REVIEW è 2001: A Space Odyssey

REVIEW 2001: A Space Odyssey

REVIEW è 2001: A Space Odyssey í A deluxe hardcover edition of the wondrous space adventure that is the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar winning film—part of Penguin Galaxy a collectible series of six sci fifantasy classics featuring a series introduction by Neil GaimanWinner of the AIGA Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competitionWritten whA Space Odyssey is a science fiction classic that has changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves On the moon an enigma is uncovered So great are the implications that for the first time men are sent deep into our solar system But before they can reach their destination things begin to go very wrong From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to. I remember watching 2001 A space Odyssey about seven years back and almost losing my mind during the overlong Stargate seuence and what followed after that acid trip The I might puke faceFast forward to 2017 one of my buddies called me up and said 'Sreyas 2001 Space Odyssey is a fricking classic You should read the book before watching the movie' Fortunately I had a copy of the novel with me and I jumped right in ❝ If he was indeed mad his delusions were beautifully organized❞ The story starts in a time before the dawn of human kind when benevolent and rather mindless man apes were dying one after another due to overlong drought and natural predators In short The tribal group was going down and they were facing Extinction with a big EEnter our savior the big black slab which manipulated with the minds of man apes and turned them into ambitious innovative and uh violent hooligans But hey they needed to be all this to survive such a primitive world The only problem was that the once benevolent man apes passed these newly found ualities like innovation imagination and unfortunately violence to future generations that followed themThat's a topic for another time Because right now it's all about science and the mysterious black monolith which engineered the dawn of humankind We jump from prehistory to the year 2001 in a blink of an eye and the true odyssey begins One of the best things about the story for me was the unceasing excitement the tale inspires in spite of being rather slow at times The story focuses on the ideas and the science rather than its characters creating a story propelled solely by the sheer power of the journey to find answers Another exciting aspect of the story was how easy it is to associate the elements of the novel with our own technological advancement Even though we haven't achieved the level of sophisticated advancement in terms of space travel as mentioned in the novel we have come a long way I couldn't help but notice a scene where one of the characters lands an instumentless probe on an asteroid and Ta da we have done better with Rosetta probe You go Rosetta Without uestion the best part about the book was HAL 9000 view spoilerand the horrors Seriously who needs aliens to scare the shit out of you when you have HAL 9000 Oddly enough I kind of felt sad when HAL signed off hide spoiler

Arthur C. Clarke ↠ 1 REVIEW

The rings of Saturn at the turn of the 21st century Arthur C Clarke takes us on a journey unlike any other Brilliant compulsive and prophetic and the basis for the immensely influential Stanley Kubrick film 2001 A Space Odyssey tackles the enduring theme of man’s and technology’s place in the universe and lives on as a landmark achievement in storytelling. “He now perceived that there were ways than one behind the back of space” As a longtime admirer of Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling film I was than a little hesitant about picking up this book apprehensive that it might not be able to live up to my perhaps overly demanding expectations And it did take me a good 50 pages or so before I really began to connect with Clarke’s writing After that initial rough patch however I became increasingly immersed in this absorbing story eventually entirely unwilling to part with it Thankfully the oft accurate cliché that “the book is better than the movie” proved true; I’m very pleased I gave this a try All of the fascinating themes you doubtless remember from the movie can be found here too evolution technology exploration and discovery the nature of intelligence the effects of isolation and perhaps the most poignant of these mankind’s primal relentless hunger to understand why But what I wasn’t expecting to encounter and what made this such an incredibly memorable novel was the boundless sense of reverence and awe with which it was infused Clarke masterfully depicted the vast grandeur of space in part by subtly yet persistently underscoring how very small and alone David was and he did so in such a way that I ended up feeling something I’ve not experienced in uite some time pure childlike wonder at the unfathomable incomprehensible beauty and magnitude of our universe A genuinely riveting uest for discovery 2001 is science fiction with both a heart and a mind AND view spoilera gloriously wiggy AI Seriously how adorable is HAL hide spoiler


2001 A Space OdysseyA deluxe hardcover edition of the wondrous space adventure that is the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar winning film part of Penguin Galaxy a collectible series of six sci fifantasy classics featuring a series introduction by Neil GaimanWinner of the AIGA Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competitionWritten when landing on the moon was still a dream 2001. The book is always better than the film but I'd never read 2001 before What I didn't know until reading the foreword is that this novel was literally written in tandem with the film with Clarke and Kubrick feeding each other ideas At some points however filming overtook writing or vice versa and the two stories though similar split along two different paths After reading the book the film becomes little than a very well crafted container It's pretty and neat to look at it but open it up and it's empty There is none of Clarke's vision of how a being we'd call God would communicate with us across unfathomable time spans or teach us or lead us into higher consciousness Stripped away by Kubrick is the sense that this being truly wants us to be in its image and that the whole breadcrumb trail of monoliths was designed to do just that And completely erased is the notion that David Bowman as Star Child is now one with the Universe in some Zen like way and also much like something we'd called a godDon't get me wrong 2001 is still one of my favorite films but to get the full meaning and understand the full weight of why 2001 has been called the perfect science fiction story you must read the book Clarke marries science mysticism theory and fantasy in ways like no other Unfortunately Kubrick stripped away the mysticism and theory and left us what is in comparison to the book only a glimmer at something biggerKubrick touched the monolith but Clarke went inside