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Written when landing on the moon was still a dream, made into one of the most influential films of our century, brilliant, compulsive, prophetic, 2001: A Space Odyssey tackles the enduring theme of man's place in the universe. Including a new Foreword by the author and a fascinating new introduction by Stephen Baxter, this special edition is an essential addition to every SF reader's collection.

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Overview

Written when landing on the moon was still a dream, made into one of the most influential films of our century, brilliant, compulsive, prophetic, 2001: A Space Odyssey tackles the enduring theme of man's place in the universe. Including a new Foreword by the author and a fascinating new introduction by Stephen Baxter, this special edition is an essential addition to every SF reader's collection.

On the moon an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications that, for the first time, men are sent out deep into the solar system. But, before they can reach their destination, things begin to go wrong. Horribly wrong.

2001: A Space Odyssey confirmed Arthur C. Clarke's reputation as one of the best-known and most influential science fiction writers ever. The book and the 1968 movie are icons of the modern age. Now comes a special trade paperback edition, with a new introduction by the author which sheds light on the powerful synergy between the book and the movie.

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This film is rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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In the year 2001 an alien artifact is found on the moon. Tracking its radio signal in outer space, an expedition is launched with mysterious, haunting results. Groundbreaking special effects. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's The Sentinel.
Letterboxed format. Color. 139 min. (1968)

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451134691
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/1968
  • Series: Space Odyssey Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur C. Clarke was considered to be the greatest science fiction writer of all time. He was an international treasure in many other ways: an article he wrote in 1945 led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Mr. Clarke - both fiction and nonfiction - have more than one hundred million copies in print worldwide. He died in 2008 at the age of 90.

Biography

Widely considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time, Arthur C. Clarke turned his formidable technical knowledge and lively creative imagination into an amazing career that spanned the fields of literature, invention, futurology, and entertainment.

Born in 1917 in the seaside town of Minehad in Somerset, England, Clarke developed an early interest in both science and its literary sister, speculative science fiction. After secondary school he moved to London and joined the British Interplanetary Society, where he contributed articles to the Society's bulletin. During WWII, he joined the RAF, working in the experimental trials of Ground Controlled Approach Radar, the forerunner of today's air traffic control systems. (This experience inspired his only non-science fiction novel, 1963's Glide Path.) In a technical paper written in 1945 for the UK periodical Wireless World, he set out the principles of satellite communication that would lead to the global satellite systems in use today.

After WWII, he attended King's College, London, on scholarship and received first class honors in Physics and Mathematics. He sold his first sci-fi story to Astounding Science Fiction magazine in May of 1946. From that point on, he never stopped writing. Some of his more notable works include Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama, and The Fountains of Paradise.

In 1964, Clarke was approached by film auteur Stanley Kubrick to collaborate on a science fiction movie script. The material chosen for adaptation was Clarke's 1948 short story "The Sentinel," an eerie tale about the discovery of an extraterrestrial artifact. Over the next four years, he expanded the story into a full-length novel, while simultaneously writing the screenplay with Kubrick. In 1968, both versions of 2001: A Space Odyssey debuted to great acclaim. Clarke also worked in television -- as a consultant during the CBS news coverage of the Apollo 12 and 15 space missions and as creator of two distinguished series, "Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World" and "Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers."

In 1954, Clarke visited Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon). He fell in love with the country and settled there in 1956, founding a guided diving service and continuing to produce his astonishing books and articles. On March 19, 2008, he died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90, leaving behind an impressive literary legacy and millions of bereft fans.

Good To Know

Clarke shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Clarke was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998.

In 1986, the Science Fiction Writers of America bestowed on Clarke the title of Grand Master.

At home in Sri Lanka, Clarke survived the deadly Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 that caused the deaths of more than a quarter million people.

Clarke was an expert scuba diver and in 1956 founded a guided diving service in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon.

