It was with regret I heard that Arthur C Clarke died. Clarke was the last of the so called big three Science Fiction writers (the other being Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein).
When I discovered Science Fiction Clarke, along with Asimov, was one of the authors I devoured. I can still remember first reading classics like Childhood's End, Rendevouz with Rama and Against the Fall of Night.
To the populace he is remembered for his work with Kubrick on 2001 A Space Odyssey (even though he wrote better books).
Although books appeared with Clarke's name on them up until last year Clarke wasn't really active since the late 80's.
If you've never read Clarke (and if you are Science Fiction fan you should be totally ashamed of yourself) then I recommend novels like Childhoods End, Fountains of Paradise and Rendevouz with Rama (not the collaborations with Gentry Lee) or a collection that contains stories like the Star or the Nine Billion Names of God or Meeting with Medusa.
In later years he was mired in personal controversies which were never proven. I'll remember the good if I may.
Clarke was an SF god who dared dream, we won't see his like again.