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2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2000

    Great Book I give it * * * * *

    2001: A Space Odyssey is classic ¿Science Fiction¿ written during the 1960¿s. The book is set in the future, which is now the present future, and is a true depiction of what science fiction genre stands for. I give Clarke 5 stars * * * * * for his excellent description of paranormal activity by depicting universes with in universes. Every science fiction maniac should read this book. Being an ¿X-Files¿ fan I found the book more amusing and paranormal then any of the ¿Mulder Scully¿ situation Fox decides to air. Many sci-fi authors (writers) set more of their material in the 40th century and beyond. Clarke, however, has been able to bring the near future, present day, to life and still no matter what the year dated makes it possible for the reader to enjoy the book. 2001: A Space Odyssey begins in the past with the Ape-man, something many sci-fi writers don¿t discuss in their short stories or novels, and has been able to take a ¿monolith¿ so to speak and make it the base of the entire novel. The paranormal activity Clarke creates from the monolith is extravagant! The monolith takes a new form to the moon and down to Saturn. The navigators on this extensively long and boring journey happen to be Hal 9000, a ¿perfectly programmed¿ computer which shall lead the spacecraft Discovery through space, Frank Poole and David Bowman the best trained astronauts for this journey, and if necessary three hibernauts that will not awaken until Discovery reaches Saturn unless it is imperative that they awaken from hibernation. Clarke does a spectacular job of keeping the reader in suspense about what the purpose of the Discovery is until. they reach Saturn. I too shall not reveal the ¿secret¿ and mysteries that the Discovery holds for the lives of these four men and their ¿supposed¿ perfect computer Hal. Stanley Kubrick who helped critique the movie off the book deliberately, according to the novel he did not have the same ¿swing¿ that the novel had. Agonizing over crops and other such petty objects, Kubrick changed the script by throwing Saturn out of the whole picture. After making such a crucial decision the movie hasn¿t even come close, in my expectations of what the movie should have really portrayed. However, the musical score in the movie is superb! I even bought the CD after watching the movie. The two astronauts, in the novel, only make a stop at Jupiter to check out what the atmosphere is like but Kubrick makes the round ball of gas the basis of the movie, which I thought was ludicrous. However, the movie I wouldn¿t recommend it to anyone on the other hand, the sci-fi novel is excellent. Being a paranormal believer the book showed a new perspective on its meaning. I would recommend this book to sci-fi readers everywhere and even to those who aren¿t sci-fi addicts will still love the book because of the suspense and foreshadowing it brings to the reader¿s mind. The book has received many raved receives, besides mine and is truly a winner in the Science Fiction Genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2000

    Amazing

    This book is awesome. I mean, for something written so long ago, it seems convincing that it is 2001

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    JUST PLAIN WEIRD

    2001 is a book written in the 1960s about the coming year. It starts out with primitives learning to hunt from a monolith and then it goes to space, where this giant starcruiser is on a mission to Jupiter or something like that. There are two astronauts and a talking computer named HAL who goes carzy, if possible, and kills one astronaut but is shut down by the other, who then later gets stuck in this time-warp thing and then is led to a house where he ages right before our eyes. Then he dies but is reborn as a Star Child. I saw the movie first and it was weird, much like Stanely Kubrick and I got confused on some parts, but the book cleared things out for me. Clark writes in such detail, but the story drags on and is to slow, but is always there for suspense, the way that Clark writes. This is a paranormal and weird book and would be a fun read in the year 2001. A sci-fi epic like no other. Just sometimes gets boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2000

    2001 is a great book.

    I enjoyed 2001: A Space Odyssey. The book never dragged or became boring. Arthur C. Clarke did a great job of describing every aspect of the story from begining to end. I caught myself being obssesed with this book and not able to put it down. To me this is a number 1 book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2000

    Possibly the best book since the Bible

    This book sets the standard for excellence in modern science fiction. I found it very entertaining because it described the aliens with such detail, but not in physical way. It told how they thought and what they were aiming to do, without going into the terribly surrealistic 'little green men' detail. It leaves a lot unanswered and gets you thinking how weird this universe really is, or must be...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2000

    A great Book

    This is a science fiction classic. It is detaled and all of the fiction is possible someday.I recmond this book to any one who like science ficti

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    A Monolith for Our Time

    Possibly one of the most compelling science-fiction works of all time. A must for anyone who wants to know the next step for humanity.

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