Arthur C Clarke Dead At 90 – Born in England Moved To Sri Lanka in 1953 – Cause of Death Believed To Be Heart Failure

Arthur C Clarke Dead At 90 – Born in England Moved To Sri Lanka in 1953 – Cause of Death Believed To Be Heart Failure

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(Best Syndication) Pinon Hills CA – World famous British born science fiction novelist Arthur C Clark died today (Wednesday March 19th 2008) at the age of 90 in Colombo Sri Lanka. Clark is best known for writing nearly 100 books including “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Clarke moved to Sri Lanka in 1956 where he enjoyed scuba diving year round. He was in Sri Lanka when the 2004 tsunami struck.

Clark was born December 16th 1917 in Minehead, Somerset, England, where he enjoyed reading science fiction pulp magazines. Because of his families financial situation he was unable to attend college and during World War II he became a radar specialist / operator. After the war he earned a degree in mathematics and physics at King's College London.

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Between 1937 and 1945 Clark wrote short stories published in fanzines. He wrote both fiction and non-fiction books and could be considered a futurist. Many science realities start out in science fiction novels. All of the Space Shuttles are named after space ships from science fiction novels, including the “Discovery” which was the name of the ship in “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

Clarke wrote 2001 back in 1968 and worked with Stanley Kubrick on the film released the same year. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was a trend setting movie that wowed audiences around the time man landed on the moon in 1969.

In 1982 Clarke wrote “2010: The Year We Make Contact” which was also turned into a film. This movie did not involve the late Kubrick and did not have the influence that the first had.

Clarke went on to write two more sequels to 2001 and 2010. In 1987 he wrote “2061: Odyssey Three” and in 1997 “3001: The Final Odyssey.” Clarke has always been optimistic about the future.

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Clarke married once in 1953 to Marilyn Mayfield, an American. They ended their relationship six months later. According to the NNDB database, Clark was an atheist and his sexual orientation was a “Matter of Dispute”. According to Clark, "The marriage was incompatible from the beginning. It was sufficient proof that I wasn't the marrying type, although I think everybody should marry once."

According to Gerald Jonas of the New York Times, Clark was experiencing breathing problems and had suffered from post-polio syndrome for the past two decades. The Associated press reports that Rohan de Silva, an aide to the author, confirmed the death. NNDB reports the author died of heart failure.

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By Dan Wilson
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