Writer Arthur C. Clarke Dead at 90

Arthur C Clarke at his home in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.
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Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP) He was the visionary science fiction writer who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future.

Arthur C. Clarke has died in his adopted home of Sri Lanka at the age of 90. An aide says Clarke had been suffering from breathing problems.

His 1968 story “2001: a space odyssey” – written simultaneously as a novel and screenplay with director Stanley Kubrick -- was a frightening prophesy of artificial intelligence run amok.

Clarke also entered the homes of millions of Americans alongside Walter Cronkite anchoring television coverage of the Apollo moon landing.

He was credited with the concept of communications satellites in 1945, decades before they became a reality.

At a 90th birthday party thrown for Clarke in December, the author said he had three wishes: for Sri Lanka's raging civil war to end, for the world to embrace cleaner sources of energy and for evidence of extraterrestrial beings to be discovered.