A couple of e-mails from ACC in the past few days resulted in
permission to pass the following along to members of this
list.  Enjoy!  (And you're invited to visit my Arthur C. Clarke links --
with photo archive -- by clicking *
HERE * after you read what's below. -- John C. Sherwood


The last two months were perhaps the most hectic in my life and included
a two weeks stay in Baltimore's famous Johns Hopkins medical  center,
where I was diagnosed for chronic inflammatory demyelinating
polyneuropathy, which has been causing numbness of my lower legs. That
together with post-polio syndrome now has me completely  wheel-chaired,
but I am happy to say that a quick check shows that my table tennis is
unimpaired.

During my trip the first target was the screening of Stanley Kubrick's
final (awesome!) version of 2001 at London's National Film Theatre and
then I visited the newly opened Arthur Clarke Centre for Space Studies
in Farnborough. When I arrived in Washington, USAF's Colonel Pete Worden
and Major Randy Correll took good care of me, and INTELSAT gave me a
splendid reception  where I met many old friends.

While I was in hospital I much appreciated visits by NASA Administrator
Dan Goldin and Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin. Dr. Dan Drachman, who first
examined me in 1988, completed tests and I enjoyed a visit to his
beautiful Maryland estate, loaded with art treasures...

In New York I stayed at my old venue, the Hotel Chelsea, where I spent
many months in the 60's writing 2001. Here I also enjoyed  meeting
numerous visitors - Walter Cronkite, Rupert Murdoch, Lou  Dobbs (I may
join his new  web  site: space.com), Woody Allen and Dan ("Moonatcher")
Richter, who wields that  bone club at the beginning of the movie.

As there are several hundred pieces of mail to be dealt with and a six
foot high pile of books and magazines, I doubt if I'll be fully up to
speed before the end of the year, but I am feeling fine and looking
forward to many exciting projects during the coming months. My main
commitment now - which takes precedence over everything else - is to
address the UN Conference on  World Television on November 19 (by
satellite, of course.)

Arthur Clarke
4 Nov  1999


(In a message on 16 Nov, ACC appended to the above:)

My address to the UN World TV Conference (19 Nov p.m New York) will be
on line soon - video tape just carried to the US by my Executive Officer
Nalaka Gunawardena.


(ACC also appended his latest schedule summary:)


KEYNOTE ADDRESS, UN WORLD TV CONFERENCE: 19 Nov (via satellite)

PROFILES OF THE FUTURE (Revised edition: Gollancz, Sept)
SPACE TRILOGY (Islands, Earthlight, Sands: Gollancz 2000)
IMPROVING THE NEIGHBORHOOD (Nature 4 Nov 99)
BARONS 500 (Foreword: 2000 Edition)
BARONS 500

CLARKE-C.S.LEWIS CORRESPONDENCE (Anamnesis Press)
THE TRIGGER (with Michael Kube-McDowell: Bantam, HarperCollins, Dec)
THE LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS (with S Baxter: Tor, HarperCollins, Feb)
INFINITY (Fractals: IMAX, Reuben Fleet Science Center)
CNN TALKBACK
INTO THE COMET (Sinhala movie)

ACC WEB SITE (www.acclarke.co.uk)
ACC INSTITUTE  (www.slt.lk/accimt)
STAMP PORTRAIT (www.lk/Nnews.html)
ENCOUNTER PROJECT (Sending ACC DNA to the stars:
2001+)                              

OPTIONED
RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA (Revelations Entertainment: Morgan Freeman)
A FALL OF MOONDUST (Bubble Factory)
CHILDHOOD'S END (Universal)
THE FOUNTAINS OF PARADISE (Susan Phillips/VIKAR Productions)
THE HAMMER OF GOD (Spielberg/Dreamworks)

UNDER DISCUSSION
THE LOST WORLDS OF 2001  (Millennium edition)
60 MINUTES (CBS TV)
CERN SYMPOSIUM: ARTS & SCIENCE
WALTER CRONKITE (TV)
CHANNEL 4 LECTURE (Radio)

SCHEDULE.ACC                     29 Oct 1999

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