You may already know this — in fact, if you are any kind of SF fan, I know you know this — but Arthur C. Clarke has passed away. He was 90 years old. That’s how old my maternal grandpa was when he died. I’m not sure why I made that connection, but I did.
This leads me to the idea behind all good stories. You know the ones I’m talking about. Those stories that you remember for years after reading them, almost as if you read them last week. Why is that?
It is because you connected with the story. Something in the tale reminded you of something in your life, obvious or otherwise. The message behind the story struck a chord and spoke to you. And this point brings me full circle to Arthur C. Clarke. Why is he so remembered?
Because he wrote stories that people could connect with. He was so good at it that people who claim not to like science fiction liked his work.
Of course, that thought makes me think of one of my pet peeves. A good story is a good story is a good story, regardless of where or when it takes place, or what species (real or imagined) populate it. But I’ll stop here, or I’ll just rant on forever.
Farewell Arthur, I hope you rest in peace. You earned it.
Recommended Reading of Works by Arthur C. Clarke
- Childhood’s End: A Novel
The Overlords arrive. They wipe out ignorance, disease, and poverty. And now mankind is evolving into something new.
- The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke
A definitive edition of Clarke’s collected shorter works.
- Rendezvous with Rama
A giant object, Rama, is hurtling toward Earth. A probe sent to investigate and discover it is not a natural object.
- The Sentinel
This book was the starting point for the 1968 novel and film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- The Complete Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey Series Books 1-4 (2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: Odyssey two, 2061: Odyssey three, and 3001: The Final Odyssey)
All four books of Clarke’s Space Odyssey series.