2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

By Arthur C. Clarke

2001: an area Odyssey is the vintage technological know-how fiction novel that modified the way in which we checked out the celebs and ourselves....

2001: an area Odyssey encouraged what's probably the best technological know-how fiction movie ever made- brilliantly imagined via the overdue Stanley Kubrick....

2001 is eventually here....

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

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

"Brain-boggling." -Life

"Clark has developed a good paintings of fiction...with the meticulous construction of an extraterrestrial environment...Mr. Clark is a master."--Library Journal

"Breathtaking."-Saturday Review

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Despite all the electronic read-outs, there were times when good old-fashioned printed material was the most convenient form of record. Bowman studied the diagrams for a moment, then whistled. "You might have told us," he said. " "I'm sorry," Hal replied. " "I probably did, a year ago. But there are eight thousand subsystems aboard. Anyway, it looks a straightforward job. " "That suits me fine," said Poole, who was the crew member designated for routine extravehicular activity. "I could do with a change of scenery.

Bowman's day began at 0600, ship's time – the Universal Ephemeris Time of the astronomers. If he was late, Hal had a variety of beeps and chimes to remind him of his duty, but they had never been used. As a test, Poole had once switched off the alarm; Bowman had still risen automatically at the right time. III – BETWEEN PLANETS His first official act of the day would be to advance the Master Hibernation Timer twelve hours. If this operation was missed twice in a row, Hal would assume that both he and Poole had been incapacitated, and would take the necessary emergency action.

In an emergency, if no one answered his signals, he would attempt to wake the sleeping members of the crew, by electrical and chemical stimulation. If they did not respond, he would radio Earth for further orders. And then, if there was no reply from Earth, he would take what measures he deemed necessary to safeguard the ship and to continue the mission – whose real purpose he alone knew, and which his human colleagues could never have guessed. Poole and Bowman had often humorously referred to themselves as caretakers or janitors aboard a ship that could really run itself.

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