Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90

Arthur C Clarke Mar 18, 2008 - Sir Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who co-wrote "2001: A Space Odyssey" and won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday, an aide said. He was 90 yrs old.

Clarke, who had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s, died at 1:30 a.m. in his adopted home of Sri Lanka after suffering breathing problems.

A very sad day indeed for sci-fi geeks everywhere. Goodbye Art! I shall watch the movie '2001: a Space Odyssey' over and over while tripping acid. The beginning and the end will be different every time, and it's all Stanley Kubrick's fault for giving out hits at the premiere in 1968 making viewers addicted to mind altering substances and his extraordinary filmmaking. I was just a wee little hippie cave-dwelling freak then, barely a twinkle in a hallucinating prehistoric monkey's eye. Oh, our minds will never be the same!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with 2001, you can watch a few of clips from the greatest science fiction novel turned into a movie...EVER.

The Short Version: Knuckle-Dragging-Protruding-Forehead-Drool-Laden-Smelly Troglodyte Friendly

The Shorter Version: ADD Friendly

If you look hard enough at the end, you'll see Mr. Clarke
dancing inside the mysterious monolith from Jupiter.

But what really made this movie captivating, I think, was the music, don't you?

The Movie Version: Ear Friendly

Have you ever taken a dump to this song? A dump has never been so epic let me tell you. Actually, anything you do to this song is epic. Try it... go ahead, anything... in slow motion of course.

The Original Budget Friendly Version

Man, that version of the song really sucked. It's a good thing they changed it.

However, I believe this by far is the best 2001 soundtrack. I can't imagine why they didn't use this in the final edit. It's a keeper.

And I can't leave out a 2001 movie blooper!

All sound effects courtesy Stanley Kubrick.

For those of you who are still confused, then I haven't given up on you.
Enjoy this descriptive animation of the movie and novel:
The Space Odyssey explained


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