March 2008 has been a rough month for nerds. First came the passing of D&D co-creator Gary Gygax
. Now we hear that one of the mightiest names in science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke, has died.
Clarke, author of some of the genre's classics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Childhood's End, was a tireless enthusiast for science and technology. Arguably, though, Clarke's most striking contribution to humanity, published in a paper in 1945, was his idea of using geostationary satellites as communications relay stations.