Arthur C. Clarke died today.
I won't try to eulogize him here. There will be tons of eulogies by better writers who are much more knowledgable than me.
I'll just say I really enjoyed his writing and you have to give props to a man who helped invent radar and communication satellites. That whole thing of having satellites in a geosynchronous orbit about 23,000 miles up so that they always stay over the same spot on the globe? Yeah, that was his idea. Pretty fucking brilliant.
He was part of the old school, with guys like Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. Guys who knew their science but could also craft engaging, entertaining and well written fiction.