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2001: A Space Odyssey It Has Been Over Thirty Years Since The Publication Of 2001 A Space Odyssey, The Science Fiction Classic That Changed The Way We Looked At The Stars And Ourselves From The Savannas Of Africa At The Dawn Of Mankind To The Rings Of Saturn As Man Ventures To The Outer Rim Of Our Solar System, Arthur C Clarke Takes Us On A Journey Unlike Any Other.This Allegory About Humanity S Exploration Of The Universe, And The Universe S Reaction To Humanity, Was The Basis For Stanley Kubrick S Immortal Film, And Lives On As A Hallmark Achievement In Storytelling.

  • Hardcover
  • 236 pages
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • English
  • 15 March 2018
  • 9780451198495

About the Author: Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur Charles Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956 He is best known for the novel and movie 2001 A Space Odyssey, which he co created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.Clarke was a graduate of King

10 thoughts on “2001: A Space Odyssey

  1. says:

    The book is always better than the film, but I d never read 2001 before What I didn t know, until reading the foreword, is that this novel was literally written in tandem with the film, with Clarke and Kubrick feeding each other ideas At some points, however, filming overtook writing, or vice versa, and the two stories, though similar, split along two different paths After reading the book, the film becomes little than a very well crafted container It s pretty and neat to look at it, but open it up, and it s empty There is none of Clarke s vision of how a being we d call God would communicate with us across unfathomable time spans, or teach us, or lead us into higher consciousness Stripped away by Kubrick is the sense that this being truly wants us to be in its image, and that the whole breadcrumb trail of monoliths was designed to do just that And completely erased is the notion that David Bowman, as Star Child, is now one with the Universe, in some Zen like way, and also much like something we d called a god.Don t get me wrong, 2001 is still one of my favorite films, but to get the full meaning and understand the full weight of why 2001 has been called the perfect science fiction story, you must read the book Clarke marries science, mysticism, theory, and fantasy in ways like ...

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    Classic I read 2001 A Space Odyssey when I was a teenager and knew it was a very influential work of fiction because of the film and all the attention it had received Still, though I found it very entertaining, I did not really get it Thirty years later, I have read it again, and though I may not completely get it the second time around, the mature reader can better grasp the vision and message of the genius author I e...

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    I remember watching 2001 A space Odyssey about seven years back and almost losing my mind during the overlong Stargate sequence and what followed after that acid trip The I might puke face Fast forward to 2017, one of my buddies called me up and said, Sreyas, 2001 Space Odyssey is a fricking classic You should read the book before watching the movie Fortunately, I had a copy of the novel with me and I jumped right in If he was indeed mad, his delusions were beautifully organized The story starts in a time before the dawn of human kind, when benevolent and rather mindless man apes were dying one after another due to overlong drought and natural predators In short, The tribal group was going down and they were facing Extinction with a big E.Enter our savior, the big black slab which manipulated with the minds of man apes and turned them into ambitious, innovative and uh violent hooligans But hey, they needed to be all this to survive such a primitive world The only problem was that the once benevolent man apes passed these newly found qualities like innovation, imagination and unfortunately, violence to future generations that followed them.That s a topic for another time Because right now, it s all about science and the mysterious black monolith which engineered the dawn of humankind We jump from prehistory to the year 2001...

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    An alien artifact teaches a man ape to use tools Heywood Floyd goes to the moon to investigate a mysterious situation Dave Bowman and his crewmates, most of them in cryogenic sleep, head toward Saturn.Let me get my two big gripes out of the way first 1 Arthur C Clarke s characters are cardboard cutouts and largely interchangeable with one another.2 Arthur C Clarke s prose doesn t bring all the boys to the yard.Now that I ve got that out of the way, I enjoyed this book very much Some of it is a little dated, not surprising since Clarke wrote it around the time some man ape discovered fire A lot of it is spot on, though, like Heywood Floyd s tablet by another name.The first two threads do a great job of setting up the third The man ape thread was the least exciting but nicely set the stage By the time Bowman s thread got going, the book was very hard to put down.Unlike a lot of sf classics, I enjoyed both the...

