from ap: 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... Co-author with Stanley Kubrick of Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey," Clarke was regarded as far more than a science fiction writer.
arthur c. clarke: the final interview
from danger room: Spectrum has what appears to be the final interview with Arthur C. Clarke, conducted in January of this year (while Clarke was in the hospital). Clarke discusses geo-stationary communications satellites, space elevators, and his thoughts on private-sector space travel. It's an interesting dialog with a futurist and visionary who lived to see some of his predictions come true, most notably the satellites (space elevators are still a ways off). Clarke gave few interviews in his later years, so the Spectrum interview is well worth a listen.