A space odyssey, which extended into a series of four. I still found time to read, but other books, and not that one. I was asked by a friend why had i never read the iconic scifi book, 2001space odyssey. When writing the earlier posting on the movie, 2001. A space odyssey has finally been explained by the 1968 scifi movies director, stanley kubrick, himself.
On this now outofprint record, clarke reads the final chapters of 2001 with the accompaniment of that most recognizable piece from the film score, all packaged in a sleeve featuring an image of keir dullea. Made before the days of digital scifi effects, 2001 was nothing if not a labor of love. One of his short stories inspired the world wide web, while another was expanded into 2001. Much room was left to imagine the future of the space program.
I always found this a pretty disappointing end to the film because it seemed to make no sense. The odyssey is a long greek poem by homer about a dude named odysseus who goes on a long voyage. I had wanted to read it for a long time, and kept trying to find time, but. Two of the novels have been made into feature films, released in 1968 and 1984 respectively. A space odyssey for the first time, and although the ending sequence was really cool, i didnt quite understand what was going on. Sep 20, 2016 our cinefix series, whats the difference, rounded up the differences between the 2001. A space odyssey, i came across several interpretations of the cryptic ending that consists of only images with no explanatory dialog.
Clarkes first book was prelude to space in 1951, but he is best known for his book 2001. The ending is largely symbolic, and reading the book helps with its interpretation. Today, were analyzing the themes and motifs, and talk about what actually happened. Bowman enters by briefly exposing himself to the vacuum of space while entering the airlock. All the parts of the movie that are vague and unintelligible, especially the beginning and the end, become clear and convincing in the book.
What on earth did the end of 2001 a space odyssey mean. A space odyssey ksa ma architectural visualisation. A space odyssey spoilers i just finished watching 2001. It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic sciencefiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. After seeing space odyssey, i read arthur clarkes book. Clarke studied at kings college in london, and worked in scientific research before turning his attention to writing fiction. Set of 4 space odyssey books 2001 a space odyssey, 2010 odyssey two, 2061 odyssey three, 3001 the final odyssey clarke, arthur c. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Dec 07, 2015 stanley kubricks 1968 science fiction opus 2001 a space odyssey is an adaptation of arthur c clarkes book of the same name. A space odyssey from ultimately becoming one of the most revered films of the 20th century. A space odyssey has fascinated audiences for years. A space odyssey for the first time, and although the ending sequence was really cool, i didnt quite understand what was going. In the end, mariners pictures showed a harsh, cratered, moonlike.
The two soon met at trader vics in new york and started hashing out a story that became 2001. Among his bestselling novels are childhoods end, 2001. I was asked by a friend why had i never read the iconic scifi book, 2001 space odyssey. Which is, ultimately, never true of a film that costs that much money laid out by a major studio mgm, in this. They were written and made concurrently, so its not an adaptation of the source. Yet the film retains core features in the book of the trip sequence, bedroom suite and star child.
A space odyssey is a 1968 science fiction novel by british writer arthur c. An imposing black structure provides a connection between both the past and the future, and a group of astronauts are sent to investigate the signals sent by it. Clarke 19172008 was one of the supreme science fiction writers of the century and achieved vast popularity with 2001. It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic sciencefiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars. Just watched it again, first time i was very young and dont really remember anything other than the pretty pictures and the apes. Stanley kubricks 1968 science fiction opus 2001 a space odyssey is an adaptation of arthur c clarkes book of the same name. Set of 4 space odyssey books 2001 a space odyssey, 2010.
It depicts the differences between the written work and the movie production, and analyzes possible alternate meanings to. Id like to hear some interpretations from others and see if i cant grasp what kubrick was going for. Just finished reading the book, 2001 space odyssey. Although kubricks movie is a masterpiece for several reasons, i was. The monolith is somekind of step to a higher evolution level made by aliens. The book shows one such monolith appearing in prehistoric africa. Summary of 2001 a space odyssey and personal response essay. A space odyssey was a collaborative effort of science fiction writer arthur c. In 1945, he proposed global broadcasting via communication satellites in geostationary orbit. A space odyssey, unusual and refreshingly different. A space odyssey, alien and her so dont be surprised to see those pop up in my writing from time to time. So, the answer is they worked out the ending together.
A space odyssey wasnt so much a movie based upon a book as much as it was a collaboration between kubrick and clarke. The space exploration programs in the united states and the soviet union were only in the early stages. Actors, dancers, and mimes were hired to wear meticulously constructed ape suits. A giant monolith appeared on earth one day and began to experiment with many of them, probing and developing their minds. A space odyssey returned to theaters earlier this summer and toured the country with an unrestored 70mm print. Set piece for director stanley kubrick, four million years since the dawn of man sequence, astronauts on the surface of the moon investigate a. A space odyssey 1968, stanley kubrick himself said, its not a message that i ever intend to convey in words. From the savannas of africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001. Clarke 19172008 wrote a hundred books and more than a thousand short stories and essays covering science fiction and science fact in a career spanning more than six decades. A space odyssey symbolically describes the story of mankinds life. The monoliths first appearance on earth appears in ancient africa four million years ago where it helps a group. This site is dedicated to the science fiction work 2001.
