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Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Nonagenarian

Acc1There’s a good chance that SciFi Scanner readers receiving bookstore gift certificates this Christmas will be using them to purchase Firstborn, the new novel by Sir Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter. (It hits the shelves on Wednesday, December 26.) A follow-up to Time’s Eye and Sunstorm, Clarke’s latest work continues the saga of mankind’s encounters with the aliens responsible for the mysterious black monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Among the world’s most honored living science fiction writers, Clarke celebrated his 90th birthday this week. Maybe the warm climate of Sri Lanka—where he’s lived since 1954—partially accounts for his longevity but I like to think it’s his attitude. As Clarke once said, "Somewhere in me is a curiosity sensor. I want to know what’s over the next hill. You know, people can live longer without food than without information. Without information, you’d go crazy." That’s a youthful attitude if there ever was one.

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