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Monday, December 28, 2015

Mailvox: Arthur C. Clarke: Predator or victim?

TS objects to the inclusion of Arthur C. Clarke among the pedophiles of science fiction:
I just finished reading “Safe Space as Rape Room” and I’m disappointed that you continue to include Sir Arthur Clarke in your list of child predators.  Following up on our earlier email correspondence I spent time over several days looking at everything I could on the Internet about this.  And no, I did not go to Sri Lanka.  What I found during my research satisfied me that he’s innocent of the charge.

Clarke denied (on multiple occasions) that he ever said what was alleged in the Daily Mirror.  He is also on record saying that pedophilia is wrong.  None of his writings give any hint whatsoever that he favors pedophilia.  When Sri Lankan police and Interpol asked the Daily Mirror for tapes of the interview, they were not produced.  The Sri Lankan authorities are on record as saying that Clarke “has been cleared” of the pedophilia charges against him.  Why do you believe the Daily Mirror’s accusations but not Clarke’s denials and the Sri Lankan authorities?  And, and I think this is very telling, why did no one come forward after he died and accuse him of sex abuse (ala Jimmy Savile)?

I think you are seriously wronging Sir Arthur.  Please don’t put him into the same category with Kramer, Delaney, Zimmer et al.  He doesn’t deserve it.
Why don't I believe Clarke's denials? Because most criminals are not prone to openly confessing to criminal activity. Why don't I believe the Sri Lankan authorities? I do believe them. But they did not clear him of the pedophilia charges made against him, they simply stated the fact that no actual charges had been made.
National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) chief Jagath Wellawatte said there was no case against the writer, who captured the world's imagination with 2001: A Space Odyssey and visions of extra-terrestrial civilisations.

"We had no case against Clarke and no one had come forward to say they were abused by him," Mr Wellawatte said.

The agency was established under new child protection laws enacted after the allegations against Clarke surfaced.

"We have not had any formal complaint or testimony from anyone saying they were abused by Sir Arthur," said NCPA investigator WTD Wijesena. "We cannot go on the basis of rumours."
That is not an investigation and exoneration. That is simply an absence of a victim willing to testify against a powerful and influential man. Furthermore, there is documentary evidence that the media went to some lengths to look the other way.
The News of the World spiked an exclusive story exposing the science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke as a paedophile, according to a new book about life inside the newspaper whose closure was announced a year ago today.
Can we say for certain that Clarke was a pedophile? No, not at this point. But what we can say is that the claims, by Clarke and others, that he was "celibate" and "unable to engage in sexual relations" for decades sound eerily like the same claims about Walter Breen's impotence that were made falsely by Marion Zimmer Bradley before he was convicted of molesting children.

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57 Comments:

Blogger Jourdan December 28, 2015 12:09 PM  

We can also say that no sexually healthy mature man chooses to share his household exclusively with under-age "houseboys", as Clarke clearly did. Nor do they move to a very badly under-developed country to do so.

Blogger pyrrhus December 28, 2015 12:11 PM  

All you have to do is read "Childhood's End" to realize Clarke is a creep...And his writing on human relationships never rang true, unlike his technical stuff.

Blogger Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery December 28, 2015 12:22 PM  

Was Arthur C Clarke a paedo?

I hope not, and nothing has ever been proven against him.

On the other hand, some of what we do know about his private life is troubling. Why did he, a gay man, marry an American divorcee with a young son? Why did he choose to live in Sri Lanka, a dirt-poor and backward country wracked with periodic bouts of violence and infamous for European paedophile sex tourism? If the Daily Mirror lied about him, why didn't he sue? He could easily have afforded to.

Blogger maniacprovost December 28, 2015 12:35 PM  

I can't argue against including him on a list of "possible SFWA pedophiles," or looking at his close associates. Given the lack of accusations and the fact that he's dead, I think you have to presume innocence.

Blogger The Other Robot December 28, 2015 12:40 PM  

And Bill Clinton insisted "I never had sexual relations with that woman."

Anonymous Idiandude December 28, 2015 12:53 PM  

My two cents - I used to date a Sri lankan divorcee who was married to a high flying lawyer from Colombo. It was an open secret in their circles hat Clarke liked teenage age boys.

Blogger Sam vfm #111 December 28, 2015 1:07 PM  

Guys, sex with teenagers is not pedophila. It may be illegal and/or immoral but it is very different from pedophila.

