Sunday Mirror: ‘2001 Space Odyssey’ atheist science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was a pedophile

Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) was a celebrated British science fiction writer who became very famous when one of his books was made into the 1968 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick. Clarke was one of the “Big Three” of science fiction; the other two were Robert Heinlein and Issac Asimov.
An atheist who once said “I don’t believe in God or an afterlife,” Clarke was hostile to religion. He said that “One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion” and that religion is the “Most malevolent and persistent of all mind viruses. We should get rid of it as quick as we can.”
I had thought it curious that Clarke, a Brit, emigrated to Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) — a desperately poor country in S.E. Asia where the average per capita GDP in 1961 was US$582. There he lived for most of his life from 1956 until his death 52 years later in 2008 — a world-famous foreigner who was made chancellor of the Meratuwa University and to whom the government conferred tax-free status. We are told his move was “largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving,” but in his biography of Stanley Kubrick, author John Baxter cites Clarke’s homosexuality as a reason for his emigration, due to Sri Lanka’s more tolerant laws with regard to homosexuality.

I was once a scifi fan and had read Clarke’s books, including his much-lauded 1953 novel, Childhood’s End, and was repulsed by it. The book was an expansion of Clarke’s short story, Guardian Angel — about the arrival on Earth of mysterious but benign aliens who had been humanity’s guardians, which began a golden age of utopia on Earth. But the benign “Overlords” refused to reveal themselves to humanity, promising they would do so after 50 years when humans have become used to their presence. It turns out that humanity’s virtuous guardians look like the traditional Christian image of the devil: large bipeds with cloven hooves, leathery wings, horns, and tails.
In other words, Clarke’s beneficent devils are a variation on the notion that the much-maligned Lucifer, the “morning star,” is actually a benevolent and well-meaning being who brought knowledge, enlightenment and civilization to mankind.

Now, I finally know why Clarke moved to Sri Lanka and why I find Childhood’s End so repugnant.
The BBC reports that mere days before Prince Charles’ knighting of Arthur C. Clarke on February 4, 1998, the London Sunday Mirror had published a story that Clarke, then 80 years old, was a pedophile.
The Sunday Mirror story was a purported interview with Clarke in his Sri Lanka home, in which he said there’s nothing wrong with an adult having sex with children who’ve reached puberty. Clarke is quoted as saying:

Once they have reached the age of puberty, it is OK… It doesn’t do any harm. I am trying to think of the youngest boy I have ever had because, of course, you can’t tell it here. I think most of the damage comes from the fuss made by hysterical parents afterwards. If the kids don’t mind, fair enough.

The Sunday Mirror story sparked outraged protests in Sri Lanka.
Referring to a law on prevention of abuse of children below the age of 16 which had been unanimously passed by Sri Lanka’s parliament in October 1995, Maureen Seneviratne, co-ordinator of a children’s rights NGO called Peace (Protection of Environment and Children Everywhere), said, “I am amazed why the law has not been enforced as far as Clarke was concerned. Why do we have strong laws in Sri Lanka?”. Under the new law, which was put in place after a public outcry over pedophilia and child prostitution, pedophilia of a child under the age of 16 carries a minimum sentence of seven years imprisonment and a maximum of 20 years.
Seneviratne said her group had heard rumors about Clarke’s pedophile activities, but being a small NGO, her organization could not take it up as that would be like ”tilting at giants who have written books and been made chancellors of universities. It would have been like signing our own death warrant.”
According to Peter Popham of the UK Independent, Clarke claimed he had not been sexually active for 20 years. But the head of current affairs at the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Company — a friend of Clarke — said Clarke was still having sex with boys “a few months ago”.
Popham wrote:

“There are seedy aspects of foreign involvement with Sri Lanka. Elsewhere in Asia, paedophilia means sex tourism. In Sri Lanka some Europeans have come into the country posing – and even performing – as businessmen or philanthropists. They set up homes close to the idyllic west or south coast beaches, and also close to communities of impoverished former fishermen. They then win the trust of local boys and begin abusing them, paying them tiny sums of money in return.
A German man is serving a two-year sentence and two other cases are going through the courts, and up to 100 suspected paedophiles are deported every year. […]
Clarke has indeed been a wonderful fairy godfather for Sri Lanka. He set up the Arthur Clarke Centre for Modern Technologies 15 years ago with the money he received with a Marconi International Fellowship, and in a country that is still in many cases crushingly poor it is an inspiring success. Thanks to the centre, and Clarke’s generosity with his contacts, many Sri Lankan scientists punch well above their nation’s weight in research and development.”

Seneviratne said as many as 7,000 children were involved at any one time in Sri Lanka’s sex trade:

“Previous governments didn’t even look into it, because all they were concerned about was tourism. When we began working on the problem six years ago people thought the foreign paedophile was a wonderful fairy godfather giving out presents – so why were we rocking the boat? People were only outraged when the facts were brought to light.”

