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Farewell, Mr. Clarke

In my small town, back in the day, we didn't have the internet. This was before cable TV came our way, and before VCRs. We did have the library, though, and I went through various reading phases as a youngster: I read all the Greek myths, I read Shakespeare, and I read science fiction. Anthologized alongside Isaac Asimov was author Arthur C. Clarke, who died yesterday at the age of 90:

Author Arthur C. Clarke dies

It was much later, in college, probably around 1991 or so, that I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey. I remember my husband telling me about his father making him watch it, and his dad being unable to explain it, yet feeling that it was something important for his son to experience. Now, the scene with the obelisk and references to the HAL 9000 are ubiquitous in our culture.

Neil Gaiman included a link in his blog to Clarke's story, "The Nine Billion Names of God." Since Clarke wanted to be remembered as a writer, I'm relinking it here.

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