Although kubricks movie is a masterpiece for several reasons, i was never able to understand what exactly was happening, especially towards the end, without reading the clarke novel. The one based on the book goes like this the black monolith you saw in the beginning of the film, and the one found buried on the moon, were placed there by a supremely advanced alien race as a way to nudge along the evolution of humanity. I had wanted to read it for a long time, and kept trying to find time, but things got in the way. As we see in the beginning of the movie a bunch of apes the early men come across the monolith and they have no idea what it is.
Clarke has many degrees that allow him to give depth to the plot. A space odysseys ending is famous among strange film endings, and when you consider that the competition includes magnolia, mulholland drive, and rockadoodle, thats. He is brought to what appears a pleasant hotel suite. Its interesting to note then, when asked about his film, 2001.
A space odyssey is the sort of movie that frequently gets called difficult. Set piece for director stanley kubrick, four million years since the dawn of man sequence, astronauts on the surface of the moon investigate a mysterious monolith identical to the ones the apes saw, in 2001. I always found this a pretty disappointing end to the. Bowman dons a spacesuit, disconnects hal, establishes contact with earth and learns that learns that his mission is to explore iapetus to contact the society that buried the monolith on the moon. Finally, i put it on my ereader and began the journey. All right, now that ive explained the monolith and what its purpose serves i can explain the ending in detail. The space odyssey series is a series of science fiction novels by the writer arthur c. Clarkes 2001 to stanley kubricks 2001, even though kubricks movie broke more ground than clarkes novel.
Our cinefix series, whats the difference, rounded up the differences between the 2001. As a fan of stanley kubrick and cinema in general, i find that the cinematography of 2001. A space odyssey is one of my favorite films and my favorite scifi of all time, i ve committed far too many hours of my. Kubrick liked to work from books, and since a suitable one did not yet exist they.
Clarke has also written a lot of books, like the space odyssey series, childhoods end, and many more. A space odyssey s ending is famous among strange film endings, and when you consider that the competition includes magnolia, mulholland drive, and rock a doodle, thats sayin something. The manapes of the world, who lived by gathering berries and nuts, were facing a lack of food. The books in the suite had recognizable titles, but were empty inside.
Unfollow 2001 a space odyssey book to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. Great location as on top of sants main rail station with good metro and rail connections enabling ease of getting about. The ape men use their tools to kill animals and eat meat, ending their starvation. Personally found it to be an excellent hotel with a very high standard of accomodation constructed in the theme of space 2001. A space probe with a landing and exploration of the moon and mars. Well explore the events in the book, discuss and analyze its main themes, and finish with a short quiz. What do you think about the cinematography in 2001. Clarke and kubrick worked on the book together, but eventually only clarke ended up as the official author.
Sep 05, 2008 what on earth did the end of 2001 a space odyssey mean. Mar 10, 2012 working on sound design for this scene. A space odyssey has finally been explained by the 1968 scifi movies director, stanley. Clarke wrote the film script, which was an expanded version of a short. A space odyssey is a true classic in how films look on the screen and the artistic sensibility behind it. A space odyssey is a series of vignettes about an ancient and unknown race of aliens that use a device in the shape of a monolith to encourage the development of intelligent life. It has been forty years since the publication of this classic science fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. And, nobody said the same movie cant come up more than once. Which is, ultimately, never true of a film that costs that much money laid out by a major studio mgm, in this case, though ill concede that if by difficult one means the ending is a deliberately obscurantist explosion of borderline.
Unfollow 2001 a space odyssey book to stop getting updates on your ebay. The one based on the book goes like this the black monolith you saw in the beginning of the. I found the book gripping and intellectually satisfying, full of the tension and clarity which the movie lacks. Bowman ends up in a room somewhere in one universe or another, and we have no idea where. So whats up with the title is that clarke is saying, that old greek dude went on a long voyage and had adventures way back when, and so heres a story about the future of 2001, when some other dude is going to go on an awesome voyage also. In a newly unearthed interview, the ending of 2001. Stanley kubrick is an enigmatic director who put a lot of layers into all his work. This instalment is in two parts and is slightly different. A space odyssey was written, mankind had not yet set foot on the moon. Sir arthur charles clarke is considered one of the big three founders of the genre of science fiction. It was developed concurrently with stanley kubricks film version and published after the release of the film. A space odyssey movie features bizarre colours and the main character appearing in a bed, then becoming an old man and finally a fetus. A space odyssey is based on the final version of the script for the 1968 motion picture, but, even so, in some regards they differ due to late changes made by director stanley. A space odyssey, this amazing book was written by arthur c.1147 1368 903 970 1281 865 1564 1182 686 1104 171 85 405 105 204 1545 901 545 699 526 514 268 910 378 922 1022 384 1296 1307 1159 1063 1458 1312 1468 1219 1310 660 1636 397 840 896 1291 1454 189 1212 835 81 170