My God, it’s full of stars…

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — An aide said science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke has died.

Rohan De Silva says Clarke died early Wednesday after suffering from breathing problems. He was 90.

Clarke is the author of more than 100 books, including 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Well… damn. I knew he was getting quite up there in age, but still this is something of a sad day. I’ve read a few of his books, including all four Space Odyssey books, Rendezvous With Rama, and The Songs of Distant Earth. What isn’t as well known is that he is credited for inventing the communications satellite. So, in several ways, the world owes quite a bit to Mr. Clarke.

Ah, well… may he rest well after such a long and productive life.