Quote of the Week: Arthur C. Clarke

“Life is just one big banana. Science fiction allows us all to peel open the reality and discover the yellow truth inside.” -- Arthur C. Clarke, December 16, 1917 to March 19, 2008.

I’m sadder at the passing of Sir Arthur than I would have expected, given that he was 90 and not in the best of health. Still. A light that burned very brightly has been extinguished. I’ve written more about it all at January, of course. For now, though, we bow our heads.

Oh no: this just in. Minghella and Clarke in a single day? I think I’ll just go off and be sad now.


Clea Simon said…
I know! I know! How horrible. And I had recently read an interview with Minghella about filming "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" in Botswana with Jill Scott, and was so looking forward to that. Ugh. Bad day. We'll miss them both

(but if you need some levity:
http://www.catster.com/video/404988/Flushaholic - yeah, there's a short ad. Sit through it.)
Mark Thwaite said…
Awful news -- both bits of it.

Arthur was old, so his death wasn't a shock, but it still most certainly leaves a hole.

Minghella, however, was just 54 ...
bookfraud said…
two for one in the death department -- a bad day indeed.

a story of my wife's (part of anthology) was reviewed favorably in january magazine. she'll get a kick that i found this blog.
John McFetridge said…
Also, Ivan Dixon died last week. He's probably best remembered for being in Hogan's heroes, but was also a director, making a lot of episodic TV like, The Waltons (yup, the John-Boy show), Magnum PI, Airwolf, The A Team, The Greatest American Hero, The Rockford Files (directing some episodes ritten by David Chase of The Sopranos fame) and many, many more.

He also directed the movie version of the novel, "The Spook Who Sat By The Door."
Clea Simon said…
And now, Dith Pran. Linda - we need a cheerier blog post!

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