15The Protagonist Is Named After Two Prolific Sci-Fi Writers
Isaac Clarke has become one of the most prolific names in horror gaming ever since the success of the original Dead Space. The cramped halls of the USG Ishimura and the necromorph horrors that chased our beloved engineer through its poorly lit corridors have made his name a staple when
discussing the horror genre in video games. However, his name is not his own.
Isaac Clarke is an allusion to two prolific science fiction authors: Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Asimov is credited with writing over 500 books, in addition to an ungodly amount of written work in other formats. Arthur C. Clarke is probably most well known for the 2001: A Space Odyssey series of books, as well as co-writing the screenplay for the Stanley Kubrick flick of the same name. The Dead Space universe is full of nods to sci-fi, but making the protagonist’s name homage to two of the best sci-fi writers to ever live in pretty awesome.