Mar 23, 2008

Writer Arthur C Clarke dies at 90

Legendary British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90.'British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in his adopted home of Sri Lanka at the age of 90.The Somerset-born author achieved his greatest fame in 1968 when his short story The Sentinel was turned into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.His visions of space travel and computing sparked the imagination of readers and scientists alike. Sir Arthur's detailed descriptions of space shuttles, super-computers and rapid communications systems inspired millions of readers.When asked why he never patented his idea for communication satellites, he said: "I did not get a patent because I never thought it will happen in my lifetime."

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