‘Space Odyssey’ author honored in 2001

Clarke beamed to the Playboy Mansion for gala

“Beam me up Scotty, indeed,” thus spoke Arthur C. Clarke from his home in Sri Lanka to emcee Patrick Stewart, via an impressively lifelike new three-dimensional hologram technology developed by Teleportec.

Clarke, his writings, and his sci-fi classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” were honored at a gala at the Playboy Mansion on Thursday night by the Space Frontier Foundation and Diamond Sky.

“It’s a unique story in that most of the science fiction we see in the movies is your standard cowboy, go-out-and-beat-the-aliens movies,” said guest speaker Morgan Freeman. “This is scientific exploration. They don’t go in with weapons, they just try to see what’s going on.”

Guests witnessed the “dawn of man” as they were bused into the mansion past a model of the famed monolith from the film, and were greeted (and sometimes frightened) by three guys in ape suits waving bones.

Others who rubbed elbows in the grotto included James Cameron with Suzy Amis, Oliver Stone, Bill Paxton, Clarke’s brother Fred, Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell and Dennis Tito. John David Cameron’s company Earthship will televise the gala at a later date to be determined.