2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

On the Moon, an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications of this discovery that for the first time men are sent out deep into our solar system. But long before their destination is reached, things begin to go horribly, inexplicably wrong... One of the greatest-selling science fiction novels of our time, this classic book will grip you to the very end....

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Title:2001: A Space Odyssey
Author:Arthur C. Clarke
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:2001: A Space Odyssey
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:297 pages pages

2001: A Space Odyssey Reviews

  • Eric Althoff
    Aug 15, 2007
    Subversive, mysterious, incredible, mind-boggling, and ultimately hopeful, Arthur C. Clarke's "proverbial good science-fiction" novel--written concurrently with his and Stanley Kubrick's screenplay--is the ultimate trip into the universe and mankind's cycle of evolution. The apes of th...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Oct 05, 2010
    389. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C. Clarke. It was developed concurrently with Stanley Kubrick's film version and published after the release of the film. Clarke and Kubrick worked on the book t...
  • Dan Schwent
    Aug 02, 2015
    An alien artifact teaches a man-ape to use tools. Heywood Floyd goes to the moon to investigate a mysterious situation. Dave Bowman and his crewmates, most of them in cryogenic sleep, head toward Saturn.... Let me get my two big gripes out of the way first. 1. Arthur C. Clarke's c...
  • Jack Beltane
    Feb 22, 2008
    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...
  • Terry
    Aug 30, 2013
    3 ? 3.5 stars Another entry in my occasional forays into classic SF and I?d have to say this one was definitely a success. The Big Ideas in this one are sufficiently big and yet handled deftly enough that they don?t completely overshadow the story. The prose and characterisati...
  • Stephen
    Aug 15, 2008
    4.5 Stars. The books of Arthur C. Clarke (at least the ten or so that I have read) have been consistently good and of very high quality. When I pick up one of his books, I can be confident that I won't be disappointed. This book is terrific and don't think that if you have seen the mov...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Dec 31, 2015
    DNF: 35% This book was so fucking BORING! You want an author who can take the wonders of space, the uncertainty of life away from earth, the dangerous and fascinating premises of extraterrestrial beings and make it less interesting than counting the paint dimples in your ceiling!? A...
  • Jason Koivu
    Sep 07, 2018
    This is like reading the Cliffs Notes for Stanley Kubrick's confusing film, a film which probably has received such acclaim precisely for being so darn enigmatic. The book starts off fairly mundane with workman-like prose. The farther our hero travels out into the mysterious uncharted ...
  • Apatt
    Jul 14, 2015
    When I first read this book as a teenager I hated it, I thought it was so dry and impenetrable. I loved the Kubrick movie for its weirdness though. Clearly I was not one of the brighter kids of my generation. Having said that while I like it very much on this reread I can see why I cou...
  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    Jan 26, 2010
    Wow. This is really something. Forget what you think you know if you?ve seen the film. This is surely a landmark piece of Science Fiction. Although Clarke divulges a lot more detail here than Kubrick incorporated into his film, the mystic aspect of space is still present. I also ...
  • Michael
    Jun 10, 2010
    030219 from ???: this is a much much much much later addition 111018. 2001:a space odyssey, read at least 6 times over many years (decades...), yes perhaps i should write this as a dedicated single review, but i have not bothered to learn how to do that, and even now must say it is com...
  • Scarlet
    Apr 03, 2013
    I did not expect a book on extra-terrestrial life to leave me thinking about the evolution of mankind. You won't find any alien action here, no war-of-the-worlds scenario. Instead, 2001 is a book that relies on the sheer strength of ideas - which is what I believe good science-ficti...
  • Kelli
    Jun 17, 2011
    Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL? HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you. Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL. HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. Dave Bowman: What's the problem? HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. Dav...
  • Lyn
    Jul 30, 2011
    Classic. I read 2001: A Space Odyssey when I was a teenager and knew it was a very influential work of fiction because of the film and all the attention it had received. Still, though I found it very entertaining, I did not really get it. Thirty years later, I have read it agai...
