2001 A Space Odyssey

Arthur C Clarke



This is the first book in a four book series.

Three million years ago the creatures that would become man are on the brink of extinction.  Eking out a bleak existence by gathering what food they can from the land.  Tribal warfare is continuous as there is never enough to eat.  Many are killed by other animals.

Then one day a strange object appears in their world.  A huge black featureless slab standing upright.  An object totally at odds with the natural world.  This “monolith” begins to exert it’s influence on the tribe living nearby.  An influence that encourages intelligent thought.  Soon they begin to make and use simple tools.  With this one step forward they begin to thrive.  Animals that once hunted them are now a source of food.  Attacks from neighboring tribes are easily defeated.  A future with modern man at the top of the food chain is assured.

Three million years later Man has begun to travel into space.  A second monolith is discovered on the Moon buried in the crater Tycho.  When the monolith is unearthed, and the sun strikes it for the first time, it blasts an incredibly powerful radio signal to Iapetus, one of Saturn’s moons.  An ambitious mission is launched to investigate what could be man’s first encounter with extraterrestrials.

If the movie left you totally bewildered, you are not alone.  However the book is typical of Arthur C Clarke.  Enjoyable and easy to follow.  Then after you’ve read the book, watch the movie again.  You’ll enjoy it much more.

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4 thoughts on “2001 A Space Odyssey

  1. Hi there,

    My girlfriends loves Sci-Fi! When we watch movies, she always tell me if there is a new Sci-Fi movie out or not. I am going to show her this. Im pretty sure that she will end up getting one of these books or maybe yet the whole set. Where do you even get this book?

    • Hi Von. If you’re girlfriend is in to Sci-fi she should definitely check out Arthur C Clarke‘s books. He is one of the true masters. Many of his books predicted things that are now part of the world we live in. Thanks for the comment.


  2. Hi! Great post. I love sci-fi movies and I agree that this movie is far far beyond. Must see by everyone. And includes a great soundtrack as well. The only thing I didn’t like about this movie was the extremely slow rhythms it has. I didn’t know there was a book, it would be really interesting to read it. Thanks!

    • Hi Effie. Arthur C Clarke wrote the book at the same time as he was working on the movie with Stanley Kubrick, though the book is slightly different to the movie. I believe it’s a must read for anyone who has seen the movie but had trouble following it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


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