This allegory about humanity's exploration of the universe, and the universe's reaction to humanity, was the basis for director Stanley Kubrick's immortal film, and lives on as a hallmark achievement in storytelling.
©1968 Arthur C. Clarke; ©1968 Polaris Productions, Inc.; (P)2000 Brilliance Audio
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
This whole novel was actually based off of Clarke's previous short story, "The Monolith", but obviously VASTLY expanded upon.
As I'm sure is the case with most people, I saw the film 2001: A Space Odyssey BEFORE having the opportunity to read the book.
Let me tell you - it makes a LOT more content within the movie actually make sense.
The opening scene of the movie with the apes and the monolith actually spans the first SIX chapters of this book. That should give you an idea of the amount of material left out of the film which fills in the curious plot gaps.
I don't want to ruin anything by giving more away, but whether you have seen the movie or not, I believe it is your DUTY as a science-fiction fan to read this book. There aren't many modern-day masterpieces anymore, but this would definitely fall under that category.
PS = Also, do yourself a favor and be sure to check out Arthur C Clarke's library of short stories as well. He is truly a master of the medium.
9.31 / 10.00
Excellent Book! For fans of the movie, the book follows it exactly (until end).. but seems to move quicker and with more excitement. You won't be wondering what the hell just happened like the movie.
Now the ending was great. Actually made sense and kinda reminded me of 'contact' in how the aliens dealt with visitors. It made me wonder why the movie didn't use this storyline..? It would've been great and made sense. The movie ending is one big mess. I see what Kubric was trying to do, but he did it badly. BADLY. I came away with more respect for Clark, and less for Kubric. Clark was a genius and its a shame he didn't write more.(easy for me to say ha) Check out 'Childhoods End' for another Clark masterpiece. 'Rendezvous with Rama' is also good but maybe a tad anti climactic... to say the least.
Get the Book you won't regret it!
story idea is really interesting, and starts well, but feels rushed as it progresses.
2001 is an oddity because the The movie didn't follow the book. Arthur Clark and Stanley Kubric worked on the story together in order to make to make a movie and a book. They evolved in tandem up to a point with the movie coming out first. I’ll say a few things about the movie first, as they are relevant if you’ve seen it.
I remember hearing all the hype and then seeing the movie when I was a kid. The movie was, well, weird and confusing -- so much so that it I found it unsatisfying. I just couldn't get it and I suspect a lot of other people didn't either unless they'd read the book. Someone recently said to me, 'If you read the book the movie will make sense.' Well, I just read it. And, yes, the movie seems to make more sense now. I'm much more satisfied with the book, though. It seems to me now that the movie sacrificed clear storytelling for being oh-so-visually-stunning (read that last phrase in your best Stewie Griffin voice).
Movie aside, the story in the book is excellent. It struck me as very original (though based on earlier works by the author), which matters to me. What really blew me away though was discovering the book was actually published BEFORE the U.S.reached the moon and yet the description of spaceflight and life in space is so convincing. The plot was quite enjoyable, although I have to admit the tension between Hal and the crew is done better in the movie. "Open the pod bay doors, Hal. I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave." is only uttered in the movie. Still, I get some, but not all, of the interesting bits of the movie now and I'm glad for that.
If you want to understand the movie somewhat better and enjoy an excellent, old sci-fi story, I highly recommend this book. You even enjoy it more if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t have its scenes in your head. The narration was excellent, btw.
Great story and forward read by Clark is great. Hard to believe that this story was only written as a thought experiment for the movie.
Of course it is different from the movie, but the tale is engrossing, vivid and thought provoking. The concept of exploring space has fallen away from the public perspective, however, it is through the exploration of space we can ensure our survival as species.
"The history of humanity will be written in the stars, or not at all." - George Arruda
"Loved it, but where's the sequel?"
Perfect audio version, loved it, but how come 2010 (the sequel) isn't available on Audible? Books 3 and 4 are! Really would love to listen to it, but I guess I'm going to have to resort to a dead tree version as it isn't even available on Google Play or Kindle :(
"Excellent audio version but...."
Please release 2010. I don't want to listen to the other two books before I hear the second book
"Excellent... but why no 2010 on Audible yet?"
Superb story, I have been patiently waiting for 2010, book 2 in the series to be available on Audible, but we can only get books 1,3 & 4 which seems a bit of a shame? I have seen both the movies and really would like to hear the story and complete the series.. please :)
""My God, it's full of stars""
Anyone even remotely interested in science-fiction, or science-fact for that matter, will love this book.
I first saw the movie during the 1970's, when I was still a young child, and a spark of imagination was ignited. This spark is now a raging inferno that will never be extinguished. Given my age at the time, I was left with gaps, unanswered questions. Years later, these gaps remained, even after seeing the movie again, and the sequel (2010: The Year We Make Contact). This was until I decided to buy the full set of 4 books. After that, these gaps were filled-in, and the questions answered.
Having now listened to the audio book version of this novel, these answers are much more apparent, almost blatently obvious, mainly because you have the opportunity to focus on details when it's read for you.
You are taken on a highly-visual (and detailed) exploration of one of many possible beginnings of mankind, and the Universe, a tour of our own Solar System, and beyond, stretching your imagination further than you thought possible. This is the only restraining factor.....your own imagination.
This is a true 'classic', it really does make you think.....\"What if......\"
"Love at first listen"
Great film, great book. I have listen to this three times and can't wait to do it again. I think it is great.
"The original and best"
This is a classic and way out ahead of the film. the whole plot is more apparent and works really well. Whether you've seen the film or not this is a must!
"Epic in scale, long and satisfying"
The description is rich without being irrelevant, the characters and plot hold you tightly with the full G-force of Clarke's story-telling ability. The introduction by the author is an added bonus. Dick Hill performs rather than merely reads the novel, bringing the atmosphere (or lack of it) lucidly to life. A must-have for all Sci-Fi and movie fans.
"All the thrills you need.."
No matter how well you think you know the story, there's always a little bit that is hidden... Very well read by Dick Hill... true enjoyment.
After reading the RAMA trilogy I wanted to read some more ACC books. This book blew me away, I saw the movie, but the book is lots better and suddenly you understand everything :-).
Even after 35 years this is still a very good classic sci-fi book, although the story could have been written anno 2011... So it's timeless .
I wasn't bored a single time and found his way of writing fantastic. The narrator is also OK
There's also a great introduction, narrated by Arthur himself.
"Only crime here is audible don't have 2010 come on audible"
Excellent book if the film confused you here is the key ... amazing for time written ...
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