2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

2001: A Space Odyssey

byArthur C. Clarke

Mass Market Paperback | September 11, 2000

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The classic science fiction novel—the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s immortal 1968 film—that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves.

From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man ventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

This allegory about humanity’s exploration of the universe—and the universe’s reaction to humanity—is a hallmark achievement in storytelling that follows the crew of the spacecraft Discovery as they embark on a mission to Saturn. Their vessel is controlled by HAL 9000, an artificially intelligent supercomputer capable of the highest level of cognitive functioning that rivals—and perhaps threatens—the human mind.

Grappling with space exploration, the perils of technology, and the limits of human power, 2001: A Space Odyssey continues to be an enduring classic of cinematic scope.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) wrote a hundred books and more than a thousand short stories and essays covering science fiction and science fact in a career spanning more than six decades. Among his bestselling novels are Childhood’s End, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Rendezvous with Rama.   In 1945, he proposed global broadcasting via ...
Title:2001: A Space OdysseyFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 0.83 inPublished:September 11, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451457994

ISBN - 13:9780451457998

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Sci-Fi Arthur C. Clarke is a master, the novel of 2001 adds a lot to the movie (mainly because it explains the weird bits that you have to Google to try to understand).
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adds quiet a bit to the movie A must read for fans of the movie - adds a lot of great background detail and depth.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Odyssey One of the truly great science fiction novels, from one of the genre's greatest writers.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE This is the gold standard for modern Classic Sci-fi. So Good. I enjoyed the entire series. Goes more into depth than the film
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a journey! I do own this book and I have read it completely. This book was written before all those space probes were launched into space to take close up images of the planets and stars. It was ahead of its time. It takes you through an amazing journey through the solar system. Ends with a bit of a cliff hanger and you have to read the other books in the series to truly find out the ending. Great story! I do recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Odyssey Just as good as the film. Thought-provoking and mind bending
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cult Classic I love this book, I lend this book, I recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing You're going to want to read them all
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sci-fi I read the book before ever having seen the movie, and I think that that is probably the best way to experience each of them - although I did feel somewhat bored throughout the movie since I knew what was going to happen. An intriguing premise with an intriguing structure. The plot doesn't rely too much on heavy action but is still great. I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Engrossing Admittedly, it took me three attempts to read this novel. In my defense, two of those attempts brought me only ten pages into the story. On my third attempt, however, I decided to press onwards and was pleasantly surprised with how much I was enjoying the story. Studying physics at the University of Toronto, I found a lot of the elements in the story quite engaging - I understood what was happening and why all throughout the novel. That is, until the end. I then grew profoundly confused. Still, I enjoyed every moment I spent reading this novel (even those minutes where I was confused!)
Date published: 2011-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece When I first read this book as a child, I found some of the concepts expressed at the end of the story a bit hard to understand. Reading this wonderful book in the year 2001 has re-affirmed, for me, the incredible scope of Arthur C. Clarke. The uplifting of our species at crucial points by more evolved entities is almost spiritual in nature...beyond the classic first contact premise. This book is simply a masterpiece.
Date published: 2001-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic If the movie didn't make any sense, read the book. Although it will not answer all of the questions, it will shed more light upon the nature of the Monolith and Dave Bowman's transformation into the Star Child. Science Fiction fans should read this!
Date published: 2000-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book is okay While i read this book i felt that i was out of this world. I never knew monkeys could fly spaceships. It was really humorous also. I really enjoyed it. I'm a huge fan of Star Wars, Star Trek and all those space stuff. So i think i felt good reading this.
Date published: 1999-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 2001: A Space Odyssey Snore City! If you like a story with very little dialogue and almost zero action, then this is the book for you. The story begins on a young Earth, with humankind receiving a push towards evolution from an alien source. The tale continues in the year 2001, where Dave Bowman is a man on a mission to research the planet Jupiter. His tedious journey is interrupted by his ship's computer, which has an agenda of its own. While Bowman ends up discovering a lot more than he bargained for, the reader discovers that this book is a big waste of time.
Date published: 1999-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stunning Ah! How may I begin! Well, suffices to say that 2001 is the ultimate science-fiction story of all time. And although the novel does not completely mirror its movie sibling, they each have their own personal virtues. Clarke incredibly succeeds at bringing an air or reality to an era where moon landings were just becoming possible. I prophecise that our society will one day become so much like 2001 that it will no longer be able to be seen as a science-"fiction" novel. Hooray for Clarke!
Date published: 1999-05-26

Editorial Reviews

“Dazzling...wrenching...a mind bender.”—Time“Brain-boggling.”—Life   “Full of poetry, scientific imagination, and typical wry Clarke wit. By standing the universe on its head, he makes us see the ordinary universe in a different light...[This novel becomes] a complex allegory about the history of the world.”—The New Yorker   “Clarke has constructed an effective work of fiction...with the meticulous creation of an extraterrestrial environment, the sort of extrapolation of which Mr. Clarke is a master.”—Library Journal   “Breathtaking.”—Saturday Review