2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

By Arthur C. Clarke

2001: an area Odyssey is the vintage technology fiction novel that modified the way in which we checked out the celebrities and ourselves....

2001: an area Odyssey encouraged what's probably the best technology fiction movie ever made- brilliantly imagined via the past due Stanley Kubrick....

2001 is ultimately here....

"Dazzling...wrenching, eerie, a mind-bender."-Time

"Full of poetry, clinical mind's eye and usually wry Clarke wit. by way of status the universe on its head, he makes us see the standard universe in a unique light...a advanced allegory concerning the heritage of the world."-The New Yorker

"Brain-boggling." -Life

"Clark has built an efficient paintings of fiction...with the meticulous production of an extraterrestrial environment...Mr. Clark is a master."--Library Journal

"Breathtaking."-Saturday Review

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Once Bowman had flown over northern Canada during the height of an auroral display; the snow-covered landscape had been as bleak and brilliant as this. And that arctic wilderness, he reminded himself, was more than a hundred degrees warmer than the regions over which they were hurtling now. "Earth signal is fading rapidly," announced Hal. " They had expected this – indeed, it was one of the mission's objectives, as the absorption of radio waves would give valuable information about the Jovian atmosphere.

Immediately four faint, narrow lines appeared, bracketing a tiny and undistinguished star. He stared at it for many minutes, wondering if Hal could possibly be mistaken; then he saw that the pinpoint of light was moving, with barely perceptible slowness, against the background of the stars. It might still be half a million miles away – but its movement proved that, as cosmic distances went, it was almost near enough to touch. When Poole joined him on the control deck six hours later, 7794 was hundreds of times more brilliant, and was moving so swiftly against its background that there was no question of its identity.

Yet he had no regrets for these lost beauties. He had enjoyed them all, in his thirty-five years of life; and he was determined to enjoy them again, when he returned rich and famous. Meanwhile, distance made them all the more precious. The sixth member of the crew cared for none of these things, for it was not human. It was the highly advanced HAL 9000 computer, the brain and nervous system of the ship. Hal (for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer, no less) was a masterwork of the third computer breakthrough.

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