Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke died yesterday. He was 90 years old.

Readers will recall the movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey, which Clarke co-authored together with director Stanley Kubrick. 
I often quote Clarke, including his statement: “Truly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

In 1945, in one of his books, Clarke proposed the concept of communications satellites – satellites that would be in ‘geosynchronous orbits,’ keeping them in a fixed position relative to the ground. The world’s first such satellite was launched 29 years later, on Dec. 17, 1974!
  
Some science fiction writers write pure fantasy. But some, like Clarke, are visionaries who see the future and describe it vividly. Such authors, I believe, are must reading for innovators, if only to peek into the workings of superbly imaginative and flexible minds like that of Clarke.
 
Clarke was co-commentator, along with Walter Cronkite, on the first Apollo space flight – a brilliant, and uncharacteristic,  idea for the American TV network CBS.   

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