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Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For Sri

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:47:26 -0500
Archived: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:47:26 -0500
Subject: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For Sri

Source: Lanka Business OnLine - Colombo, Sri Lanka


14 December 2007

Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens And Peace For Sri Lanka

Dec 14, 2007 (LBO) =96 Celebrated science fiction writer and space
prophet Arthur C. Clarke yearns to see aliens and peace in his
adopted home in Sri Lanka, a video statement released ahead of
his 90th birthday said.

Clarke is widely known for his 1945 proposal to put up
geostationary communications satellites =96 an orbiting relay
station that moves at the same rate as the earth so that it
appears to be stationary from the ground =96 of which now there
are more than 300 going around in 'Clarke' orbits.

He also wrote futuristic fiction where humankind met advanced
space faring civilizations from other worlds.

Clarke who is celebrating his birthday on December 16 said his
fondest wish was to see evidence of extra =96terrestrial (ET)

"I have always believed that we are not alone in the universe,"
Clarke said.

"But we are still waiting for ETs to call us =96 or give us some
kind of a sign. We have no way of guessing when this might
happen =96 I hope sooner rather than later."

He also wanted to see cleaner energy and an end to the
'addiction' to crude oil. Clarke had written about energy from
nuclear fusion - the process that goes on inside a sun - that
could be an unlimited source of energy, while petroleum could be
used to synthesize food.

He said communications had progressed rapidly in his lifetime
and the mobile phone had turned humanity into an "endlessly
chattering global family".

"Communication technologies are necessary, but not sufficient,
for us humans to get along with each other," he said.

"This is why we still have many disputes and conflicts in the
world. Technology tools help us to gather and disseminate
information, but we also need qualities like tolerance and
compassion to achieve greater understanding between peoples and

He said the 20th century was the most barbaric in human history
and he would like humans to overcome "tribal divisions" and
begin to think like one family.

Clarke said his final wish was to see lasting peace in his
adopted country of Sri Lanka which has been wracked by ethnic
strife for decades.

"I've been living in Sri Lanka for 50 years =96 and half that
time, I've been a sad witness to the bitter conflict that
divides my adopted country," he said.

"I dearly wish to see lasting peace established in Sri Lanka as
soon as possible. But I'm aware that peace cannot just be wished
- it requires a great deal of hard work, courage and

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