Arthur C. Clarke

Sad news comes that Arthur C. Clarke has died. I can remember watching his Mysterious World series as a child, and then his books being one of the reasons that got me into SF – particularly Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood’s End.

When the first European ATV was launched to the International Space Station last week, I noticed that it had been named after Jules Verne and wondered if the ones that follow it would be named after authors too. While there are a number of objects and other things named after him in the stars already – both in reality and fiction – I think it’d be fitting for the second ATV to be named after him