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Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), the writer and scientific visionary pictured at his home in Sri Lanka in front of his satellite receiving dish. Clarke, the author of "2001: A Space Odyssey" and many other fiction and non-fiction works made consistent predictions of scientific developments since the 1940's, including: child-rearing by robot nurses; undersea farming; and geosynchronous communications satellites.
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