2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
A Space Odyssey

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The year is 2001, and cosmonauts uncover a mysterious monolith that has been buried on the Moon for at least three million years. To their astonishment, the monolith releases an equally mysterious pulse-a kind of signal-in the direction of Saturn after it is unearthed. Whether alarm or communication, the human race must know what the signal is-and who it was intended for.

The Discovery and its crew, assisted by the highly advanced HAL 9000 computer system, sets out to investigate. But as the crew draws closer to their rendezvous with a mysterious and ancient alien civilization, they realize that the greatest dangers they face come from within the spacecraft itself. HAL proves a dangerous traveling companion, and the crew must outwit him to survive.

This novel version of the famous Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey was written by Clarke in conjunction with the movie's production. It is meant to stand as a companion piece, and it offers a complementary narrative that's loaded with compelling science fiction ideas.

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A writer of science fiction, Arthur Charles Clarke was born in Minehead, Somerset, England, in 1917. Clarke studied at King's College in London, and worked in scientific research before turning his attention to writing fiction. Clarke's first book was Prelude to Space in 1951, but he is best known for his book 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was later turned into a highly successful and controversial film under the direction of Stanley Kubrick. Some of Clarke's later works include the sequels to 2001, 2010: A Space Odyssey II, 2062: Odyssey III, and 3001: The Final Odyssey, and the novels The Garden of Rama and The Snows of Olympus. Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka in the 1950s. He died on March 19, 2008 at the age of 90.
Published December 10, 2012 by RosettaBooks. 324 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Fiction

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Eighteen months later, aboard the spaceship Discovery, two crewmen, David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood), three cryogenically frozen scientists, and the brain and central nervous system of the ship, the HAL 9000 computer (the voice of Douglas Rain) venture towards Jupiter to...

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Jan 04 2001 | Read Full Review of 2001: A Space Odyssey


The best thing to do is probably watch the film, read the book and then watch the film again.

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Open Salon

We have to assume, until we have reason to think otherwise, that complex life must grow and evolve to intelligence on planets orbiting stable stars.

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Slant Magazine

Ironically, it is HAL's disembodied voice that provides the film with its most immediately human element, his tragically flawed personality (essentially manifest of a critical programming error) providing an emotionally vulnerable counterpoint to the film's otherwise perfectionist, externalized p...

Nov 20 2007 | Read Full Review of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Horror News Net

Mr. Kubrick told me, “I felt it was necessary to make this film in such a way that every special effects shot in it would be completely convincing, something that had never before been accomplished in a motion picture.” The model work and associated effects in, for example, the Star Wars films we...

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The Zone

Clarke tZ 2001: A Space Odyssey - unofficial magazine about the classic movie tZ Millennium Blues: beyond 2000 - essay by Peter Schilling tZ Big Planet: the worlds of Jupiter in SF - by Steven Hampton

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An Indian satellite orbits Mars, while I’m in my home study poring over pages from the Arthur Clarke personal papers, sent to me in a form Clarke would have appreciated: as electronic files.

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