Well, another great one has left us. Sir Arthur C. Clarke has died at age 90 in his long time home of Sri Lanka.
Clarke's death hits close to my heart. It was Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey books and films that really took my geekness about Sci-Fi and outer space from a superficial Star Wars level and made me start thinking of things in a big picture sort of way.
Clarke's ability to take known science and evolve or advance it just enough to make unbelievable fiction believable has inspired people and scientist to approach the unapproachable challenges of the universe. At the same time he managed to keep it entertaining and readable to a mass audience.
It was through Clarke's books that I began to try seeing the world in a different way. I wanted to know things on a deeper level and learn to appreciate other peoples opinions and viewpoints better. He showed me that a man or woman can be more than one thing and be good at all those things. He also showed that sometimes an individual is put into remarkable situations that are well beyond their normal capabilities. It is how people respond to these challenges that truly define them. Most importantly Clarke showed us that quite often there is no other way to go than forward.
Rest in peace dear Sir and thank you.