Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Gone back to Space...

Arthur C. Clarke has left the planet.


Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: 1- It's completely impossible. 2- It's possible, but it's not worth doing. 3- I said it was a good idea all along.

I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical.

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.

We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 - and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?

The world's now cold, featureless, and culturally dead; nothing really new has been created since the Overlords came...
there's nothing left to struggle for, and there are too many distractions and entertainments.
-- Arthur C. Clarke, "Childhood's End"