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Arthur C. Clarke R.I.P.

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18 Mar 2008 18:19 #4244 by mikelawson
Reports are coming in that Sir Arthur C. Clarke has died at the age of 90; he was the last of the Big Three SF writers from the Golden Age: Clarke, Heinlein and Asimov.

First Gygax, now Clarke.

--Mike L.

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19 Mar 2008 00:27 #4251 by Michael Barnes
Truly one of the greats...glad he lived to a ripe old age.

When I was a kid, I loved that paranormal phenomenon show he did, ARTHUR C. CLARKE'S MYSTERIOUS WORLD. He always had this epilogue where he personally debunked everything on the show. "You may believe in psychic surgery, but frankly I think it's a load of crap".

Did you know Asimov died from AIDS-related complications? I just found that out not too long ago...I had no idea.

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19 Mar 2008 02:06 #4256 by Harkonnen13
Arthur C Clarke lived a good long life so I can't say I'm sad that he died. He was one of the Greats of science fiction and will be remembered.

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19 Mar 2008 12:20 #4263 by jeb
Replied by jeb on topic Re:Arthur C. Clarke R.I.P.
Harkonnen13 wrote:

Arthur C Clarke lived a good long life so I can't say I'm sad that he died. He was one of the Greats of science fiction and will be remembered.

That's an odd calculus, there. He was still saying and writing interesting things. I'm sad to see him pass. Baruch dayan emet.

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19 Mar 2008 12:47 #4264 by mikelawson
Michael Barnes wrote:

Truly one of the greats...glad he lived to a ripe old age.

When I was a kid, I loved that paranormal phenomenon show he did, ARTHUR C. CLARKE'S MYSTERIOUS WORLD. He always had this epilogue where he personally debunked everything on the show. "You may believe in psychic surgery, but frankly I think it's a load of crap".

Did you know Asimov died from AIDS-related complications? I just found that out not too long ago...I had no idea.


Was it similar to Arthur Ashe's death in that he contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion?

--Mike L.

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19 Mar 2008 13:47 #4265 by mikelawson
Yep, apparently it was.

--Mike L.

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20 Mar 2008 01:45 #4286 by Horacio Silva
mikelawson wrote:

Michael Barnes wrote:

Truly one of the greats...glad he lived to a ripe old age.

When I was a kid, I loved that paranormal phenomenon show he did, ARTHUR C. CLARKE'S MYSTERIOUS WORLD. He always had this epilogue where he personally debunked everything on the show. "You may believe in psychic surgery, but frankly I think it's a load of crap".

Did you know Asimov died from AIDS-related complications? I just found that out not too long ago...I had no idea.


Was it similar to Arthur Ashe's death in that he contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion?

--Mike L.


Your source please?

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20 Mar 2008 09:26 #4295 by Michael Barnes
Come on man, it's the internet. There's only one source:

From Wikipedia:

Asimov died on April 6, 1992. He was survived by his second wife, Janet, and his children from his first marriage. Ten years after his death, Janet Asimov's edition of Asimov's autobiography, It's Been a Good Life, revealed that his death was caused by AIDS; he had contracted HIV from a blood transfusion received during a heart bypass operation in December 1983.[20] The specific cause of death was heart and renal failure as complications of HIV infection. Janet Asimov wrote in the epilogue of It's Been a Good Life that Asimov had wanted to "go public," but his doctors convinced him to remain silent, warning that anti-AIDS prejudice would extend to his family members. Asimov's family considered disclosing his condition after he died, but the controversy which erupted when Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS convinced them otherwise. Ten years later, after Asimov's doctors had died, Janet and Robyn agreed that the AIDS story could be made public.

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