Looks like the last of the Big Three have passed away. Arthur C. Clarke has passed away.
I don't read as much SciFi as I did when I was younger (why that is could be a subject for another post), but I always liked Clarke's books. Which is interesting because nothing ever really happens in his books. When you think SciFi you think fantastic, exciting stories. Star Wars is a great grand opera with lasers, glowing sabers, and mystics.
Clarke's books will have none of that nonsense. Take Rendezvous with Rama. If I were to sum up that book in a sentence it would be "This big space ship comes close to earth, a team goes in to explore, and there isn't much there." Sound mind-numbingly boring? It's not. It's considered a classic, and well should be.
Or take the movie 2001, which Clarke wrote. There is no dialogue in the first 20 minutes. It's just a bunch of apes wandering around. The movie is good, the book, superb.
So, if you've never read one of Clarke's books, do yourself a favor. Pick up Rendezvous with Rama, and give it a try. Then read Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and finish it off with Asimov's Foundation.
Clarke's death marks the end of an era, but we're lucky to have hundreds of books from these great authors, and entire worlds that for many are still undiscovered. Happy exploring.