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    I have to give the edge to Arthur C. Clarke.

    Envisioned the space elevator and Geosynchronous orbit satellites, the latter of which underlie our global telecom and communication and weather networks.

    His vision stretched into future and the past, e.g. 2001 and its sequels, a novel which spawned one of the seminal groundbreaking movies, 2001 A Space Odyssey. I still remember seeing in wide screen original release at the theater, and realizing from the chills up my spine that I was witnessing cinematic history.

    His novel The Deep Range tried to come to terms with the very essence of our humanity and how we, as a species, must come to terms with the other species that are at or emerging into what must be considered intelligence, the whales.

    And the series started with Rendevous with Rama is one of the key examples of fiction coming to grips with what must be our inevitable encounter with alien artifact technology and the fact that we are not alone in the universe.

    As much as I respect Asimov's incredible achievements, those of a truly encyclopedic mind, I have to give the edge for the total package of literature and depth that will endure to Arthur C. Clarke.

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 02:12:21 PM PDT

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