Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Wednesday 19 March 2008

the trains keep running
despite people under the train
at seven sisters

I was very sad to hear of the death of Arthur C Clarke yesterday. A rationalist to the end, Arthur was a scientist, writer and hope for the future for many. Many years ago he envisioned the turn of the millennium as being a time in which organised religion was falling apart and the Vatican had gone bankrupt. Unfortunately, Arthur was an optimist and, like many of us, underestimated the stupidity of human beings.
‘Childhood’s End’ is probably my favourite Clarke novel, although I’m also very fond of ‘Rendezvous with Rama’ and ‘2001 – a Space Odyssey’ (actually my favourite film as well).

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