2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, and written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. One subplot was a reworking of Clarke's earlier published piece of short fiction, "The Sentinel". The film follows a voyage to Jupiter with a sentient computer named Hal-9000, after the discovery that a mysterious black monolith affected human evolution. The film deals with the themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life. It is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of space flight, pioneering special effects, and ambiguous imagery. It uses sound and minimal dialogue in place of traditional narrative techniques, and the soundtrack consists of classical music. In 1991, it was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

A novel of the same title was released under Clarke's name only, about the same time as the film release. It follows the same storyline and main characters as the film, but some minor characters' names are changed, and Saturn takes the place of Jupiter. The novel and the film were written concurrently, rather than starting out in one medium and adapting to another.

2001: A Space Odyssey in "Before the Beginning"[]

The general public found the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey to be more exciting than time-viewer footage of the actual Big Bang, regardless of how old-fashioned the movie's special effects were.[1]

2001: A Space Odyssey in Earthgrip[]

When Jennifer Logan prepared to enter an ancient fortress built by a legendary lost race, she half-expected to be greeted with a psychedelic light-show like the one seen in the climax of 2001. Another, more niggling part of her, was fearful that her entry might have an effect like the non-sentient computer in another Arthur C. Clarke story, "The Nine Billion Names of God".[2]

2001: A Space Odyssey in Isaac's Universe[]

"Island of the Gods"[]

When the sailing vessel Hewnall arrived at the fabled island of "Laputa", Terry Fischer remarked on how little the ruins looked like the proverbial alien monolith. Chives the Robot responded by projecting a scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey, depicting Moonwatcher's tribe reacting with agitation to the mysterious apparition. In the real world, the Azusan rowers were similarly spooked and distracted by the impromptu slide show. Lorah the Crotonite was confused by what the picture's source was. His culture regarded all fiction as mere lies. Fischer explained the purpose of speculative fiction, wherein 20th-century authors imagined what Earth's first contact with alien life would be like. Lorah found it difficult to maintain interest at the moment, as their own reality was much more exciting and intriguing.[3]


While performing a computer maintenance scan on the Inside Straight, Rupert Smith wondered why the process was called a "Daisy" check. Had he watched 2001: A Space Odyssey, he would have known it refers to the iconic moment when the Hal-9000 computer's reboot speech includes a nursery rhyme which begins with the line "Daisy, Daisy".

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  1. Futureshocks, pg. 94.
  2. Story: "The Great Unknown." E.g., 3xT, pgs. 617-618, HC.
  3. Diplomacy Guild, pgs. 221-223.