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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I should, however, add how much more I liked the ending of the book to that of the movie.
A Space Odyssey is the novel that Arthur C. Clarke wrote so that Stanley Kubrick could develop it into the now-famous movie.
The confrontation with the monoliths defined humanity's boundaries as well as its will to reach further.
The story take a long time to build and then ends without meaning. Maybe I need to re read it to understand the point, but that will have to wait a long time.Published 9 days ago by Jason Hardee
The book had a good plot and storyline. But the ending was a terrible ending. The most stupid ending to a book I've ever read.Published 16 days ago by Zach Newman
An expansion of The Sentinal, at the short story that became 2001. There are some differences as to plot but the essentials of the movie's structure are all here. Read morePublished 18 days ago by D. Steiner
seen and love the movie - you'll like this book even more. Arthur C Clarke has great pacing, just enough details but doesn't bog you down with them which keeps the pace moving... Read morePublished 19 days ago by earlybronco
I read this after watching the movie and glad I did. The book made things so much clearer and was much more enjoyable. Fans of science fiction should not miss itPublished 29 days ago by Kevin Eaton
It seems last few chapters are nothing but an attempt to fill pages. It is a good book but towards the end it is just dragged without proper explanationsPublished 1 month ago by Ankur Raj