"Pedophilia or paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger."
Pedophilia

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian December 28, 2015 1:14 PM  

Guys, sex with teenagers is not pedophila. It may be illegal and/or immoral but it is very different from pedophila.

By definition true, but the amount of buggering of the just pubescent and prepubescent going on in science fiction circles is statistically improbable when cared to the population as a whole.

WTF is wrong with these people? Probably best to assume they all are molesters unless they can prove themselves otherwise.

Anonymous Goodnight December 28, 2015 1:37 PM  

I remember back in the 90's seeing a profile of him in Sri Lanka and noticing there were what appeared to be teenage boys hanging around. I thought that seemed a bit creepy, and that was before I even knew he was gay. You just usually don't see elderly men hanging around with teenagers who aren't family.

I did really like "Rendezvous with Rama" though. It was a very unique approach to a first contact story.

Anonymous WillBest December 28, 2015 1:44 PM  

@4 Are people regularly combing the Sri Lankan countryside looking for people with stories to tell about Brits? Doesn't seem like there would be a lot of opportunity.

Homosexuals don't get the benefit of the doubt since a substantial minority of them are also kiddie diddlers.

Anonymous Kreator December 28, 2015 1:54 PM  

Guys, excuse me for asking, but recently I was gifted the book "More than human" by Theodore Sturgeon, and I have not opened it, yet, let me ask you, reading the back cover this story involves a lot (A LOT) of minors, what do you say about this book, also, what do you say about the author? Wiki is not really helpful on that regard, my thanks in advance, ilk.

Blogger dc.sunsets December 28, 2015 1:56 PM  

There remains no protection for people too young to protect themselves other than a father openly willing to go Full Medieval on anyone who established an asymmetrical sexual liaison with his son or daughter. This includes fully adult women who seek out teenaged boys (or girls) as a means of dominating another person.

Feeding such people into a wood chipper, while graphic, would be too quick.

Blogger rycamor December 28, 2015 1:59 PM  

2. pyrrhus December 28, 2015 12:11 PM

All you have to do is read "Childhood's End" to realize Clarke is a creep...And his writing on human relationships never rang true, unlike his technical stuff.


Childhood's End is about as maniacally gleeful a celebration of Satanism as I've ever seen. Sure, he hides it with the fig leaf of science fiction aliens, but it's obvious that he intends the destruction of all that has been traditionally held good.

Blogger dc.sunsets December 28, 2015 2:01 PM  

Homosexuals don't get the benefit of the doubt since a substantial minority of them are also kiddie diddlers.
Another reason homo "marriage" and the inevitable horrors downstream of homos adopting (on an equal footing with hetero couples now, I'm sure) are so outrageous.

The line to the wood chipper should include all those whose Virtue Signaling included cheering such predictable folly.

Blogger Nate December 28, 2015 2:02 PM  

"Feeding such people into a wood chipper, while graphic, would be too quick. "

not if ya do it feet first.

Anonymous Swiggy December 28, 2015 2:05 PM  

Meanwhile, outside the echo chamber

http://verysmartbrothas.com/who-won-2015/

Anonymous RatDog December 28, 2015 2:32 PM  

This salvo supporting your broadside against SFWA with the latest Castalia House articles is nothing less than brilliant.

You gave them every opportunity to leave you alone after the initial attacks and they didn't-- a win at the moral level. You found their weak point-- their association with known and convicted pedophiles-- which gives you the high ground at both the mental and moral levels.

You got the initial notoriety you wanted with multiple SP and RP campaigns-- a win at the physical level. Now they can't ignore you again and there is active publicity on their side about what to do with the next SP/RP iteration-- no way to flush this down the memory hole now.

And what I'm sure will be a jewel in the crown-- nominating the latest Castalia House series on SFWA pedophiles for a Hugo award in at least one category. You might not win but getting on the ballot is enough and you've got the support to do it. Even mainstream media is likely to pick up on this. I think that the executive committees responsible for counting votes might try to do to it what the Republican National Committee will do to Trump at the convention. But the damage is still done.

When you link SFWA and the Hugos to the pedophiles, Tor to the Hugos, and GRRM and rape to Tor, somebody is going to connect the dots. I don't think respectable authors will want to be linked to Tor in upcoming years. And if they get in enough trouble financially, Tor may even demand their advance back from Scalzi.

This is going to be interesting to watch playing out. I'm wondering what other dark secrets have been dug up but not yet publicized.

When they tried to throw you out of SFWA (the old leftist "purge and publicize" tactic), they should have been very wary when you publicized the play by play. That was like seizing your bishop on a chess board and thinking only one move ahead.

