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faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Mar 19, 2008 01:06
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/books/18cnd-clarke.html?_r=1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all

krush kill 'n destroy
written by Geekofdeath on Mar 19, 2008 01:17
The last of the Big Three of Sci-Fi (Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke) has died.

I can't think of anything else appropriate to say.
rawr
written by Raptorjedi on Mar 19, 2008 02:39
Big four, you forgot Herbert. I was particularly saddened to hear he died. I only recently started reading his books (within the last six or seven years), but he quickly became my favorite sci-fi author, and he introduced me to other authors like Gregory Benford and Stephen Baxter, authors that I otherwise would have probably passed over. And I know he would rather be remembered for his writing, but you gotta love geostationary orbits. The first book of his I read was Rendezvous with Rama, and I continued on from there to read everything of his I could find, and then like I said, I went on to read books by other authors I wouldn't have because of his books. Rest in peace Arthur C. Clarke.
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written by Ponder s on Mar 19, 2008 12:54
Wow. Sadness. And right on the heels of Gary Gygax's death too.

RIP
written by Xenomorph on Mar 19, 2008 13:32
First Gygax, now Clarke... makes me wonder which unfortunate soul is next.

there's science to be done!
written by Yash on Mar 20, 2008 00:38
I hope that I get to 90 years.
Byebye mister Clarke. I really only did read 2001, but it was a still a fun read. :3
written by N5corp on Mar 20, 2008 05:32
http://valleywag.com/369964/best-buys-geek-squad-celebrates-death-of-noted-pedophile-arthur-c-clarke-tonight
krush kill 'n destroy
written by Geekofdeath on Mar 20, 2008 14:19
There is always another side....
wah... waall-eee
written by Magnulus on Mar 20, 2008 15:02
Like someone else said in the comments there: Where are the references to any serious news sources reporting on these allegations? I'm not saying it's definitely false, but I distrust any allegation like that as long as it doesn't come with solid resources.
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written by Geekofdeath on Mar 20, 2008 18:47
No mention in Wikipedia and that "ValleyWag" seems certainly biased.
rawr
written by Raptorjedi on Mar 20, 2008 19:56
That stuff was brought up, or should I say, made up, by a British tabloid newspaper a year or so before he was to be knighted. The basis for the whole thing was simply because he chose to live in Sri Lanka, which has a younger age for consent. The whole thing made him request a postponement of being knighted. It eventually made it to real news sources back when it first appeared, but it was completely made up by the tabloid that first mentioned it.
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Mar 20, 2008 20:11
The AOC in Sri Lanka is actually higher at 16 (IIRC it was 15 at the time the allegations were made) than in many other places (e. g. in Japan it's 13, and not a whole lot higher in most places outside of North America). Anyway, the accusation was not all that credible to begin with, given the source. I think most of that kind of thing is based on the assumption that all gay people are also pedphiles, a common point of view in the US as well as the UK, apparently.
krush kill 'n destroy
written by Geekofdeath on Mar 21, 2008 02:01
Tom said:
The AOC in Sri Lanka is actually higher at 16 (IIRC it was 15 at the time the allegations were made) than in many other places (e. g. in Japan it's 13, and not a whole lot higher in most places outside of North America). Anyway, the accusation was not all that credible to begin with, given the source. I think most of that kind of thing is based on the assumption that all gay people are also pedphiles, a common point of view in the US as well as the UK, apparently.
I thought the UK was decidedly less homophobic (but unfortunately more politically correct) than those in the US.

Every day at the normal high school, everyone exchanges insults involving or about gays and everyone vehemently denies being one (except the ones that are).
wah... waall-eee
written by Magnulus on Mar 21, 2008 11:19
Why do people constantly assume the UK is more "politically correct" in the negative sense of the term than the US? If anything, there are a lot fewer taboos in the UK than the US, and the only reason the UKers don't constantly go out of their way to push the boundaries is because there are fewer of them.

Sorry, that assumption has been made before in my presence and it just gets my goat.
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written by Geekofdeath on Mar 21, 2008 18:54
I should have said more noticeably politically correct (probably do to attention from the media), although the US is certainly not innocent of its overuse.
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