Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 18th, 2008
An Associated Press News Alert confirms that science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90. Rohan De Silva says Clarke died early Wednesday, March 19, 2008 (local time) after suffering from breathing problems.
Clarke was born Arthur Charles Clarke on 16 December 1917. He was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name.
Tributes and mainstream obituaries will not be difficult to find about Clarke in the coming hours and days. In terms of cryptozoology, his 1980 television program Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World carried various individual episodes on cryptids.
The following episodes centered or touched on cryptozoological subject matter:
1. The Journey Begins – September 2, 1980
2. Monsters of the Deep – September 9, 1980
4. The Missing Apeman – September 23, 1980
6. Monsters of the Lakes – October 7, 1980
11. Dragons, Dinosaurs and Giant Snakes – November 11, 1980
13. Clarke’s Cabinet of Curiosities – November 25, 1980
The program on “Giant Snakes” is remembered in cryptozoology circles for images shown so widely for the first time of a large snake photographed from the air.
Photo of a giant snake observed in Congo during a helicopter flight. Col. Remy van Lierde estimated it was 50 feet in length.
Dr. Roy Mackal and James Powell show an illustration of a sauropod, the dinosaur with similar features to those attributed to the N’yamala (Mokele-mbembe).
Jack Ruttan’s drawing of a Mysterious World youthful Arthur C. Clarke.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.