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2001: a Space Odyssey: 25th Anniversary Edition Paperback – August 1, 1993
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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. Even more amazing, after it's unearthed the artifact releases a powerful signal aimed at Saturn. What sort of alarm has been triggered? To find out, a manned spacecraft, the Discovery, is sent to investigate. Its crew is highly trained--the best--and they are assisted by a self-aware computer, the ultra-capable HAL 9000. But HAL's programming has been patterned after the human mind a little too well. He is capable of guilt, neurosis, even murder, and he controls every single one of Discovery's components. The crew must overthrow this digital psychotic if they hope to make their rendezvous with the entities that are responsible not just for the monolith, but maybe even for human civilization.
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
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The 1968 book and film that took more people tripping than LSD turns 25. This anniversary edition contains a new introduction by Clarke in which he reminisces about the story's origin. Note that an anniversary video/laserdisc also is being released.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The key issue in the book, a rogue ship computer offing the crewmembers in an attempt to carry out its mission, is only at the surface level. The underlying issue Clarke explores in this book is man's journey into the cosmos and brushing up against alien intelligence much more advanced than our own.
I will say, the end of this book is really where the 'odyssey' begins. It's trippy. And for those of you who have watched the movie and been confused by the ending, I think the book's will help give some context.
Overall, it's a fantastic read if you are into sci-fi. For those who don't usually read sci-fi, this book can feel a little slow. That's because Clarke takes his time exploring one or two central ideas in his books, not rushing onto the next. However, the book isn't very long regardless.
If you like this book, check out Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama!
If you’re a science fiction fan, you need to check this one off of your bucket list.
I will not ruin the plot or the storyline but it is an interesting one with the aliens influencing mankind on the path of intelligence and learning. This is a good book and it is a good story without wars or combat with aliens. It is about understanding how mankind developed and where we might be headed in the future. I like this book and I recommend it.
Read the book! You will enjoy it!! And will become a part of you.
The timing of this book is obviously incredible as well, the threat of nuclear annihilation still lingers but then was an oppressive force, and so much in space was unknown, how this text stays so optimisitic is fitting and visionary, I truly enjoyed it.
I also loved that Hal wasn't the main theme, I always felt that the AI in the film was overplayed and the boom really does a better job of making it more of a secondary plot line, sociopathic AI simply doesn't register with me and never has, despite Musk and the other icons rants I just don't see it.
Anyway I loved his book and gave me new perspective on the film.