2001, A Space Odyssey

2001, A Space Odyssey

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A deluxe hardcover edition of the wondrous space adventure that is the basis for Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-winning film--now celebrating its 50th anniversary

Part of Penguin Galaxy, a collectible series of six sci-fi/fantasy classics, featuring a series introduction by Neil Gaiman

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Written when landing on the moon was still a dream, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a science-fiction classic that has changed the way we look at the stars--and ourselves. On the moon, an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications that, for the first time, men are sent deep into our solar system. But before they can reach their destination, things begin to go very wrong. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn at the turn of the 21st century, Arthur C. Clarke takes us on a journey unlike any other. Brilliant, compulsive, and prophetic, and the basis for the immensely influential Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey tackles the enduring theme of man's--and technology's--place in the universe and lives on as a landmark achievement in storytelling.

Penguin Galaxy

Six of our greatest masterworks of science fiction and fantasy, in dazzling collector-worthy hardcover editions, and featuring a series introduction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, Penguin Galaxy represents a constellation of achievement in visionary fiction, lighting the way toward our knowledge of the universe, and of ourselves. From historical legends to mythic futures, monuments of world-building to mind-bending dystopias, these touchstones of human invention and storytelling ingenuity have transported millions of readers to distant realms, and will continue for generations to chart the frontiers of the imagination.

The Once and Future King by T. H. White
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Dune by Frank Herbert
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Neuromancer by William Gibson

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York : ROC, 1993, c1968.
ISBN: 9780143111573
0143111574
9780451452733
0451452739
Branch Call Number: SCI FI Clarke Arthur 1968
Characteristics: xviii, 236 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kubrick, Stanley

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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. A manned spacecraft is sent to investigate. Among the crew is a self-aware computer, the ultra-capable HAL 9000.

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.... ... Read More »

Written as the movie itself was in production. Usually, this is a bad idea. But Clarke co-wrote the screenplay with Stanley Kubrick; for the book version, he did explain more, but his prose is so good that he never sacrifices the sense of wonder.


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Weyes2Wonder
Aug 22, 2017

What I had planned on commenting...is already well articulated by other's contributions here.
So, I offer only this:
IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE MOVIE.......READ THIS BOOK!
Try to disassociate the imagery from the film. Allow your own imagination to revisualize Clark's words. He's pretty good at inspiring a healthy cognition to do so......profoundly.
Then, for the sake of seeing Kubrick's visual Opera with a new, acute clarity,
by all means, experience the movie again!

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donkeyhote
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.

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peawormsworth
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.

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FoltinSmyde
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.

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Gandalf_IRL
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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LazyNeko
Mar 29, 2012

The best parts of the book are when Dave struggles with HAL. Everything else, I found thematically too close to "Childhood's End" (which I just read) so it felt repetitive. The descriptions in the book are utterly overshadowed by the images of the Kubrick movie.

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

spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.

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LazyNeko
Mar 29, 2012

"I can tell from your voice harmonics, Dave, that you're badly upset. Why don't you take a stress pill and get some rest?"

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spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

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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