They made a fatal error in attacking you when they cannot withstand an attack themselves. If you can't withstand a counterattack, you have to do so asymmetrically. They didn't. And you, made yourself into a bit of a tar baby-- or anti-fragile.

Furthermore, you launched periodic skirmish attacks via your blog and waited for them to make mistakes not necessarily with any other goal than retribution. That's exactly the kind of 4GW opponent you don't want.

I'm struck by a line you wrote in a past post:

However, unlike the generals firmly stuck in 2GW, Ender has an open mind. When I mentioned the similarity between my style and 3GW (he's read ON WAR so he is up on the post-Westphalian generations), he commented: "Yeah, when you set up you just throw your counters all over the place and I have no idea what you're even trying to do. Then they run around like their pants are on fire until you spot a problem and go after it. Maybe that's why I've lost about the last 15 games."

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2014/10/fifth-frontier-war-prelude.html

What really gets me about SFWA and Tor and their critical weakness is that they didn't see just how big of a weakness it is on every level. Ask any cop what he hates most-- what galls at him at the most fundamental level-- and he'll tell you it is seeing abused and hurt children. Short of psychosis and a satanic spirituality, there is not way to desensitize the human soul to hurting children.

This whole thing would be fun to watch playing out if they weren't so dedicated to the lowest depths of evil.

Blogger RobertT December 28, 2015 2:48 PM  

Where there's smoke, there's fire.

Most pedophiles are walking the street completely free and without restriction. The level of evidence required for a district attorney to prosecute child molestation is far greater than any other crime, including murder. Most juries are unwilling to convict someone of this crime without overwhelming evidence, which generally means testimony by the victim, who are often as young as three years old and still so traumatized they will never recover, let alone testify coherently at such a young age with the wound still raw in their mind. On top of all that, you put someone on trial doesn't mean the newspapers will cover it. They generally don't. As icing on the cake, if the conviction rate is 1%, despite prosecutions reluctance to try these cases, I would be surprised. And I'm getting the impression you know all of that too.

So search all you want on the internet and you won't find anything. All you're doing is making me think you understand the process better than most people, and that raises questions in my mind. And foul odors in my nose.

Anonymous VFM #0189 December 28, 2015 2:49 PM  

Not only was Clarke not celibate according to his close friends, they defended him on the basis that his prediliction was for men between ages 20 and 25, and that he frequented the boy areas with other foreign "lizards" to find them.

Finally Childhood's End is a big long treatise that separates children from parents as specially evolved creatures...a big idea in Breen's book.

If anything the CH posts didn't hit Clarke hard enough.

Blogger Cinco December 28, 2015 2:51 PM  

"Feeding such people into a wood chipper, while graphic, would be too quick. "

No one says you can't stop and take a break every inch.

Anonymous VFM #0189 December 28, 2015 2:53 PM  

Walter Breen makes the same claims: problem is that pedophiles always lie about the age limits they are interested in.

Breen did. Bradley did. Asimov did. Kramer did. Clarke may have.

Blogger Bob Wallace December 28, 2015 3:04 PM  

"Theodore Sturgeon"

You could ask Thomas Disch about Sturgeon's sexual inclinations, if he was still alive.

Blogger Nick S December 28, 2015 3:04 PM  

Just remember to use the link above when you go to Amazon to purchase your wood-chipper. #almosteverybodywins

Anonymous Jon Bromfield December 28, 2015 3:09 PM  

I'm curious as to why David Asimov is included. He is merely the sad dullard Aspie son of a science fiction great and not involved in any SF related activities. I don't know anybody in the field who excused or even spoke about his child porn problems. It is true that Issac clearly did not care for and was embarrassed by his son and occasionally verbally abused him, but that just speaks to his father's character.

Anonymous vfm# 0202 December 28, 2015 3:23 PM  

Nope, it ain't White Tears inspiring the alt.right. It's seeds y'all have been planting.

My first WTF was about 25 years ago. I was a software contractor on the LA subway, and one day my boss tells me I am taking a 25% pay cut because he needs to hoist a minority owned business onto the gravy train in between him and me. Took me 3 days to find another gig, the subway got built, the sista got the money on the books and kicked back 50% of the spread offa them, no harm no foul.

But this: me and my ancestors was thousands of miles away in NZ and Lithuania when All That was happening. How did I get caught in the middle of this? Oh, it's my skin? Gotcha.

