My eyes still fill with tears when I see your photo. To this day I see some thing or other, and think "Arthur would love to see that, I'll send it to him". But alas I cannot. You were always such a gracious and tolerant host, I'll never forget our times together.
Here is a photo of Fred Clarke Arthur's brother and I at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo Sri Lanka. It was right after Sir Arthurs Funeral
His brother was a great man in his own right and just passed away last month.
There is a new book out by Neil McAleer called Odyssey of Sir Arthur C Clarke. It is a great read and fills in some of Arthur's life with details we were not aware of...excellent book.
A fine Man, the last of the Big Three Science Fiction Writers. A True Visionary. Will miss him.
A great loss.
For Arthur...Even in death he would not compromise his vision.
The famed science fiction writer, who once denigrated religion as "a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species," left written instructions that his funeral be completely secular, according to his aides.
"Absolutely no religious rites of any kind, relating to any religious faith, should be associated with my funeral," he wrote.
WEEP NOT FOR ME
Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.
Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.
I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.
Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.
Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.
Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.
© Joe Fazio
email@example.com /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
It's been a while since I was in your home Sir Arthur. I have some idea of how you have been missed...I wish you could have seen Peace in Sri lanka.
All Best Wishes....forever.
The people around Sir Arthur are of a class that stand alone. He surrounded himself with the best of the best. Hector his friend and business partner, Nalaka his associate and friend, and Rohan one of the best photograpers on the planet. I was fortunate to have met them all.....thank you for your time and efforts.
Arthur C. Clarke was the greatest futurist of our time. He will be long remembered, along with Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan and Jules Verne as the men that saw the future. I would not be surprised if the men and women of the future build a religion around him, which would of course be the ultimate irony for Sir Arthur C. Clarke, for those who knew him.
He inspired me and continues to inspire me to reach for the future and to see our species find the technologies that are so important for us to succeed here on earth and around our solar system.
Mr. Clarke, I thank you once again for your many wonderful and inspiring stories.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke was my friend.
Arthur’s father, Charles Clarke and my grandfather George Murch were the best of friends living in England. Arthur and I kept in contact with each other over the years. He did me the greatest service by writing the Introduction to my first book on Intelligent Software Agents (1999) – Arthur’s contribution helped sales enormously.
I had email from him just a few week ago. My wife and I were planning a trip to Sri Lanka at the end of this year what we expected would be our last visit with him.
A great visionary, and a great man. You will never be forgotten.
Arthur C. Clark is a great man and was a significant contributor to the betterment of mankind. May his memory and legacy continue to benefit us far into the future.
In the beginning................
In the beginning................
A humble man with a huge vision,
true skill and talent for writing / sharing it with us. Mr. Clarke was in good company on Earth and is in excellent company now amoung the stars.
Thank you for your contributions to my imagination, Mr. Clarke.
May the rest of the universes find in you what this simple planet did.
A profound loss. Sincere condolences.
The first novel I ever read is Dolphin Island. I was in grade seven and it was assigned by my teacher whom I disliked, but will always thank because she provided my with a gift of the literature of this grate man. You will be remembered and missed.
For a man who thought so far beyond his time, you fell just short of seeing the Dream come to blossom. The trust and competence of your fellow man, alone, will see your dreams a reality. Even though it be just beyond the reach of your grasp..
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Clarke as a child along side my father a wonderful and talented journalist by the name of Karl Kristofferson, who worked for NASA for many years as a journalist and was an author himself. His work inspired my father in so many ways. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family.
While you are mourning the loss of a loved one, others are rejoicing to meet them behind the veil.
An incredible writer who has brought me hours of pleasure. His writing to me was one of the greatest collections of literature ever published
Darn it! Meeting with Mr.Clarke was one of the things on my Life List of Things to Do Before I Die; now I'll never have the chance to commune with this truly great mind of our time.
Aloha, Mr. Clarke; although I never had the pleasure of meeting you in person, I am grateful for what you shared through your writings, and the world will miss you.
Thank you for all you've taught and brought me and so many in my generation with me; we all became SciFi- fans because of you and there will be no end to reading and re- and re-reading your work!
you set us on a course to the stars and we dare not deviate from that course
I met Sir Clarke in Sri Lanka in 1999 when I was living there. He was so full of energy and wisdom - it was a real pleasure to have had the chance to spend that time with him. His contributions to this world will carry on in the prolific work he left behind. I hope he is now somewhere up amongst the stars which is where he always wanted to be.
My condolences to the Clarke family.
Vicariously experiencing the works of Mr. Clarke in print and film will continue to please me through time and space. For that I am thankful.
Here is hoping that your hair "heir" will experience a futre 'here and now'.
He was an inspiration to me when I decided to follow science and engineering as a career. He will be greatly missed.
You made my childhood special; you made a difference in this world. Rest with the Angels.
His space odyssey series were based upon the concept and mysteries of intelligent design, but with a different sort of designer in mind. He is missed.
Thank you for opening up a wonderful world of reading for me. The science fiction world will miss you terribly.
I'm sorry to see this man go. I always thought of his visionary thinking as the best there could be in a human being. I had often wondered if he made it though the Tsunami but never heard a thing until now. I would have liked to have met this man and talked to him about the future. He will be greatly missed by many. May he rest in peace.
Arthur Clarke's stories were some of the first science fiction I ever read. He embodied a vision of progress and hope for mankind, through knowledge and ethical application of technology. He imagined things the way they could be.
Thank you Arthur for sharing with us all your wonderful vision, imagination creativity and enthusiasm. Your ideas and thoughts have been a part of moving mankind forward to a future beyond this mortal coil and towards the heavens.
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
By Christina RossettiThe Poetry Foundation
We are better for your having been among us. Thanks, Arthur.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I began reading ACC as a young teen. His books really turned me on to both reading and science. I'm happy he lived a long life, and am forever grateful for the terrific adventures he wove for all of us.
Thank you for many wonderful books.
He was one of my first authors to get me interested in reading and I will never forget him. God Bless and may he travel thru space to all the places he wrote about. Good bye Sir.
Mr. Clarke was one of my father's favorite writers.
Arthur C. Clarke was a big part of my literary catalog when I was a boy. Rama, Lathe of Heaven, Childhood's End, 2001 - all are fondly remembered as late night reading events for young teen in the late 70's. It has been too long since I revisit his works. God speed Arthur - no doubt you’re now truly in a place to count up the nine billion names of god...
A truly great man has left us. From his work that resulted in the Geosynchronous communications satellite, to his wonderful science fiction, he will be missed. I began reading him as a teenager, and enjoyed his analytical mind.
You were my favorite author. I loved the whole Childhood's End / Rama series. Thank you for your contribution to Science Fiction.
God speed and good tidings.... may you meet Dave somewhere out there.
I pray the wonders of the Heavens do not pale before the wonders you dreamt.
I really hope that younger generations can appreciate your works. 2001 will live on! Rest in peace, Sir Clarke!
I was introduced to Mr Clarke's writings in college in a Science Fiction class. His writing, Childhood's End, is a brilliant discussion on our universal interconnectedness that I embrace to this day. Arthur C Clarke will always be with us.