For many years Arthur’s books has thrilled my imagination and curiousity and I think he influenced the way I think of science – he had a positive attidtude towards new science and he was an optimist and a dreamer, and he loved talking about exploring the universe.
Each clear night when I study and gaze at the stars I alsways let my imagination fly, mostly with images that Arthur C. Clark helped me form in my inner space with books like Glide Path, 2001 A Space Odyssey, 2010 Odyssey Two, 2061 Odyssey Three, 3001 The Final Odyssey, The Nine Billion Names of God, Imperial Earth, The deep range, Songs of Distant Earth, Imperial Earth, The wind from the sun, Rendezvous with Rama and so on. Rendezvous with Rama the movie btw is being released 2009.
In june 1999 I joined SETI and The Planetary Society – inspired by Arthur C. Clarke, after that all my computers have been working day and night. He was a fighter for Seti and I think we can thank him that the project still gets funding.
Rest in peace Arthur, I hope you get your 3 wishes through – that we once find cleaner forms of energysources, we once find life in outer space and peace in Sri Lanka.