In Memoriam: Arthur C. Clarke
He has stipulated that a secular funeral be held at his home in Sri Lanka.
He was a far-seer and while the veracity of his predictions enjoy a mixed success, I will always remember him for being the first science fiction writer I read.
"Trouble with the Natives"
"The Wind from the Sun" (the short story; also a book of collected short stories)
"The Food of the Gods"
and many others, including, of course, the story and the screenplay 2001: A Space Odyssey. I shall miss him. Eulogy at The Marquee Blog.