Arthur C. Clarke has been the presiding genius of science fiction for almost fifty years.
His works include the ground-breaking and profound CHILDHOOD'S END, RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA and EXPEDITION TO EARTH.
Written when landing on the moon was still a dream, made into one of the most influential films of our century, brilliant, compulsive, prophetic, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY tackles the enduring theme of man's place in the universe. On the moon an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications that, for the first time, men are sent out deep into the solar system.
But, before they can reach their destination, things begin to go wrong, horribly wrong...Look out for more information on this book and others on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 19/07/1990
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781857236644
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Review by soylentgreen23
Another of the books I read after the movie, Clarke's work is doomed to come away second-best. I believe this was written during production of the film - the original inspiration being Clarke's short story "The Sentinel."I think the choice of Saturn is a curious one - Jupiter is a more obvious failed star - and the dislocation this choice brings when taken with the film is immense.The highlight of the book is the treatment given to that part of the film left out - the period when Bowman is alone on the ship, coasting through space without HAL. When Clarke broke away from Kubrick in this manner, his skill as a narrator suddenly returns to prominence.
Review by rthomas_8192
One of my all time favorite books.
Review by rufty
You know I never liked the film much - never did anything for me. I hated the mysterious seemingly drug induced ending that pointlessly baffled the viewer.That I can now put down to a limitation in the medium of film; the book is able to tell the story of what was happening there so much better. In fact it shows how much better this story is told in book form.I much preferred this to the film, so taking it as a standalone entity:A good bit of hard sci-fi; an intersting concept well executed - if he could just have left out the pseudo religious stuff at the end and left it as a good bit of science fiction then it would be much better for it. Not that I really have a problem with what he wrote there really, just that it was totally out of character with the rest of the book.
Review by RoboSchro
"Now I'm right above it, hovering five hundred feet up. I don't want to waste any time, since Discovery will soon be out of range. I'm going to land. It's certainly solid enough -- and if it isn't I'll blast off at once."Just a minute -- that's odd..."This classic meditation on human evolution was written alongside the production of the Stanley Kubrick film, and first published in 1968. At times it seems to suffer in comparison to the iconic film; at other times it clearly surpasses it.As with most Clarke books, the story is surrounded and supported by a big theme -- in this case, it's human evolution, and (towards the end) our place in the universe. The science is also fairly detailed and realistic -- much of the length of the book is taken up by the long, slow journey of the Discovery from Earth to Saturn. This serves to build up the suspense rather well, and makes the mission's problems, when they come, all the more sinister.This has aged well, and is fully deserving of its classic status.
Review by JechtShot
Approximately three million years ago, primitive man came into contact with an alien form of technology dubbed "the monolith". This structure was sent to Earth to search for intelligent life and to determine if any species had the capacity to evolve to higher beings. Man passed the early tests and Clarke rockets us into the future where another monolith has been found buried on the moon. This book expertly captures the magnitude of space, the evolution of artificial intelligence, and paints a picture of credibility regarding the potential for the existence of extraterrestrials. A must read for science fiction fans.
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