At 90, sci-fi guru Clarke yearns for E.T., green energy, peace
Posted On December 17, 2007
COLOMBO (Reuters) – Turning 90 on Sunday, British science fiction writer and visionary Sir Arthur C. Clarke has three birthday wishes: For E.T. to call, for man to kick his oil habit and for peace in his adoptive Sri Lanka.
Marking his “90th orbit of the sun,” the prolific author and theorist who was one of the first to suggest the use of satellites orbiting the earth for communications, would like to be remembered foremost as a writer — and predicts commercial space travel will one day be commonplace.
“If I may be allowed just three wishes … I would like to see some evidence of extraterrestrial life. I’ve always believed that we’re not alone in the universe, but we’re still waiting for E.T. to call us or give us some kind of sign,” he said in a video posted on Web site www.youtube.com.
“Secondly, I would like to see us kick our current addiction to oil and adopt clean energy sources,” he added. “Climate change has now added a new sense of urgency… We can’t allow coal and oil to slowly bake our planet.”
And thirdly, he turns to Sri Lanka, where he has lived for the past 50 years, written many of his more than 80 books and received the Indian Ocean island nation’s top civilian honor in 2005 for his contributions to science and technology and his commitment to his adopted country.
“I’ve been living in Sri Lanka for 50 years, and half that time I’ve been a sad witness to a bitter conflict that divides my adopted country, and dearly wish to see lasting peace established in Sri Lanka as soon as possible,” Clarke said.