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OT: Arthur C. Clarke dead at 90 [message #157251] Wed, 19 March 2008 09:37 Go to next message
George Johnson is currently offline  George Johnson
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March 19th, 2008
Arthur C. Clarke: All These Worlds Are Yours
Posted by Jason Perlow @ 4:10 am
http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=8260


Sci-fi guru Arthur C. Clarke dies in Sri Lanka aged 90
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hxdvKWOj-UKP97QanNpytQiv vd5w

// The less fun famous science-fiction writer has joined the Final Mind.
Re: OT: Arthur C. Clarke dead at 90 [message #157253 is a reply to message #157251] Wed, 19 March 2008 16:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I think that "2001: A Space Odyssey" inspired the Gypsy lip-reading in
"Mitchell", along with, of course, the merging of Dr. F with the "The
Worst Movie Ever Made" in "Laserblast". (There are probably other
references to his work, aren't there?)

-Doug Elrod (dre1@cornell.edu)
"Like Mystery Science Theater 2000!" (sic) -Becky Quick, CNBC anchor,
re the "Commentary" button on the next generation of Blu-Ray players
(Maybe Frank Conniff will push that button at some point! :-))
Re: OT: Arthur C. Clarke dead at 90 [message #157254 is a reply to message #157253] Wed, 19 March 2008 16:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: Derek Janssen

Doug Elrod wrote:

> I think that "2001: A Space Odyssey" inspired the Gypsy lip-reading in
> "Mitchell", along with, of course, the merging of Dr. F with the "The
> Worst Movie Ever Made" in "Laserblast". (There are probably other
> references to his work, aren't there?)

The monolith-choruses coming from the missile-that-wasn't-there, in
"Rocket Attack USA"...

Derek Janssen (how's the missile??)
ejanss1@verizon.net
Re: OT: Arthur C. Clarke dead at 90 [message #158290 is a reply to message #157254] Wed, 19 March 2008 20:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Derek Janssen <ejanss1@nospam.verizon.net> writes:

> Doug Elrod wrote:

>> I think that "2001: A Space Odyssey" inspired the Gypsy lip-reading in
>> "Mitchell", along with, of course, the merging of Dr. F with the "The
>> Worst Movie Ever Made" in "Laserblast". (There are probably other
>> references to his work, aren't there?)

> The monolith-choruses coming from the missile-that-wasn't-there, in
> "Rocket Attack USA"...

And there's the 'I was about to become a Star Child' moment in
Space Travelers, and a fair number of times that some automated machine
would talk in its obnoxious way and get labelled Hal. And, to branch
out from 2001 a bit, Crow's discovery that there are beekepers out there
(in ``Samson Versus The Vampire Women'') derives from 2010.

The Umbilicon/cus/port/etc is, as a tether from the Earth to
the Satellite of Love, a notion which Arthur C Clarke made famous in
_The Fountains of Paradise_ and in technical and popular essays that
explained such a thing was not completely insane an idea.

And I forget which Brain mentioned that in developing the
Observers they remembered Clarke's Third Law, that sufficiently
advanced technology becomes indistinguishable from magic, and thought
that even if people have sufficiently advanced technology they may
still be pretty dumb in a lot of ways.

I believe in a few experiments they identified vaguely
English-looking people as Arthur C Clarke. Arthur C Pierce was also
semi-identified that way, like at the start of The Human Duplicators.


That's a lot of stuff for me to have on the top of my head.
Wow.

--
Joseph Nebus
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Re: OT: Arthur C. Clarke dead at 90 [message #158291 is a reply to message #157253] Wed, 19 March 2008 20:34 Go to previous message
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Originally posted by: Bruce Probst

On Mar 20, 7:46 am, Doug Elrod <d...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> I think that "2001: A Space Odyssey" inspired the Gypsy lip-reading in
> "Mitchell", along with, of course, the merging of Dr. F with the "The
> Worst Movie Ever Made" in "Laserblast". (There are probably other
> references to his work, aren't there?)
>
> -Doug Elrod (d...@cornell.edu)
> "Like Mystery Science Theater 2000!" (sic) -Becky Quick, CNBC anchor,
> re the "Commentary" button on the next generation of Blu-Ray players
> (Maybe Frank Conniff will push that button at some point! :-))

How could you forget the opening "exercise wheel" sequence in The
Movie?

Bruce
Melbourne, Australia
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