In Profiles of the Future (1962), Clarke set forth his "Three Laws," provocative observations on science, science fiction, and society:

  • "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."
  • "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."
  • "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
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      1. Date of Birth:
        December 16, 1917
      2. Place of Birth:
        Minehead, Somerset, England
      1. Date of Death:
        March 19, 2008
      2. Place of Death:
        Sri Lanka
      1. Education:
        1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 14, 2004

      A great book for anyone

      2001: A Space Odyssey is the best science fiction series of all time, and great even for non sci-fi readers. Before this book, I had never read any sci-fi books. Now I have read over ten of Arthur C. Clarke's other books. This is an excellent book for any intelligent reader because it makes you think. The plot is absorbing and fast-paced, full of awe and suspense. It is an epic tale of space and new horizons. This is a must read.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 14, 2004

      Great Book

      I picked this book out for a school project, and needless to say I was not to excited about it, but this book did a wonderful job of keeping my attention, and really kept me involved in the story. If you are an avid reader of science fiction you will love this book. I found it quite amazing that this book was written so long ago. Clarke like all great storytellers did wonderful job describing what the future was like.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 6, 2004

      Spectacular sci-fi novel!

      For those like myself who were never really interested in sci-fi, this a great book to read never-the-less. and for those people extremely interested in sci-fi, this is even better. i had to read this book for a school project, and believe me once you start this book, you will not want to put it down. A MUST READ!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 5, 2004

      Loved It!

      I am usually not fond of sci-fi books or movies, but I must say that 2001: a space odyssey was a fantastic book. It opens up your eyes and makes you wonder, you have never wondered before, how big the universe really is. It also makes you realize that humans are only a small speck compared to the infinity of the universe.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 22, 2004

      Stunning

      I must admit I saw the film first and was left both amazed and lost, however the book patched up the holes and now it's just amazing!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 18, 2004

      AMAZING!!!!

      i have just read this book for the first time, after hereing my parents put down the Movie saying, ' it's boring ' and, ' i feel asleep watching it ' and my Uncle saying it is a great movie, and even better book. and also a friend saying the movie was good, but wierd, but good. i have read the book, and seen the movie, and i LOVE them both. i think Clark wrote on of the best books i have ever read, and i read ALOT. i recommend this book to any Sci-Fi fan. i am also amazed at this book because of Clark's view of what the year 2001 would be like, while the story was written in 1964. in conclusion, READ THIS BOOK!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 16, 2003

      2001: A review

      Amazing. This novel, which was written amost at the same time of the movie, is breathtaking. It adds greatly to Kubrick's brilliant film. Clarke's style is straighforward, yet beautiful in its descriptiveness and simplicity. I read this novel in its entirity in one sitting. It gripped me from start to finish, making me hungry to turn each page.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 13, 2003

      Clarke better than Kubrick

      This is one of the few books I have read in one sitting. Not that it was amazing, but it flowed smoothly and was easy to read. The book is infinitely better than the movie, which I have never been able to watch in its entirety. As with Starship Troopers, not much action, but it is a much better story. However, Clarke should have stopped at 2001. 2010 and 3001 were incredibly awful and should be avoided like the Forever Plague...uh, I mean Forever War.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 4, 2003

      it's great

      This book is really a piece of art,it really inspired me and it changed the way i have always thought that books were boring but this book tought me that i was wrong

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 21, 2003

      2001: A Space Oddesy Review

      I liked this book. I liked it for its creative depiction of the future that was believed to be true when the book was written. my favorite character was the main character of the book. He managed to stay in space for a long period of time and survive by himself and against the will of the computer, and not go insane. The main conflict of the book was that there was either a flaw in the AI of the onboard computer, or that the computer had just decided on its own to go crazy and try to kill the inhabitants of the ship bound for another world to inhabit it for earth. It was attempting to kill the main character who was basically a caretaker of the ship whil the space ship traveled to the planet and the real inhabitants of the ship were frozen, only to be revived once arrived at the destination.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 9, 2003

