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Arthur C. Clarke

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Arthur C. Clarke died this week. He lived a long productive life as a scientist, philosopher and author of both fiction and non-fiction. He is probably best known for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey which he and Stanley Kubrick developed from his earlier short story, The Sentinel. Clarke was also a firm atheist with no time for organized religion. He was an influential thinker and will be missed.

There are numerous obituaries available in the Internet, so I won't go on at length about him. Just one quotation:

"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion,"

Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008)