2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

By Arthur C. Clarke

The 12 months is 2001, and cosmonauts discover a mysterious monolith that has been buried at the Moon for no less than 3 million years. To their astonishment, the monolith releases an both mysterious pulse—a type of signal—in the course of Saturn after it truly is unearthed. no matter if alarm or communique, the human race needs to recognize what the sign is—and who it was once meant for.

The Discovery and its group, assisted through the hugely complicated HAL 9000 machine process, units out to enquire. yet because the workforce attracts in the direction of their rendezvous with a mysterious and historical alien civilization, they become aware of that the best risks they face come from in the spacecraft itself. HAL proves a deadly touring better half, and the staff needs to outwit him to survive.

This novel model of the well-known Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: an area Odyssey was once written through Clarke together with the movie’s creation. it really is intended to face as a spouse piece, and it deals a complementary narrative that’s loaded with compelling technology fiction principles.

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01 22 3/12/03 9:39 AM Page 22 NEAL STEPHENSON rectly at the flames. Looking off to the sides was more interesting anyway: the table-land was marked at wide intervals by the largest buildings he had ever seen, cracker-box structures built by Pharaohs, and in the mile-wide plazas between them, gnomons of triangulated steel were planted in wide stances: the internal skeletons of pyramids. The largest of these pierced the center of a perfectly circular railway line a few hundred feet in diameter: two argent curves scored on the dull ground, interrupted in one place where the tower’s shadow, a stopped sundial, told the time.

Steam murmured from valves on the tops of the tanks, but instead of rising into the air it dribbled down the sides and struck the ground and spread out, coating the sea-grass with jackets of silver. A thousand sailors in white were standing in a ring around the long flame. One of them held up his hand and waved Lawrence down. Lawrence came to a stop next to the sailor and planted one foot on the sand to steady himself. ”Then the sailor seemed to make up his mind about something. He saluted Lawrence through, and pointed him towards a small building off to the side of the fire.

Avi said. The number came through on Randy’s pager while he was sitting around a table in a grubhouse along the coast with his girlfriend’s crowd. A place where, every day, they laser-printed fresh menus on 100% recycled imitation parchment, where oscilloscope tracings of neon-colored sauces scribbled across the plates, and the entrees were towering, architectonic stacks of rare ingredients carved into gemlike prisms. Randy had spent the entire meal trying to resist the temptation to invite one of Charlene’s friends (any one of them, it didn’t matter) out on the sidewalk for a fistfight.

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