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2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

2001: A Space Odyssey (original 1968; edition 2000)

by Arthur C. Clarke

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Title:2001: A Space Odyssey
Authors:Arthur C. Clarke
Info:Roc (2000), Edition: Ex-Library, Mass Market Paperback, 296 pages
Collections:2012, Your library

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2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (1968)

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I watched the movie when it came out in 1968 and finally got the book read. Not sure why it took me so long, it is not a long book. I found Hal and space travel really scary. This book was written in conjunction with Stanley Kubrick and the film was released before the book. When this movie and book were first released man had not yet walked on the moon. This book covers from early man-ape to the evolution of man to star child. It is a book about technology, artificial intelligence, aliens, and space travel. The book actually is quite detailed about the space travel. I found the book slow to get into. For me it was hard to engage until Hal becomes malevolent and has to be taken out. That is quite a tension filled section. I also found the last sections of the book to be like the first part. I just wasn't all that engaged. The movie was quite awesome, ahead of its time and received awards for visual affects. Arthur C. Clarke born in 1917 was a British science fiction author. 2001 is made up of some short stories he had written. The book and movie were worked on in tandem. The editor's of 1001 state that while the details of the passage of time made the author's projected futuristic developments not age well, Clarke is known and respected for the many fictional predictions that have become fact. Rating 3.75 ( )
1 vote Kristelh | May 8, 2017 |
Evolutionistic thought disguised, more like thongwearing, as a scifi novel. Superintelligence messes with our ancestors and starts them on the path of development. Leave a calling card on the moon, which directs us to Saturn. The man chosen to go ends up becoming a Star Child, and returning to earth. We'll see how the rest of the novels carry this out. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I....I'm not sure what I just read. But I liked it.

I think I need some time to let this just...sink in a little bit. ( )
  hylandk | Nov 2, 2016 |
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The movie is a cinematic masterpiece. (hard to believe it was made in 1968) I liked that many of the devices used in the novel and movie are now a reality or soon will be. Superbly written by one of the masters of science fiction. ( )
  Cal_Clapp | Sep 5, 2016 |

My "Let's redo all the big sci-fi classics" odyssey continues, appropriately, with an odyssey.

"No trilogy should have more than four volumes" (Clarke is a man after Douglas Adams heart :)

There's a huge ambiguity of course, with the beginning of this. The gift of the monolith, is it the evolutionary kick or simply engaging the capacity for violence? That violence drives human progress is still as true today as it was for the man-apes. War and violence. Medicine, technology, transport, communication, the space race. This very internet we're using today. Behind nearly everything, there's this human upon human rage that we just can't seem to get rid of. This is a lot clearer in the book than in the movie, where it's only hinted at.

Ditto the similarity between Moon Watcher, the man ape, who when he realises he has power has no idea what to do with it, but is sure he'll think of something, and the Star Child, formerly Dave Bowman, who thinks... well word for word the same thing, 3 million years later. We are but children in the universe, burning ourselves on matches.

Unlike the movie (written concurrently, but with some plot differences) the pacing is not glacial, it rips along fairly quickly, so this is a short and easy read. But then, I like my sci-fi on the harder side, so I really enjoy the little digressions into centrifugal force, mass vs weight vs inertia, and how long you can live in a vacuum before your internal liquids boil (surprisingly long).

As with all the classics, ymmv.

As to this particular audiobook: The foreword is read by the author, which is delightful. When it went into the actual book, with Dick Hill's rather melodical reading style actually jarred quite a bit. By the time we reached the moon base and he was doing accents, I was about ready to give up. Somehow, somewhere around the time HAL started to lose his mind, it all came together for me, and I ended up staying up another 2 hours just to finish it off. And he does a spot on imitation of Douglas Rain as HAL 9000 (I actually went and checked they didn't use the HAL dialog samples from the movie, but I don't think they did.)

Daisy, Daisy... ( )
  krazykiwi | Aug 22, 2016 |
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The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended. Here on the Equator, in the continent which would one day be known as Africa, the battle for existence had reached a new climax of ferocity, and the victor was not yet in sight.
Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. (Foreword)
"I'm not going to do that, Dave."
Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.
Now they were lords of the galaxy, and beyond the reach of time. They could rove at will among the stars, and sink like a subtle mist through the very interstices of space. But despite their godlike powers, they had not wholly forgotten their origin, in a worm slime of a vanished sea.
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When an enigmatic monolith is found buried on the moon, scientists are amazed to discover that it's at least 3 million years old. Even more amazing, after it's unearthed the artifact releases a powerful signal aimed at Saturn. What sort of alarm has been triggered? To find out, a manned spacecraft, the Discovery, is sent to investigate. Its crew is highly trained--the best--and they are assisted by a self-aware computer, the ultra-capable HAL 9000. But HAL's programming has been patterned after the human mind a little too well. He is capable of guilt, neurosis, even murder, and he controls every single one of Discovery's components. The crew must overthrow this digital psychotic if they hope to make their rendezvous with the entities that are responsible not just for the monolith, but maybe even for human civilization.

Clarke wrote this novel while Stanley Kubrick created the film, the two collaborating on both projects. The novel is much more detailed and intimate, and definitely easier to comprehend. Even though history has disproved its "predictions," it's still loaded with exciting and awe-inspiring science fiction. --Brooks Peck

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A special new Introduction by the author highlights this reissue of a classic science fiction novel that changed the way people looked at the stars--and themselves. 2001: A Space Odyssey is the classic science fiction novel that changed the way we looked at the stars and ourselves. 2001: A Space Odyssey inspired what is perhaps the greatest science fiction film ever made--brilliantly imagined by the late Stanley Kubrick ... 2001 is finally here.… (more)

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