Arthur C. Clarke at 90

Arthur C. Clarke, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 90 – New York Times

Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, an aide said. He was 90.

He’s probably the last of that generation of science fiction writer, isn’t he?  Isaac Asimov will forever be my favorite, but it’s sad to see the generation end.

5 thoughts on “Arthur C. Clarke at 90

  1. Nope. Off the top of my head, Jack Vance, Philip Jose Farmer, and Fred Pohl are all still alive and of that generation (Pohl, while a few years younger, I believe predates Clarke by a fractional generation or so as an sf writer). There’s also Ray Bradbury in the more fantasy/magic realism camp.

  2. I was gonna say, we still got Bradbury, but Galloway beat me to the punch.

    And I’m with you Augie, Asimov will always be the top of the food chain. I still get funny looks whn I tell people I like the original Foundation series more than Lord of the Rings, but what can you do? At least with Foundation, you didn’t have to trudge through endless bad Elvish poetry…

  3. Tom — You’re right. I’ll give you Pohl. I’m thinking of Asimov’s social circle, I guess. (That comes with reading every single page of autobiography Asimov ever wrote.) They’re all gone now, minus Pohl. Did John Campbell buy stories from Bradbury, too?

    Matthew — I’ve read FOUNDATION a couple of times. I’ve never been able to make it past page 60 or so of THE HOBBIT. Ick.

  4. Oddly enough, it seems that Clarke’s upcoming (last?) book was co-written with Fred Pohl.

  5. Even though I am a SF fan – I’ve never been able to get into Clarke’s stuff – always having found it kind of dry & mechanical. Being forced to read “Rendezvous with Ramna” in college was especially painful. Bradbury on the other hand – has always been able to draw me into his stuff.

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