Nathan Bransford, Author

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

RIP Arthur C. Clarke

One of the great, pioneering science fiction writers of all time. He was 90.

NY Times


Conduit said...

Wow, wow, wow. Damn.

The novel 2001: a Space Odyssey is one of my very favourite books of all time. A cerebreal head-trip even greater than the movie. His body of work is among the greatest of any writer of the last century. He and Asimov were kings of the genre, and I suppose he was one of the last of that golden age of sci fi.

AstonWest said...

2001 is one of my favorites as well...

Conduit said...

There's a more detailed obit here:

I wasn't aware of the controversy in his later years, and it's sad the article ends on that note. :(

Margaret Yang said...

Thanks for the link, Conduit.

I am a science fiction writer today because of men like Arthur C. Clarke. He showed me what was possible.

Adaora A. said...


2001 is amazing. I just read it 3 months ago. Death is such a sad part of life.

@Conduit - Thanks for the link.

We shouldn't focus on the negative. We have to just remember how revolutionary he was,and is.

Anonymous said...

I will always remember his novel, THE DEEP RANGE. Still have it, in fact. The opening sentence was something like "When I first saw Ingrid, she was standing up to her knees in shark blood."

RIP Arthur C. Clarke.

mardott said...

He was one of the first science fiction authors I read, back in the golden days.

We'll raise a glass to him, tonight. I hope he's sailing the stars.

Chumplet said...

Oh, my gosh! I had no idea! I just got home from work and switched straight to the hockey game.

I loved his work. In high school we had a special course just on Science Fiction. It was there that I fell in love with his prose.

What a great loss.

Furious D said...

My childhood reading was defined by Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Harlan Ellison.

My first exposure to his work was seeing 2001 when I was six years old and thinking it was the wildest thing I ever saw. I made a note of his name and read everything of his I could find at my local library. He was my entry into science fiction and fantasy.

It's heartbreaking, but we can take comfort in the massive, and rich legacy he left behind.

Anonymous said...

What is the difference between a manager and an agent?
As a first-time author, do I need a manager? One is currently interested in my work, but I am unsure if I should proceed. If he helps me get my foot in the door, then it could be positive for me. However, I do not want to get involved with a manager if it is not needed or even recommended. Your thoughts?

mlh said...

A very sad thing to hear.

First my hockey team loses, and now a famous author is lost to the world.

At least his works will live on.

Nathan Bransford said...


Managers are more of a movie industry thing. I don't know much about them.

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Diana said...

I feel like I've done nothing but put up memorial displays at the library these past few weeks. Margaret Truman. William F. Buckley. And now Arthur C. Clarke.

Adaora A. said...

Yea I was going to say that managers are for actors specifically. They basically hang around the actor on the movie set and let them know everything that they have to do for the day. They know the actors day i.e. inteviews etc and so on. They basically remember everything else the actor has to do so the actor can...focus on their lines? Agents are agents and managers are managers. I do vaguely recall a manager who dealt with authors. I'm not sure the logistics of that. As I said, they're more for actors.

ORION said...

The one thing is that he'll be remembered. His work will live on.
What a testament to his amazing talent!

Furious D said...

What is the difference between a manager and an agent?

I think I can answer this question.

In the movie business-

Agents get 10%
Managers get 15%

The excuse is that they do more than just find work for their clients. Many have a hand in producing projects for their clients (though often it's in title only) and "manage" the financial, publicity, and sometimes personal affairs of their clients. How much they manage depends on the manager and his/her relationship with the client.

The current president of Paramount Brad Grey started out as a "manager" used that position to get producer credits, and now he runs a studio.

Writers, especially fiction writers, usually don't have or need managers. Go for an agent.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the feedback on the manager question. All of you have helped to clear that up for me.
Happy Wednesday!

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