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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2588

American Embassy Joins in Mourning Passing Away of Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Colombo, 20 March, ( – The American Embassy in Colombo joins the many friends and admirers of Sir Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka and around the world who mourn the passing away of one of the most original thinkers of our time.

Often called “the father of the communication satellite” for advancing the idea in the mid-1940’s – some 15 years before technology caught up with him – of a series of artificial bodies in geostationary orbit around the Earth to facilitate communications between distant points on the planet, Sir Arthur is perhaps best known for more than 30 science fiction novels, notably 2001: a Space Odyssey, as well as a series of four books beginning with Rendezvous with Rama and a dozen collections of short stories. He also authored many non-fiction works, including The View From Serendip, which reflected on life in his adopted Sri Lanka, where he lived since 1956.

Sir Arthur once wrote: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” The numerous Americans who lived and worked in Sri Lanka over the last 50 years and were privileged to know Sir Arthur C. Clarke will miss and long remember the magic of this world citizen.

- Asian Tribune -

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