Arthur C. Clarke, RIP
When I was a student at the University of Oklahoma, the school would bring in noted scholars for intensive, several-day seminars.
I desperately wanted to be admitted to the Arthur C. Clarke seminar. I was just a freshman or a sophomore, though (I can't remember which anymore) and upperclassmen were preferred, so I didn't make the cut.
A couple of days before the seminar, though, someone dropped out, and I was allowed in. I skipped all of my classes the day before, and spent all day in the library, reading Clarke's just-issued brand new novel, IMPERIAL EARTH. It was a very interesting seminar.
Clarke, still one of my favorite people, died yesterday, as I'm sure you've heard by now. NY Times obit is here.