RIP Arthur C. Clarke

Famed science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke died yesterday at the age of 90. The New York Times has published a lengthy obit, while Salon waxes poetic about Clarke's eerie capacity to predict the future. You can listen to Clarke's final interview at Spectrum Radio in which he discussed, among other things, his reaction to Sputnik, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and something called a space elevator. And here's an excerpt from his diary, written while working on the set of 2001. In death, Clarke may finally make a celestial journey. He donated six strands of his hair to a company that plans to send human DNA into space. -Andy Wright

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