A Short Obit On Arthur C. Clarke

from the rip dept

A bunch of people have been submitting the news that famed writer Arthur C. Clarke has passed away at the age of 90. You've probably already read about it elsewhere, so I debated whether or not it was worth posting it here as well. However, he clearly had a large impact on the technology world, and there was one interesting note in his NYTimes obit that seems to fit with what we often talk about here. While it's widely known that he's credited with the idea of the geostationary satellite, in later life, Clarke admitted that a lawyer convinced him not to patent the idea, saying that the concept of geostationary communications satellites was "too far-fetched to be taken seriously." While he later joked about how he probably lost billions on that decision, the truth is that in not patenting the concept and simply publishing the idea, it's quite likely that he did much more to speed along the concept from idea to reality. Even he admits that there was nothing "new" in what he described, it was just that he helped publicize the concept and make people realize it was feasible -- and for that we should be thankful.

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    tmorg, 13 Feb 2010 @ 12:21am


    Clarke said he moved to Sri Lankan in order to scuba dive ...

    Did you ever notice that we only see young boys working as servants at his home in scenes shot for the Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World TV show shot in 1979? The norm in Sri Lanka would be to have a female house maid who does the cleaning & perhaps a male servant as driver, gardner or cook but we see these boys cleaning ...

    He is patron of the local Surfers and Lifesavers' Association, a position that gives him easy access to teenage beach boys. So respected is he in Sri Lanka - formerly Ceylon - that he was the first foreign celebrity to be given tax-free status by the country. He is also Chancellor of Colombo's Moratuwa University.

    Sri Lanka ranks 4th on Impunity Index
    Rating: 0.452 unsolved journalist murders per 1 million inhabitants.

    "I'm trying to think of the youngest boy I have ever had because of course you can't tell here. It is very difficult here." Clarke said boys are ready to have homosexual sex as long as they have virtually reached puberty.

    But asked what was the youngest boy he ever had a liaison with, Clarke said: "Most of them had reached the age of puberty."

    Asked whether it was morally wrong, it is claimed that he replied: “No. I mean, it depends on the country. You can’t have absolute morality.”

    "I think most of the damage is done by the fuss made by hysterical parents. If the kids enjoy it and don't mind it doesn't do any harm...there is a hysteria about the whole thing in the West. I don't think anyone should have a relationship unless it is entirely free and open and the boy will know what he is doing."

    "I know once many many years ago when I first came here I did and the going rate was about two rupees. Money has never been part of a relationship. But of course when you are fond of them you give them money or a watch or something, whatever."

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