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A MESSAGE FROM ARTHUR C. CLARKE

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By thisistwitchy  •  December 30, 2004 11:43 AM

Renowned science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who lives with his family in Sri Lanka, survived the tsunami. The Associated Press excerpts an e-mail Clarke authored yesterday letting friends know of his fate.

A reader with ties to Clarke forwarded me the entire message, which includes Clarke’s plea for aid to Sri Lanka and also a note about another natural disaster Clarke wrote about in his first book on Sri Lanka. Here’s the full message (also available here):

Dear XXXX,

Thank you for your concern about my safety in the wake of last Sunday’s devastating tidal wave.

I am enormously relieved that my family and household have escaped the ravages of the sea that suddenly invaded most parts of coastal Sri Lanka, leaving a trail of destruction.

But many others were not so fortunate. For over two million Sri Lankans and a large number of foreign tourists holidaying here, the day after Christmas turned out to be a living nightmare reminiscent of The Day After Tomorrow. My heart-felt sympathy goes out to all those who lost family members or friends.

Among those who directly experienced the waves were my staff based at our diving station in Hikkaduwa, and my holiday bungalows in Kahawa and Thiranagama

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