After reading the book, the film becomes little more than a very well crafted container: It's pretty and neat to look at it, bu...more
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 disc...more
I try not to compare books and movies. In this case they complement each other. I believe both are needed. I last saw the movie in high school and look forward to re-watching it, because:
The book makes sense...mos...more
Written in 1968, A. Clarke writes with a knowleageable confidence about a future world of space travel that has only just dawned on him in the light of the first moon landings; he does so as skillfully and imaginatively as Orwell did when writing 1984.
Clarke succeeds in capturing the magnificence of our solar system which he makes accessible to any reader,...more
2001: A Space Odyssey
Roc, Mass Market Paperback, 2000.
12mo. xx, 297 pp. To Stanley - In Memoriam [v-vi] and Foreword to the Millennial Edition [vii-xviii] by Arthur C. Clarke, 1999. Original Foreword, 1969 [xix-xx].
First published in 1969.
To Stanley - In Memoriam
Foreword to the Millennial Edition
Part One: Primeval Night
Chapter 1: The Road to Extinction
Chapter 2: The New Rock
Chapter 3: Academy
Chapter 4: The Leopard
Chapter 5: Encounter in the Dawn
Chapter 6: Ascent o...more
in ninth grade, i read it in it's entirety and enjoyed it so much that i read it under the big lab tables in physical science instead of paying attention to my misogynistic science teacher, "coach rutledge". ugh. coaches should not be allowed to teach science. i learned more from arthur c clarke under the table.
a beautiful book of remarkably poetic nature for it's...more
And of course he is quite...more
The very conception of such a brilliant idea to equate our progress or evolution as pre-ordained as an experiment by super intelligent aliens, itself has both my arms up in praise for this genius. (I guess this very idea was actually extrapolated to make plots for movies like Prometheus- by Ridley Scott)
I always tried to watch Stanle...more
What makes a book memorable? In my opinion, it is the book ability to change your perspective on a matter, and the book, 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, does just that. This classic sci-fi novel brings engrossing themes to the table including human evolution, the dangers of technology, and the magnitude of the universe. As the reader progresses through the three very different, but equally compelling, stories in the book, he or she will be continually amazed...more
For a novel written in the 1960s aimed at predicting the technology of a decade ago and marrying it with a fantastical, dream-like narrative, it's pretty accurate.
Clarke even predicts the iPad - I mean, he come so close, even calling it a Newspad! The video-phone reconnaissance was pretty spot on too! HAL, the intelligent computer for the Discovery that takes on human-lik...more
Clarke's attention to detail is also fas...more
Arthur C. Clarke
The precursor to the classic science-fiction movie, this book was exceptionally interesting, bringing to mind our own ignorance of the planet we call home and the possible existence of extraterrestrials. Arthur C. Clarke clearly put thought into this story of a scientific expedition in 2001 to explain the origins of the strange monolith TMA-1.
The story begins with the story of the Man-Apes, the emotionally and intellectually ignorant relatives of the modern hu...more
La genesi di questo romanzo è un po’ anomala. In realtà, l’idea di base per il film di Kubrik nasce da un racconto di Clarke, “La sentinella”, nel quale gli uomini scoprono una piramide di cristallo sulla Luna, che emette un segnale verso lo spazio una volta infrantane la barriera prot...more
The story is written in three parts, the beginning of man, the current time, and then a time out of time.
This is a great story on it's own but taken with the movie I think it serves as a wonderful companion. I am not here to rate the Movie but it is by far one of the most scientifically accurate Scifi movies an...more
-He loves the idea of first contact with aliens to the point of sickness.
-He thinks that humans (who matter) are essentially rational technocrats, making their behavior both boring and puppet-like.
-The only female characters in this book were ape-men [sic] and two stewardesses.
-There were several pretty problematic passages, like the following:
"Yet already...the warmth and frequency of the conversations with their girls on Earth had begun to diminish...more
Clarke is the exact oppo...more
Anyway, this book was okay. I was scratching my head at points - the ending almost made me bang my head against the wall in frustration - but I sort of... kind of... get it. Maybe?
Well, what I liked about this book was that it didn't go out of its way to lecture me. It didn't scream that...more
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Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this Universe there shines a star.
But every one of those stars is a sun, often far more brilliant and glorious than the small, nearby star we call the Sun. And many--perhaps most--of those alien suns have planets circling them. So almost certainly there is enough land in the sky to give every member of the human species, back to the first ape-man, his own private, world-sized heaven--or hell.
How many of those potential heavens and hells are now inhabited, and by what manner of creatures, we have no way of guessing; the very nearest is a million times farther away than Mars or Venus, those still remote goals of the next generation. But the barriers of distance are crumbling; one day we shall meet our equals, or our masters, among the stars.
Men have been slow to face this prospect; some still hope that it may never become reality. Increasing numbers, however are asking; 'Why have such meetings not occurred already, since we ourselves are about to venture into space?'
Why not, indeed? Here is one possible answer to that very reasonable question. But please remember: this is only a work of fiction.
The truth, as always, will be far stranger.”