Arthur C. Clarke, the visionary science fiction writer, died Wednesday in his home in Sri Lanka at the age of 90. The Associated Press reports that Clarke, who had fought with post-polio syndrome since the 1960s died after suffering breathing problems.
Clarke was the author of more than 100 books on space, science and the future, the most well-known of which may have been 2001: A Space Odyssey. Clarke co-wrote the novel with director Stanley Kubrick, who would gain much acclaim for the film version of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
More than just a science fiction writer, Clarke was credited with the concept of communications satellites in 1945, years before they would become a reality. Geosynchronous orbits, which keep the satellites in a fixed position relative to the Earth, are called Clarke orbits in his honor. Additionally, Clarke joined Walter Cronkite as a commentator on the U.S. Apollo moonshots in the late '60s.
Clarke was married in 1953, and was divorced in 1964. He had no children and is survived by his brother, Fred, and sister, Mary. His body will be brought to his home in Colombo so friends and fans can pay their respects before his burial. According to his wishes, the funeral will be a secular affair. Clarke once wrote "Absolutely no religious rites of any kind, relating to any religious faith, should be associated with my funeral."