Yeah, I know the struggle has PhDs willing to say black racism is impossible because reasons. That makes it true. Well, truthy enough for government work, anyway.

Forget that weak-ass conscience, y'all got enough rage to never even look in that direction. Anything you do to get even with YT is justified, amiright?

Love y'all, and Merry Christmas. Enjoy the harvest.

Blogger VD December 28, 2015 3:23 PM  

I'm curious as to why David Asimov is included. He is merely the sad dullard Aspie son of a science fiction great and not involved in any SF related activities.

How do you think he got that way?

Blogger Adam Meek December 28, 2015 3:30 PM  

Sturgeon was a great writer, he was a liberal who wrote a pro homo story (think it was called the lovebirds) but nothing like the sick garbage Chip Delaney wrote. More than human is a classic.

Anonymous Dave Gerrold's Cabana Boy December 28, 2015 3:31 PM  

"Outside the echo chamber" *laughs* the folks who write at VSB are just garden variety midwits who fancy themselves Marilyn Vos Savant because they look around and notice that they are 1sd smarter than the ppl around them. Throw in liberal and urban black virtue signaling and some catchy lingo along for keepin' it real yo, and you pretty much sum up VSB

Blogger James Dixon December 28, 2015 3:42 PM  

> Given the lack of accusations and the fact that he's dead, I think you have to presume innocence.

A US court of law would have to presume innocence. Individuals making day to day decisions don't have that requirement.

Blogger White Knight Leo #0368 December 28, 2015 3:46 PM  

@28

Still, a lack of accusations gives us nothing but rumors to work with. Did he associate with anyone later credibly so accused? That would be evidence for me.

Blogger TheOldCrusader December 28, 2015 3:59 PM  

17.RobertT

"The level of evidence required for a district attorney to prosecute child molestation is far greater than any other crime, including murder. Most juries are unwilling to convict someone of this crime without overwhelming evidence, which generally means testimony by the victim, who are often as young as three years old and still so traumatized they will never recover, let alone testify coherently at such a young age with the wound still raw in their mind."

Are you serious RobertT?
Ever heard of the Fells Acre cases?
Google that and "Dorothy Rabinowitz" as well.

There have been many abuse cases prosecuted and convicted on preposterous evidence.
Take a look at Janet Reno's record as well.

25. VD
" 'I'm curious as to why David Asimov is included....'
How do you think he got that way?"

VOX
I certainly don't know how David Asimov got that way.

Do you have any solid information that throws light on the case?

Is it your opinion that child molesters are invariably themselves molestees and that this establishes Issac as a molester?

I could easily agree that old man Asimov seems a cold and uncaring father. But beyond that...?

Blogger VD December 28, 2015 4:10 PM  

Is it your opinion that child molesters are invariably themselves molestees and that this establishes Issac as a molester?

No. My opinion is that many molesters were themselves molestees. Such as, for example, Samuel Delaney. What this indicates is that the younger Asimov was probably molested at some point by someone in science fiction circles.

Almost surely not his father, as Isaac Asimov was known for his tendency to pinch adult women's bottoms.

Anonymous jdgalt December 28, 2015 4:12 PM  

I'm very disappointed in you, Vox.

"Accusations of rape/DV/child molestation, without evidence, must always be believed" is an SJW belief. Their opponents ought to be above that.

Anonymous Jon Bromfield December 28, 2015 4:12 PM  

Robyn Asimov seems to have turned out alright but then Issac doted on her because she was pretty and clever. Poor David had to endure his father's disappointment and disdain, often expressed in print for all the world to read. From what I've read, David is just a pathetic but gentle little nobody who gets off on kiddie porn. Absolutely no evidence he ever bothered a child, though.

Anonymous YIH December 28, 2015 4:16 PM  

@23. Jon Bromfield:
I don't know anybody in the field who excused or even spoke about [David Asmov's] child porn problems.
Jared Fogle thanks you Jon.

Blogger VD December 28, 2015 4:18 PM  

I'm very disappointed in you, Vox.

I don't care.

"Accusations of rape/DV/child molestation, without evidence, must always be believed" is an SJW belief.

There are no accusations. There were admissions on some now-missing tapes. You have to be pretty damned innocent or moronic to believe an old homosexual moves to a sex tourism site in order to live a celibate life surrounded by underage houseboys.

Read the Breen depositions. Then read Clarke's defense of himself. I have zero doubt that he was a pedophile. No one believed Kramer was, or that Marion Zimmer Bradley was either, until presented with undeniable evidence.