  • Henry Avila
    Jan 20, 2012
    The opening scene , a tribe of ape- men ,in Africa,finding a strange gyrating monolith .Another rock to these few primitives, at first.But after the light show,the tribe is fascinated.It teaches them how to make and use tools.Kill animals and prevent their own extinction. With an unlim...
  • Brendon Schrodinger
    Jan 02, 2016
    Daah daaahh dah DA DA!!! boom boom boom boom boom That's how the book starts. I swear. No lie. Then there is twenty pages of men in rubber suits called Oog and Ugg. No, not really. I'm like most people I guess (only in this regard) in that I saw the movie before the boo...
  • Stuart
    Apr 03, 2013
    2001: A Space Odyssey: The perfect collaboration between book and film Originally posted at Fantasy Literature Arthur C. Clarke collaborated with Stanley Kubrick to produce the novel version of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) in order to provide the basis for the brilliant film of the s...
  • Adina
    Nov 17, 2014
    I recently finished two SF books, this one and Prelude to the Foundation. I gave the book by Isaac Asimov 4* but after reading the Odyssey I will downgrade it to 3*. I believe the Odyssey is better literature and more thought provoking. ...
  • Duane
    Nov 28, 2013
    One of the few instances where the movie was better than the book, but not by much. The remarkable thing about this book is how it stands the test of time. The science, the technology, the language, the style, all fit into our modern view as if it was written last week. It was publishe...
  • Joe Valdez
    Jul 23, 2014
    I've been pondering 2001: A Space Odyssey since I could tie my shoelaces. The divisive 1968 film version directed by Stanley Kubrick was the first movie to ever play in a household where my family had cable television--it was October 1979 and I was six years old. Up until then, the mov...
  • Leonard Gaya
    Dec 29, 2013
    This novel and the film stem from the same original project. Initially, Kubrick and Clarke have been working together on the same story, and while Stanley Kubrick went on to make what is now his masterpiece (and one of the most amazing films in the history of cinema), Arthur C. Clarke ...
  • Manuel Antão
    Jul 22, 2013
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL: ?2001: A Space Odyssey? by Arthur C. Clarke ?I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming. If you w...
  • Lisa
    Dec 29, 2016
    Without doubt this is a science fiction classic, and an early example of a novel and a movie that are born at the same time, adding detail and nuance to each other by the makers? consistent communication and reflection on the respective effects of different media on the end result. ...
  • Melody Sams
    Jan 04, 2018
    Like a lot of sci fi, the first half of the novel was a bit slow and hyper focused on a mysterious technology. It sets you up for curiosity. Which is great because if you love sci fi it?s probably because you like your mystery with a hint of tech. But then came the descriptions o...
  • Patrick
    May 10, 2018
    Story wise 2001 a Space Odyssey was great; however, when I read books that say aliens helped humans along then that?s where I draw the line. Aliens did not build the pyramids. I don?t care what anyone says. I like aliens, don?t get me wrong. I love Star Wars, Star Trek, Ender's...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    Sep 24, 2013
    ?They became farmers in the fields of stars; they sowed and sometimes they reaped. And sometimes, dispassionately, they had to weed.? Written a year before Neil Armstrong became first man to step on moon, the science fiction story is really well written. Clark mixes his specul...
  • Francesca Stubbs
    Jul 20, 2018
    An absolute must-read for science fiction fans! Arthur C. Clarke was certainly ahead of his time, considering that the book was published a year before we actually put men on the moon in 1969. I think that adds even more astonishment to his writing and his imagination. Reading t...
  • Bea
    Jun 14, 2019
    WOAH WOAH WOAH. I?m soooo watching the film tonight rtc. ...
  • Tara
    Dec 26, 2017
    ?He now perceived that there were more ways than one behind the back of space.? As a longtime admirer of Stanley Kubrick?s dazzling film, I was more than a little hesitant about picking up this book, apprehensive that it might not be able to live up to my perhaps overly demand...
  • Sr3yas
    Sep 11, 2017
    I remember watching 2001: A space Odyssey about seven years back and almost losing my mind during the overlong Stargate sequence and what followed after that acid trip. *The I might puke face* Fast forward to 2017, one of my buddies called me up and said, 'Sreyas, 2001: Space ...