SFWA Grand Master Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008
One of the most famous writers of science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke, has died in Sri Lanka, where he had lived for many years. Cause of death has not been announced, but it is reported that he had suffered breathing problems.
You can read more about Clarke's life and career here.
(above courtesy of the CBG Newsletter)
Clarke has always been a bit influential to me. His quartet of novels in the 2001: A Space Odyssey realm were absolutely fantastic. Some of his short stories really got me thinking.
My dad would always talk about his creating the concepts behind the satellite belt. I can't conceve any science fiction author influencing the world more than that.