Arthur C Clarke dies

"Science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90, an aide to the best-selling British author said.

Rohan De Silva said that Clarke died after suffering from breathing problems.

Clarke is the author of more than 100 books, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name."

From BBC Teletext

Misses what I would call his greatest contribution, a paper on the principle of geo-stationary satellites, now widely used for telecommunications, and also the 'space elevator' concept, a scientist as well as a science fiction author.