*sigh* Sir Arthur C. Clarke, legendary futurist and visionary, father of the communications satellite and one of the world's best-known science-fiction and science-fact writers, has died in his longtime home of Sri Lanka. He was 90. I never actually met him in person -- he's been staying almost exclusively in Sri Lanka since the 50's -- but I was present at the now-infamous satellite video appearance he made at Dragon*Con several years ago. Ed, the convention chairman at the time, thought it'd be funny if we opened the video link from our end with two people in Klingon makeup and garb on-camera. Arthur was quite surprised for a moment, and then chuckled very appreciatively. It was priceless. Farewell, Arthur. May your final journey be gentle and may you always Walk In the Air.