Think fondly of him when you use your sat navs, he conceived the idea of the geostationary satellite, which is why they're called Clarke orbits. Another of those authors like Isaac Asimov and Hal Clement where the Science in Science Fiction should be plausible. Sadly a dying art as most authors now seem to think anything that a fevered imagination or CGI can create will do.
Too true, that's the problem I had with Odo and the Dominion shapeshifters on DS9. How does a 200lb humanoid blob turn into a tiny weeny songbird and fly away and then turn back into its original full sized form, whatever happened to conservation of mass ? Assuming I'm ready to allow shapeshifting amoeboids, the bird would have needed to be the size of a light aircraft to get off the ground.
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