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Classic I read 2001 A Space Odyssey when I was a teenager and knew it was a very influential work of fiction because of the film and all the attention it had received Still, though I found it very entertaining, I did not really get it Thirty years later, I have read it again, and though I may not completely get it the second time around, themature reader can better grasp the vision and message of the genius author I especially enjoyed the many allusions to other works and found the reference to Melville s Ahab particularly engrossing Clarke s prose is clear and descriptive and his story line linear and thought provoking Not just an excellent science fiction novel, this is a work of literature, brilliant. On The Moon, An Enigma Is UncoveredSo Great Are The Implications Of This Discovery That For The First Time Men Are Sent Out Deep Into Our Solar SystemBut Long Before Their Destination Is Reached, Things Begin To Go Horribly, Inexplicably WrongOne Of The Greatest Selling Science Fiction Novels Of Our Time, This Classic Book Will Grip You To The Very End I remember watching 2001 A space Odyssey about seven years back and almost losing my mind during the overlong Stargate sequence and what followed after that acid trip The I might puke face Fast forward to 2017, one of my buddies called me up and said,Sreyas, 2001 Space Odyssey is a fricking classic You should read the book before watching the movie Fortunately, I had a copy of the novel with me and I jumped right inIf he was indeed mad, his delusions were beautifully organizedThe story starts in a time before the dawn of human kind, when benevolent and rather mindless man apes were dying one after another due to overlong drought and natural predators In short, The tribal group was going down and they were facing Extinction with a big E.Enter our savior, the big black slab which manipulated with the minds of man apes and turned them into ambitious, innovative and uh violent hooligansBut hey, they needed to be all this to survive such a primitive world The only problem was that the once benevolent man apes passed these newly found qualities like innovation, imagination and unfortunately, violence to future generations that followed them.That s a topic for another time Because right now, it s all about science and the mysterious black monolith which engineered the dawn of humankind We jump from prehistory to the year 2001 in a blink of an eye, and the true odyssey begins One of the best things about the story for me was the unceasing excitement the tale inspires, in spite of being rather slow at times The story focuses on the ideas and the science rather than its characters, creating a story propelled solely by the sheer power of the journey to find answers Another exciting aspect of the story was how easy it is to associate the elements of the novel with our own technological advancement Even though we haven t achieved the level of sophisticated advancement in terms of space travel as mentioned in the novel, we have come a long way I couldn t help but notice a scene where one of the characters lands an instumentless probe on an asteroid, and Ta da, we have done better with Rosetta probeYou go, RosettaWithout question, the best part about the book was HAL 9000 view spoiler and the horrors Seriously, who needs aliens to scare the shit out of you when you have HAL 9000 Oddly enough, I kind of felt sad when HAL signed off hide spoiler An alien artifact teaches a man ape to use tools Heywood Floyd goes to the moon to investigate a mysterious situation Dave Bowman and his crewmates, most of them in cryogenic sleep, head toward Saturn.Let me get my two big gripes out of the way first 1 Arthur C Clarke s characters are cardboard cutouts and largely interchangeable with one another.2 Arthur C Clarke s prose doesn t bring all the boys to the yard.Now that I ve got that out of the way, I enjoyed this book very much Some of it is a little dated, not surprising since Clarke wrote it around the time some man ape discovered fire A lot of it is spot on, though, like Heywood Floyd s tablet by another name.The first two threads do a great job of setting up the third The man ape thread was the least exciting but nicely set the stage By the time Bowman s thread got going, the book was very hard to put down.Unlike a lot of sf classics, I enjoyed both the story AND the concepts Because of the enjoyment factor and because it s a classic of the genre, I bumped it from my original 3.5 to a full 4 out of 5. When I first read this book as a teenager I hated it, I thought it was so dry and impenetrable I loved the Kubrick movie for its weirdness though Clearly I was not one of the brighter kids of my generation Having said that while I like it very much on this reread I can see why I could not appreciate it in my teens Clarke s scientific expositions can be very detailed but I would not call them dry now because I find them quite fascinating The fact that when you are on the moon Earth is the moon, the details about the composition of Saturn s ring and the description of Jupiter and its moons are clearly explained, interesting and gulp educational They really facilitate visualization of these planets.What I particularly love about Clarke s writing now that I did not appreciate in my foolish teens is the wonderful minutiae of his descriptions of various aspects of the space faring life For example the practical design of the toilet on a spaceship for zero gravity conditions a badly design toilet would mean getting shit all over you Also things like the thick sticky sauce on pork chops and salad with adhesive dressing to keep food from floating off the plate during dinner After dinner the velcro slippers are great for walking around the ship without levitating Spacecraft DiscoveryI have only mentioned the minor details so far, the main plot is of course absolutely epic though it is so well known it is hardly worth describing2001 A Space Odyssey gets off to a rollicking start during 3 million years B.C The first five chapters basically tells the story of how ape men were uplifted to use David Brin s term by dogooding aliens from silly primates to sentient people Then the story jumps forward to the cough future of 2001 AD where a