Sir Arthur, RIP

As noted in many, many other places (notably including the Blogfaddah), Arthur C. Clarke has died, and not unlike the also recently-departed William F. Buckley, Jr., he passed after a long and exceptionally well-lived life.

I devoured collections of Clarke’s short stories as a kid, and I doubt very much that I would have grown up to become an engineer if not for Clarke, Robert Heinlein, and Gene Roddenberry.

And now all three are gone.

May they be enjoying a well-earned drink together tonight, somewhere out there.