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    When I first read this book as a teenager I hated it, I thought it was so dry and impenetrable I loved the Kubrick movie for its weirdness though Clearly I was not one of the brighter kids of my generation Having said that while I like it very much on this reread I can see why I could not appreciate it in my teens Clarke s scientific expositions can be very detailed but I would not call them dry now because I find them quite fascinating The fact that when you are on the moon Earth is the moon, the details about the composition of Saturn s ring and the description of Jupiter and its moons are clearly explained, interesting and gulp educational They really facilitate visualization of these planets.What I particularly love about Clarke s writing now that I did not appreciate in my foolish teens is the wonderful minutiae of his descriptions of various aspects of the space faring life For example the practical design of the toilet on a spaceship for zero gravity conditions a badly design toilet would mean getting shit all o...

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    He now perceived that there were ways than one behind the back of space As a longtime admirer of Stanley Kubrick s dazzling film, I was than a little hesitant about picking up this book, apprehensive that it might not be able to live up to my perhaps overly demanding expectations And it did take me a good 50 pages or so before I really began to connect with Clarke s writing After that initial rough patch, however, I became increasingly immersed in this absorbing story, eventually entirely unwilling to part with it Thankfully, the oft accurate clich that the book is better than the movie proved true I m very pleased I gave this a try All of the fascinating themes you doubtless remember from the movie can be found here too evolution, technology, exploration and discovery, the nature of intelligence, the effects of isolation, and, perhaps the most poignant of these, mankind s primal, relentless hunger to understand why But what I wasn t expecting to encounter, and what made this such an incredibly memorable novel, was the boundless sense of reverence and awe with which it was infused Clarke masterfully depicted the vast grandeur of space, in part by subtly yet persistently underscoring how very small and alone David was, and he did so in such...

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    389 2001 A Space Odyssey, Arthur C Clarke2001 A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C Clarke It was developed concurrently with Stanley Kubrick s film version and published after the release of the film Clarke and Kubrick worked on the book together, but eventually only Clarke ended up as the official author The story is based in part on various short stories by Clarke, including The Sentinel written ...

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    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait In The Sentinel by Arthur C Clarke The time was fast approaching when Earth, like all mothers, must say farewell to her children In 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke Open the pod bay doors, HAL In the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke, Stanley KubrickAs a 15 year old I was about to start watching a Saturday matinee film it may have been Thunderbird when a future presentation advert came on It looked like a fantastic space adventure so a week later I went to see it I was amazed incredible looking spaceships computers which weren t just rows of flashing lights shots which looked like they could have been taken on the moon and a fantastic space station I just couldn t work out how they d made it in the same way I couldn t work out the ending nor could many others as I recall because there was a collective Ay when Bowman turned into the Starchild I saw it again about 2 years later after I d read the book with a slight air of smugness knowing that I probably had an edge on many others It s a g...

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    Dave Bowman Hello, HAL Do you read me, HAL HAL Affirmative, Dave I read you Dave Bowman Open the pod bay doors, HAL HAL I m sorry, Dave I m afraid I can t do that Dave Bowman What s the problem HAL I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do Dave Bowman What are you talking about, HAL HAL This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it Dave Bowman I don t know what you re talking about, HAL HAL I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I m afraid that s something I cannot allow to happen Dave Bowma...

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    Wow This is really something Forget what you think you know if you ve seen the film.This is surely a landmark piece of Science Fiction Although Clarke divulges a lot detail here than Kubrick incorporated into his film, the mystic aspect of space is still present I also enjoyed learning about the monoliths and their true nature and or purpose.For some reason I thought the opening sequence the Dawn of Man would be boring It wasn t In fact, despite being much comprehensive than the bit showed in the film, I found it extremely lyrical and poignant This, I suppose, is true of the whole novel The grand finale was everything I d hoped for and it does clear the water a bit, although there are some things that remain tantalizingly open for interpretation There are a number of parallels here, but I don t want to go into too much detail.A fun activity is comparing Clarke s predictions with the current state of technology OK, so he had the dat...

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