The way this month is going I shouldn’t have worried about not having enough fresh material for posts. Creative people who have influenced me are dying left and right and I am getting a little depressed about it. Steve Gerber, Dave Stevens, Gary Gygax and now, Arthur C Clarke. In fact, let me say this:
Creative people stop dying!!!!
Arthur C. Clarke was a big inspiration to me and that may surprise some of you. As a teenager, I read 2001 and I was struck by how believable the artificial intelligence,HAL 9000, was. I mean, I loved R2-D2 but even my naive young self knew that the droid was a character and was designed by movie makers. HAL 9000 felt like he was designed by programmers. His actions and his responses felt like anticipated responses. This fascinated me and was one of my first steps to thinking about how I think. It also got me started on taking basic programming classes in High School which taught me tons about critical thought and preparation.
Hey, remember when science fiction got you interested in real science instead of interested in thirty years of convoluted continuity and hot actresses?