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View Poll Results: Were you a fan of Arthur C. Clarke?
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Old March 19th, 2008, 05:45 AM
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My husband will be sorry to hear this....he's a big fan.
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I really liked his novels and of course the movie '2001 A Space Odyssey
My dh read all of his books, and I read a few.
We have the autographed copy of the movie and the book.
He attended several sci-fi conventions for years.
He will be missed.
but, life goes on.
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A lot of people don't know that in addition to his brilliant fiction, Clarke was also a practical scientist. He was the first, for example, to put forward the idea of the geostationary orbit for satellites. He calculated (correctly) that a satellite in orbit some 23,000 miles above the earth would fly at a rate roughly equivalet to the earth's rotation, thereby seeming to remain motionless when viewed from the earth.

Just an egghead scientific detail? Think again. Because communication satellites do fly at 23,000 miles, the satellite dish on your roof can be bolted down and doesn't have to move to keep up with the satellite.

As somebody who worked with TV satellites for many years, I say "Thank you Dr. Clarke."
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Old March 19th, 2008, 10:21 PM
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I've wondered in the past... which came first-the scientist or the novelist?

I think the answer is that they came together. ACC was so incredibly intelligent that he could comfortably be part of the scientific community and the SF community.

May he rest in peace.
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