Nerds like us (or, at least, me)

Many lovers of science fiction and fantasy are mourning recent passing of Gary Gygax (creator of Dungeons and Dragons) and Arthur C. Clarke (science fiction writer perhaps best known for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey).

The New York Times quotes Clarke talking about the relation of imagination to technological progress in a way that music educators might enjoy:

Mr. Clarke was well aware of the importance of his role as science spokesman to the general population: “Most technological achievements were preceded by people writing and imagining them,” he noted. “I’m sure we would not have had men on the Moon,” he added, if it had not been for H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. “I’m rather proud of the fact that I know several astronauts who became astronauts through reading my books.”

Here’s the whole obituary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/books/18cnd-clarke.html?ex=1363579200&en=8ffffca2465f63ff&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

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