Some of us are smart enough to figure it out without needing it to be spelled out slowly for us in words of one syllable.

Anonymous Jon Bromfield December 28, 2015 4:22 PM  

"What this indicates is that the younger Asimov was probably molested at some point by someone in science fiction circles."

Perhaps, but I doubt it. IA was so embarrassed by his only son that he rarely if ever introduced him to his friends and colleagues. And unlike Robyn, David was never seen with his father at SF conventions or events.

I remember cringing when reading Issac mentioning in one of his autobiographies that he wasn't really disappointed in his boy as great men rarely have exceptional sons.

Thanks, dad.

Anonymous Minion #0172 December 28, 2015 4:25 PM  

Agree with Vox: Clarke may not have been a pedophile, but that would be the way to bet it.

Anonymous TPC December 28, 2015 4:27 PM  

Theodore Sturgeon wrote a short story promoting incest as more evolved and the way for humans to achieve total social harmony. It's in Harlan Ellison's first Dangerous Visions anthology, which was all about "edgy" and "trangressive" stories. Most of them (in both collections he finished) are very dated and like current SJW special nominated fiction are often not even or only barely sci-fi.

Anonymous VFM #0189 December 28, 2015 4:40 PM  

David Asimov funded a child porn studio using Asimov empire money. How big of a connection do you need?

Anonymous KoranBurningFaggot December 28, 2015 4:42 PM  

Guys, sex with teenagers is not pedophila. It may be illegal and/or immoral but it is very different from pedophila.

I when the news about Brian Singer came out I heard several people defend him, but they never acknowledged that eventually his victims would be too old to have people pay for trips around the world, and they would have no marketable skills. Most of the homeless trannies in San Fran where likely dating (whatever H word for guys that screw 13-15yos is) until they got too old.

Are people regularly combing the Sri Lankan countryside looking for people with stories to tell about Brits?

Keep in mind the average lifespan of poor in those areas. Any kids he screwed might be dead, he also could have used a fake name like Phil Sandsnifer.

Most pedophiles are walking the street completely free and without restriction. The level of evidence required

If parents lawyer up before evidence gathering its almost impossible to get a conviction. Some healthcare workers have such bad poker faces that parents can guess they are being suspects. Its not just the nurses but even secretaries can give it away.

Take a look at Janet Reno's record as well.

Look at HilLIARy she was happy to get a black child rapist off.

Blogger TS December 28, 2015 4:43 PM  

As I am the "TS" which prompted this blog post and thread, I feel compelled to comment. VD leaves out the most compelling argument I gave him and that is this; in the 7+ years since Clarke's funeral, no one, NO ONE, has come forward and said that they had sex with Clarke when they were a minor or that they had been abused by Clarke. Contrast that with the accusations which poured out against Jimmy Saville immediately after his funeral. Contrast that with the thousands of accusations of molestations made against teachers and Priests.

@8 - "Probably best to assume they all are molesters unless they can prove themselves otherwise." What would convince you that he didn't molest children?

@13 - "Childhood's End is about as maniacally gleeful a celebration of Satanism as I've ever seen." I think you saw the crappy TV series and haven't read the book.

@17 - RobertT - you make at least five assertions about child abuse / molestation and I'm the one who "...understands the process better than most people"? You're smelling your own foulness...

@35 - "There are no accusations"..."I have zero doubt that he was a pedophile". That's an accusation "a charge or a claim that someone has done something illegal or wrong".

If someone can find a credible claim by anyone that Clarke had sex with them as a minor and/or abused them, then I will admit I'm wrong about him. Until then, the accusations against Clarke are more Kern County than anything else...

Anonymous Jon Bromfield December 28, 2015 4:48 PM  

I stand corrected. Several people have informed me that David Asimov was often at SF conventions and events when he was a child. Apparently as his mental and social deficiencies became manifest, daddy's affections declined and poor David was seen no more.

Blogger James Dixon December 28, 2015 4:55 PM  

> That's an accusation...

Saying that you believe something to be true is not the same thing as claiming that it is true.

Blogger VD December 28, 2015 4:58 PM  

VD leaves out the most compelling argument I gave him and that is this; in the 7+ years since Clarke's funeral, no one, NO ONE, has come forward and said that they had sex with Clarke when they were a minor or that they had been abused by Clarke.

It's not compelling at all. That's like claiming that if no prostitutes come forward after Charlie Sheen's death, it will be a compelling case that Charlie Sheen never used prostitutes. The two situations are very different; you're dealing with two different cultures.