      The best fiction story

      My language is not English.But I read translations.2001:A Space Odyssey is the first fiction story I read.And I should confess that the best story that I have ever read.As the other Mr.Clarcks story,this story has a boring beginning and of course the most important part of the story is the begining.There is no unnecessary sentence.Each sentence has its own meaning.Suddenly the story becomes surprising.It goes high and higher.When you are completely mixed-up and wondered,it finishes! 2010 is also interesting,but not as much as 2001.unfortunately 2061 is less interesting.That is full of technical idioms,without fun and wonder.And at last sorrily 3001 is the worst.Smotimes I think it shoud not being Written.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 15, 2002

      No need to rate this, the name says it all

      Better than the movie as far as i am concerned. I love the whole thing. Cant belive he wrote this back in 1968. I picked like 10 new inventions. The only part which is weak is the Prehistory and that is quite understandable since back then we knew less and of course it is easier to predit a Microwave Oven or a Satelite than it is to figure out the History and beginnings of H-Sapiens. have I been Clarke and I would have chosen Homo-Erectus (Pithecanthropus) as my beginning species rather than Autralopithecus, but... Also Clarke was off by 100-200 years. He was too far into the future for the year 2001. I mean here we are, I know we will get there but not just yet. We cant even send a probe to mars without losing it or Damaging the Images that are sent back and dont tell me I am talking about a conspiracy here because I am not. I am simply saying those guys ought to be replaced by someone more capable. :O)

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 23, 2002

      A good SF book.

      I find this book a good SF book but I don't see it being all its cracked up to be. It is a good story and look at SF but it didn't appeal to me. I guess it's not my kind of SF.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 22, 2002

      The Greatest Sci-fi Novel ever

      When Clarke wrotes this novella 2001 was a long way away, anything was possible and indeed much of his idea is in place, how easy it would be for a computer to go down to the extent that HAL did. One thing Clarke did get right was the amount we would depend on computerisation in the year 2001. This story is compelling reading and of course it was made into one of the film greats of Stanley Kubrick. Arthur C. Clarke is undoubtedly one of the finest science fiction writers of all time.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 9, 2002

      One important point

      After reading many of Clarke books I come away seeing his point of view, and knowing who he is and his infinate mind who am I to not agree. The beginning of the novel takes place at the dawn of man. A clan leader tries to keep his kin safe from wild aminals other clans and the infant earth as humans know it, to live other day. At this point ( I belive)Clarke want us to imagin the devolpment of the human mind, can we love , do we live for happiness, do we have a conscience. Or are we just like any other aminal on earth. One morning the monolith appears. To the clan it is frighting, to there mind it is beyond understanding. Days go by the monotith becomes a part of the landscape. The leader still fighteng off natures incrochment stares at the monolith. Here it is Clarke belief the man took that after lasting step toword what we have become. While staring at the black figure in the ground that spark, the changing chemistry in the brain takes place aminals bone become wepons, and a aid for hunting. Meat and ever important protin become part of there diets. The road has forked with the aid of the monolith, this clan becomes our ansistors,the others the missing link. The monolith disappers to be found later when it has complited it's job and points its students in the direction of the final queston. This is the beginning and the end ,or maybe not 2010 is just over the horizon.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 12, 2001

      Not Bad!!

      Wow! That's all I have to say! This book was so good that I read it twice.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 13, 2001

      Awesome

      After I first watched the movie 2001, I had almost no idea what was going on - the story of the Black Monolith and the Star Child at the end made almost no sense to me. But after reading this book, everything comes together and makes much more sense. The better way to experience 2001 would be to first read the book and then watch the movie, but either way 2001 is an exciting look at human beings' journey beyond Earth.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 16, 2001

      Meaning of 2001: A Space Odyssey

      2001: A Space Odyssey has a powerful meaning and my be a little confusing. For example, in the end it can become very confusing. All in all this book has a wonderful meaning that is mindbending but at the same time tells you Arthur Clarke's view of the evolution of mankind and how he thinks it is all an expirement.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 18, 2001

      Good

      I think that space odessy is good i watched it last night and i will always remember it as weird and cool.

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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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