Arthur C. Clarke, the U.K. science- fiction writer and futurist visionary, best known for the novel adapted for the film "2001: A Space Odyssey,'' has died. He was 90.
The author of almost 100 books, Clarke was an ardent promoter of the idea that humanity's destiny lay beyond the confines of Earth. It was a vision served most vividly by "2001: A Space Odyssey," the classic 1968 science-fiction film he created with the director Stanley Kubrick and the novel of the same title that he wrote as part of the project. In a slow-motion scene, the man-ape uses the bone to smash a skeleton in an increasingly violent frenzy, accompanied by Richard Strauss's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra.'' The theme was used by Elvis Presley as his opening song when he came on stage for his concerts
Arthur C. Clarke was honored with a British knighthood in 2000, and his work inspired the names of some spacecrafts, an asteroid and even a species of dinosaur.
Source: Various / Updated: Mar 19, 2008