Which, of course, is why Clarke moved to Sri Lanka in the first place. See the new post.

Blogger Nate December 28, 2015 4:58 PM  

"As I am the "TS" which prompted this blog post and thread, I feel compelled to comment. VD leaves out the most compelling argument I gave him and that is this; in the 7+ years since Clarke's funeral, no one, NO ONE, has come forward and said that they had sex with Clarke when they were a minor or that they had been abused by Clarke."

Precisely who are those sri lankan boys supposed to tell? Its sri lanka. Its like going to thailand and asking the 8 year old if some old dude screwed her.

She'd be like... Which one of 1000 men who've done that are you talking about?

Blogger VD December 28, 2015 4:59 PM  

I stand corrected. Several people have informed me that David Asimov was often at SF conventions and events when he was a child.

Good for you. I'm not surprised to learn that, but I only assumed he would have been. One wonders if he was at any of Walter Breen's now-infamous parties.

Anonymous KoranBurningFaggot December 28, 2015 5:14 PM  

VD leaves out the most compelling argument I gave him and that is this; in the 7+ years since Clarke's funeral, no one, NO ONE

Most of the boys probably died of malnutrition + disease + poor sanitation before Clarke did. In the next post it lists the price for underage boysex there as ~$15US, how much do you think it would cost to have a lower class accuser killed.

Anonymous Malwyn's apprentice December 28, 2015 5:15 PM  

All of my MZB books are in the basement (haven't decided on whether to shred, recycle, or donate), I've read the Delaney excerpts (& need brain bleach), no intention of reading anything by Breen -- do any of the other names mentioned (Clarke, etc) have any redeeming qualities? Are there books/short story collections that made worthy contributions to SFF?

I'd certainly like to see a follow up (appendix) to SSRR that answers questions like these so new or uninformed readers can avoid the questionable works.

Thanks for casting a light on these dark corners.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 28, 2015 5:44 PM  

@48 Malwyn's apprentice

Honestly, I think Dhalgren is one of those "important" books that people pretend that they read in college. When really they just read the first and last chapter and then thumbed through the Cliff's Notes.

It's the only one they ever talk about. Despite the fact that Babel-17 and Einstein Intersection were arguably much better.

Blogger SirHamster December 28, 2015 5:57 PM  

(haven't decided on whether to shred, recycle, or donate)

Consider purifying fire. (then compost)

Blogger Adam Meek December 28, 2015 6:10 PM  

@48 Clarke and Asimov were legitimate SF greats, with a whole raft of contributions to the field.

I heartily enjoy rereading my Asimov and Clarke short story collections, they do endorse world government atheist socialism, but it's nothing like Delaney.

I dunno why Sturgeon was even mentioned in this thread, never heard any accusations.

Anonymous Bz December 28, 2015 7:33 PM  

My guess would be that Sir Arthur-to-be bought off his accusers in the same vein as Michael Jackson, and probably put them on the bus to somewhere for good measure. Just go away for a year or two with a wad of cash. Net result: Daily Mirror now has no case.

Blogger maniacprovost December 28, 2015 8:00 PM  

A US court of law would have to presume innocence. Individuals making day to day decisions don't have that requirement.

That's why I threw in the "He's dead" part. There are no decisions to make. Are you going to keep your children away from his grave? Dig him up and feed him into a woodchipper?

Blogger SirHamster December 28, 2015 9:08 PM  

That's why I threw in the "He's dead" part. There are no decisions to make. Are you going to keep your children away from his grave? Dig him up and feed him into a woodchipper?

Wrong. It changes how we view his literature. These predators groom their victims. They use lies and falsehoods to lull potential protectors into complacency.

Are those to be found in his writing? The warning signs calls for the light of truth and vigilance, not apathy.

Also, this serves the convenient function of identifying who cares more about a dead man's reputation than in protecting the innocent.

Blogger MycroftJones December 29, 2015 3:09 AM  

I have a friend who testified to the truth of the allegations. He was physically in Sri Lanka with Arthur C Clarke for a length of time. He witnessed Arthur staring lustfully at little boys and ignoring women. He witnessed Sri Lankan adults running to "fetch" whichever boy had caught Sir Arthurs attention.

Blogger Stephen St. Onge December 31, 2015 5:41 PM  

@11

Many of the characters in More Than Human are juveniles for at least part of the book, but I don't recall any suggestion of sex with them. The novel is really worth reading.

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