Here’s a thought: The Sunday Mirror is a UK newspaper, and libel laws there make it much easier to sue publications than in the U.S. But Clarke didn’t sue. The BBC also reported that the Sunday Mirror said they have the tape of the interview.
Bizarrely, around the same time as the Sunday Mirror‘s story on Arthur C. Clarke, David Asimov, son of the late Isaac Asimov — one of science fiction’s Big Three — was arrested for possession of child porn.
Luke Reiter reports for ZDnet that on March 5, 1998, California’s Santa Rosa Police Department arrested David Asimov, 46, and seized more than 4,000 computer disks and videotapes from his Bennett Ridge home. Asimov was charged with four federal counts of possession of child pornography with each count carrying a five year sentence.
Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Gary Medvigy said:

“There were thousands of disks, thousands of videos. Anything imaginable regarding sex between human beings and human beings, or human beings and animals, was there. Whatever your imagination can conjure up, he had it.”

On March 28, 2001, after David Asimov pled guilty to two counts in a plea bargain deal, U.S. District Court Judge Maxine M. Chesney sentenced him to only six months’ home detention with electronic monitoring and three years’ probation for possessing child pornography.
According to Phil Jayhan of LetsRollForums, “Asimov’s child porn stash was so big many child victims and perpetrators would have taken a fall, had Asimov been zealously prosecuted at trial.”
H/t independenceday of Voat
~Eowyn

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Zigggy
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Zigggy

Disgusting. Vile, vile scum of the earth.

josephbc69
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I’d heard he was gay, but understood he had an adult live-in partner, 25+, not mere children! Well, he may have been a good writer but he was a failure as a humane human, IMO of course. Readers here know my strong feelings on this from my very bad experience in 1963 when I was 19, newly arrived in the East Bay of CA. Maybe public floggings are still a good idea… just thinking out loud!

Todd
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Todd

Probably did have a live-in adult partner as well as his other interests. They were probably both in on it.

Maryaha
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He once said “I don’t believe in God or an afterlife”. Well, I can absolutely guarantee that he knows better now!
Wasn’t he a sort of “disciple” of Aleister Crowley, like Jack Parsons, or am I thinking of someone else?

MyBrainHurts
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MyBrainHurts

You might be thinking of L Ron Hubbard who hung out with Parsons and Crowley. Hubbard was a sci-for writer before he started Scientology.

Bone Fish
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Steven Broiles
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Hopefully, Clarke is in hell where he belongs.
I will say one thing: From what I have read, studied and heard from former professors, Ancient Rome was just about the absolute worst, as far as the widespreadness of Dionysian debauchery was concerned. But, given the worldwide abortion count, that may require a careful reconsideration.
But as I’ve said before, there is a movement out to sexualize our children. It has been proceeding incrementally, and it seems to be gaining steam. I’m not holding my breath waiting for Google to censor Salon, for example.

Christine Watts C.
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So, Asimov somehow ended up bullying the Santa Rosa D.A., due to the fame of others found among his vile child porn pictures? Oh brother! So, the Santa Rosa authorities have the literal ‘goods’ on many famous perps, due to Asimov’s stash, yet they don’t think they can pursue rounding them up and prosecuting them? I can only hope and pray the authorities in Santa Rosa are mainly trying to help protect the identities of the victims, by tabling more investigations, and prosecutions! This is a complete travesty, imo! An outside org. should be called in to do the investigations… Read more »

Josh
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Josh

Funny how that works out.
“Last week, the younger Asimov achieved his own unwanted notoriety when Santa Rosa police arrested him after searching his home and discovering what investigators say may be the biggest child pornography collection in Sonoma County history. ”
https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Charges-shatter-Asimov-son-s-reclusion-3099867.php

Christine Watts C.
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And, about Clarke’s disgusting behavior–money seems to be behind why the govt. of that country never bothered to check into the complaints about the man, until that law was passed, and that wonderful group was formed to try and ferret out perps like Clarke, and to help the abused children–“Money talks, and B.S. walks”–at least it certainly seems that way to me.

STEFAN MATUN
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Reblogged this on My Blog and commented:
‘2001 Space Odyssey’ Science-Fiction-Schriftsteller Arthur C. Clarke war ein Pädophiler

Todd
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I read Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” as a teenager. It was pretty fashionable at the time. I had not developed into the Christian I am today, and, in fact, I was quite a worldly young person and over exposed to the media. Even so, it never sat right with me. The happy ending or moral to the story was just so bleak and hollow. Its not as bad as the putrid Childhood’s End, but the vibe is there. I now see sci-fi is a new age religion, and they’ve been pushing it for a long while. It… Read more »

MyBrainHurts
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There’s some good sci-fi out there. You just have to dig for it. Orson Scott Card, C S Lewis….

Seumas
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Seumas

I did some research on this subject a while back, oddly enough Todd, it was originally a side-track from another branch of research I was doing at the time. Turns out most of “Sci-fi” came about from the occult… I found out the term “star ship” that is a virtual staple of the sci-fi genre was actually coined in a crazy anti-christian “channeled” (but I hear plagiarized by and large from earlier texts) text that was aiming to try to supplant the Bible proper, typed up on a typewriter by john ballou newbrough, a spiritualism cultist, called “oahspe”. (He had… Read more »

TrailDust
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TrailDust

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The recent Hillary photo seems to fit right in here. And now I know another reason why Clark’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” always gave me a bad feeling.

josephbc69
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Gadzooks, traildustfotm, why no warning that eye-bleach will be needed?

Jackie Puppet
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Jackie Puppet

LOL – What josephbc69 said!
I can’t “unsee” this!

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Wow, you just never know what is going on.