mysterious monolith is discovered on the moon This main section of the book is entirely set in space so we don t know if Clarke would have predicted iPads and Tumblr Monolith on the moon The middle section of the book where astronaut David Bowman is battling crazed and homicidal AI HAL 9000 of Daisy Daisy fame is my favorite The short section of the narrative told from HAL s point of view is particularly wondrous After dealing with HAL with extreme prejudice Dave has a lonely and depressing Major Tom period marooned in space Fortunately he soon embarks on his famous trippy trip through a stargate If you are puzzled by the Kubrick movie this book may help to clarify almost everything for you, except that according to Clarke Kubrick and himself had different idea of the story they wanted to tell and Clarke s answers are not necessarily the correct one I have no idea how much input Kubrick had on the novel, only that he helped to develop it The book is however entirely written by Clarke The last couple of chapters are less surreal and psychedelic than the film but relatively understandable yet quite mind blowing for all that.While he is a sci fi legend to this day Clarke is often derided along with Asimov for his journeyman prose but I am always quite happy to defend Clarke s style of writing He used the right tools for the right job and his science expositions are accessible and a pleasure to read He is also quite capable of some dry wit Characterization is not Clarke s forte, he preferred to concentrate on the epic plot development instead, which is fine for me as he succeeded in his storytelling aim Having said that both Dave Bowman and HAL 9000 are two of sci fi s most memorable and enduring characters If you like the film adaptation of2001 A Space Odyssey but have not read this book you should Ditto if you have not seen the film It is deservedly a classic.Star rating Oh my God it s full of stars Note My review of 2010 Odyssey Two 389 2001 A Space Odyssey, Arthur C Clarke2001 A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C Clarke It was developed concurrently with Stanley Kubrick s film version and published after the release of the film Clarke and Kubrick worked on the book together, but eventually only Clarke ended up as the official author The story is based in part on various short stories by Clarke, including The Sentinel written in 1948 for a BBC competition, but first published in 1951 under the title Sentinel of Eternity By 1992, the novel had sold three million copies worldwide An elaboration of Clarke and Kubrick s collaborative work on this project was made in The Lost Worlds of 2001 200120081348 288 1354 201374 1968 2010 2061 3001 He now perceived that there wereways than one behind the back of space As a longtime admirer of Stanley Kubrick s dazzling film, I wasthan a little hesitant about picking up this book, apprehensive that it might not be able to live up to my perhaps overly demanding expectations And it did take me a good 50 pages or so before I really began to connect with Clarke s writing After that initial rough patch, however, I became increasingly immersed in this absorbing story, eventually entirely unwilling to part with it Thankfully, the oft accurate clich that the book is better than the movie proved true I m very pleased I gave this a try All of the fascinating themes you doubtless remember from the movie can be found here too evolution, technology, exploration and discovery, the nature of intelligence, the effects of isolation, and, perhaps the most poignant of these, mankind s primal, relentless hunger to understand why But what I wasn t expecting to encounter, and what made this such an incredibly memorable novel, was the boundless sense of reverence and awe with which it was infused Clarke masterfully depicted the vast grandeur of space, in part by subtly yet persistently underscoring how very small and alone David was, and he did so in such a way that I ended up feeling something I ve not experienced in quite some time pure childlike wonder at the unfathomable, incomprehensible beauty and magnitude of our universe A genuinely riveting quest for discovery, 2001 is science fiction with both a heart and a mind AND view spoiler a gloriously wiggy A.I Seriously, how adorable is HAL hide spoiler If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait In The Sentinel by Arthur C Clarke The time was fast approaching when Earth, like all mothers, must say farewell to her children In 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke Open the pod bay doors, HAL In the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke, Stanley KubrickAs a 15 year old I was about to start watching a Saturday matinee film it may have been Thunderbird when a future presentation advert came on It looked like a fantastic space adventure so a week later I went to see it I was amazed incredible looking spaceships computers which weren t just rows of flashing lights shots which looked like they could have been taken on the moon and a fantastic space station I just couldn t work out how they d made it in the same way I couldn t work out the ending nor could many others as I recall because there was a collective Ay when Bowman turned into the Starchild I saw it again about 2 years later after I d read the book with a slight air of smugness knowing that I probably had an edge on many others It s a great film that raised so many bars but of course at the time I was far too young to be able to trip out on it unless you include sherbet dabs. 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 any Open the doors HAL Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose any Goodbye 4.5 Stars The books of Arthur C Clarke at least the ten or so that I have read have been consistently good and of very high quality When I pick up one of his books, I can be confident that I won t be disappointed This book is terrific and don t think that if you have seen the movie you know what is going to happen.

About the Author: Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur Charles Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956 He is best known for the novel and movie 2001 A Space Odyssey, which he co created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.Clarke was a graduate of