The classic science fiction novel that captures and expands on the vision of Stanley Kubrick’s immortal film—and changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves.
From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man ventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.
This allegory about humanity’s exploration of the universe—and the universe’s reaction to humanity—is a hallmark achievement in storytelling that follows the crew of the spacecraft Discovery as they embark on a mission to Saturn. Their vessel is controlled by HAL 9000, an artificially intelligent supercomputer capable of the highest level of cognitive functioning that rivals—and perhaps threatens—the human mind.
Grappling with space exploration, the perils of technology, and the limits of human power, 2001: A Space Odyssey continues to be an enduring classic of cinematic scope.
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One of the all time greats
Easily one of the foundational tales in my life. I read this as a child and have read it several times since. My interpretation of events has changed as I grew older and I am able to enjoy the book and movie independently. HAL and Dave are amazing characters who’s conflict is founded in misunderstanding and misaligned goals. The lessons this story shares are deeper and broader than the short length would ever seem possible.
But believe we must.
A Science Fiction Masterpiece
This book is based on Clarke's screenplay for Kubrick's excellent film. Much from the movie is explained here, but not so much that the wonder and mystery of the unknown is lost. A perfect balancing act by the author.