2001, A Space Odyssey

2001, A Space Odyssey

Book - 1993
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The spacecraft Discovery is on a voyage to the outer edge of the solar system. Within the craft are two increasingly frightened navigators, three frozen hibernauts, and a computer named Hal.
Publisher: New York : ROC, [1993], c1991
ISBN: 9780451457998
Call Number: SF CLARKE A
Characteristics: 236 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Kubrick, Stanley


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A strange monument on the moon sparks a mission to the moons of Jupiter, and the unknown waiting there.

First of 5 in the Space Odyssey series. Astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission when their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior - leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.

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Jul 19, 2020

Great book to start the plunge into Science Fiction

Jun 21, 2019

A classic novel that sets the bar for all other sci-fi novels. It is funny to think how much of the ideas and concepts of this book have been repeated so many times over. Overall, this book deserves a 9.5/10 and a "Would Very Strongly Recommend Reading" review.

An oldie and still a goodie. The classic is still a classic. One of Clarke's finest novels. Read it. Also recommended: Childhood's End.

Apr 24, 2018

Although I had first heard of it as a movie, I eventually decided to read the book. The ending of the book is a bit more different than the ending of the movie. It was pretty easy to read if at least twenty pages can be read per day as I took it upon myself to do. This source of literature is a must for those who are interested in science fiction.

Aug 22, 2017

Try to disassociate the imagery from the film. Allow your own imagination to interpret Clark's well-penned words. Reading initializes a higher cognition that is typically unavailable when your senses are processing the...perhaps at times overpowering WTF?-input from the film. The concepts that allude to the story's deeper context may then be more easily parsed. Aligning the clues and complexities at your own pace will certainly contribute towards a better understanding too.
Then, for the sake of seeing Kubrick's visual Opera with a new, informed and acute clarity,
by all means, strap in & really...do...the movie again~

Sep 21, 2016

This book/movie is not about space travel - it's all symbolic. It tells that we are programmed by Nature (Hal, the computer) to age and die off. In this story Man outsmarts this natural programming and becomes ageless, a God. The monolith, it symbolizes an entity, which is solid like a stone block, and it holds secrets. In the sequel of this movie, titled "2010 - The Year We Make Contact" it is said that those who try to go closer to the black monolith to peep into its secrets, are "barbecued." Clarke was a "Wizard" (he belonged to the monolith), and used symbolism to convey messages above the heads of the Muggle public, which thinks on the basic level only and takes everything literally. But the insiders understand the hidden meaning.

Jun 08, 2016

This author has always been way ahead of his time. He describes small things in detail that only now are beginning to develop and he gets it perfectly right. For example, there is a couple paragraphs in this book where he describes the iPad (tablet) and the method of consuming news articles on it. And the manner in which it is displayed and updated and transmitted. Read this book for any reason you want and enjoy a pre-personal computer era story that speaks like he is writing it today. Also read "Rendevous with Rama" and also "Songs of a Distant Earth". This man was special, in that he was a great thinker, but also a great writer. Rare.

Feb 23, 2016

An easy read, but has some great concepts. The mystery of the monoliths and even the two year trip to Saturn is engaging even when it is just the boring routine of space travel. That's a testament on how well written it is. Hal of course makes a great villain and you can see some of the differences from the movie, such as the ending being explained a little more.

Dec 06, 2013

Classic I know, but I never got around to reading the book. Excellent read, finished it in one sitting. Watched the movie years ago and was confused a bit by the ending. Novel does great job of explaining a lot. I wished the beginning had lasted longer with the "ape-men". Felt that was the most interesting part by far but the whole book was supremely excellent. I'm about to start reading "2010" once the library sends it over my way.

spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

A pretty good science fiction novel. I liked the beginning but it started to get boring towards the middle. The ending was great, it really makes you think about the future and the other things int he world.

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"Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living."

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Mar 29, 2012

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Scientist finds a mysterious object and a group of astronauts are sent to find out its origins. They travel on an advanced and intelligent machinery, but this soon leads to problems.


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