life. It's been a much richer life because of it.

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He is definately close to embarking on the "Final Odyssey" - it was painful listening to his labored breathing

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posted 12-17-2007 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TellingHistory   Click Here to Email TellingHistory     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I enjoyed watching that nine minute video of him. Wow, I didn't know he had lived in Sri Lanka for 50 years. His three wishes were interesting too.

I added this video on to for him on TISH.

I have to admit. I've never been a huge fan of sci-fi but I do like futuristic movies.

I love this quote from Clarke:

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

He's written a bi-zillion novels. Which are your favorite 2-3? Why?

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spaceman1953
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posted 12-17-2007 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday, dear friend.

What an exceptional use of the Internet!

We had the pleasure of meeting some many years back at Notre Dame. Your hospitality to me was most memorable... like you had known me all your life!

God Bless you and your beloved Sri Lanka!

Speed

dss65
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posted 12-17-2007 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by TellingHistory:
He's written a bi-zillion novels. Which are your favorite 2-3? Why?
That's really a tough question. I think, ultimately, his short stories may have made a bigger impact on me than his novels, but here's a shot:
  1. "Childhood's End". It's been more than 20 years since I read it, and it was old then. But I vividly remember that it put me in a kind of state of vertigo for a day or two after I finished it as I questioned everything that I believed.
  2. "Songs of a Distant Earth". The very idea of people from the doomed Earth interacting with people on a distant planet that were seeded there from a doomed Earth--an interaction made possible by advances in technology in the meantime--was so intriguing that it easily carried the whole story for me.
  3. "Rendezvous With Rama". Perhaps because this series was the most recent of Clarke's novels that I have read makes its impression deep. The rest of the series was also good, but "Rendezvous" easily stands on its own.
It would be wrong not to include 4) "2001: A Space Odyssey". A great book and a great movie. I think the only reason I am listing it 4th is because it is so well-known that it's an easy choice. A definite classic for the ages. Maybe should have been #1. A brand new DVD of the movie is currently sitting under our Christmas tree, with its soon-to-be recipient very much looking forward to watching it.

It would probably be wrong to say that there will never be another Arthur C. Clarke -- in fact I'm certain that Clarke hopes that there will be -- but if there is, I sure want to read him/her.

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Philip
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posted 12-18-2007 01:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well it's almost 2010, time for a 2nd Odyssey...

Thanks for sharing this weblink!

Gilbert
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posted 12-18-2007 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
2001: A Space Odyssey
2010: Odyssey Two
Rendezvous with Rama
Childhood's End
The Sands of Mars (very old)
The Fountains of Paradise
A Fall of Moondust

Just to name a few...

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