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2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
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Jun 17, 2011

it was amazing
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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 Bowman: Where the hell'd you get that idea, HAL?
HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock.
HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave, you're going to find that rather difficult.
Dave Bowman: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore. Open the doors.
HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye
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Pablo a review of the book based on a text from the movie that does not even appear in the book? Well, that is cheap

Bukk It seems you have confused Stanley Kubrick's movie with Arthur C. Clarke's novel. It further appears you have not read the book. Do you know what you're doing here?

message 3: by Jim (last edited Dec 10, 2013 04:50PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jim Bukk, Pablo,

Don't be too doctrinaire - there was a lot of Kubrick in the novel.

Kelli has nicely recounted the lead-up to the emotional peak of the film. Kubrick was brilliant to gin up sympathy for a (presumably) emotionless, albeit sentient, machine.

dave one of my favourite parts from one of my favourite books, thanks :)

Jack Gattanella There IS a back-and-forth between Bowman and HAL, but it is different than the one you wrote out - Kubrick took the same sort of driving antagonist-conflict, but made different things that happen between the characters to get to the certain point. In a way the book has HAL being even MORE Passive-Aggressive than in the film, if that's possible.

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