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Flashback: Arthur C. Clarke Reflects on His 90th Birthday

“Hello, this is Arthur Clarke, speaking to you from my home… beyond the grave.”

Well, not really. But this YouTube video does, indeed, feature the great man himself addressing his legions of fans across the globe on his 90th birthday. Dressed in a nylon jogging suit (and curiously fascinated with pastel colors), Clarke talks about the past, present and future in his distinctive gravelly voice.

Of course, Clarke puts a wry smile on his mortality: “As I try to survive on 15 hours of sleep a day, I have plenty of time to enjoy vivid dreams, and being completely wheelchaired does not stop my mind from roaming the universe.”

And neither, hopefully, will the mere happenstance of being dead. Good luck, Arthur! We’ll miss you.

Sir Arthur C Clarke: 90th Birthday Reflections [YouTube]

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