Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Arthur C. Clarke, last of the Big Three
Arthur C. Clarke died today at the age of 90. He is the last of the Big Three, having outlived Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. He is one of the classic hard SF writers, having ushered in the age of SF greatness and being the elder statesman of the field. I've read many of his short stories, looking over at the Collected Stories, there are quite a few memorable ones. My favorite novel of his is Songs of Distant Earth. The story is fairly simple, there are no plot twists really, but the texture is very subtle. Philosophical ramifications of quick dialog abound, and the characters are all excellently established. I highly recommend it. I may go read it again myself.