Arthur C. Clarke

If it wasn’t for Arthur Clarke I never would have realised it was possible to pick up a piece of bone and hit people with it.

One of the very earliest incarnations of what became Soylent Red, when it was still sequestered on my old university’s internet society servers, had a “quote of the week” which remained for more than a semester: “The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion” — Arthur C. Clarke. The man knew where his towel was.