2001: A Space Odyssey Summary
Early in its making, Clarke had said, "If this film can be completely understood, then we have failed," and his third law of science fiction states, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Yet the novel explains a good deal of the climactic transformation. The transcendence of the novel, much more than that of the film or of Childhood's End (1953), remains within an explicable science.
The themes of the novel share this ambivalence. Like the film the novel concerns aggression, but Moon-Watcher does not learn target practice, only to kill. Several times sighting involves either a telescope or a radio antenna; the monolith on the Moon is centered, both in Tycho and in its magnetic field.
Thus the novel suggests that aggression and communication function together, each incomplete without the other. Society arises from their fusion.
A major theme, therefore, as in Childhood's End and The...
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2001 Short Guide
Encyclopedia Articles (1)
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2001: a Space Odyssey
In 1964 film director Stanley Kubrick approached science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke seeking a plot for "the proverbial good
science fiction movie." They worked...
Stanley Kubrick Biographies (3)
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Although he first won acclaim for films he made during the 1950s such as Spartacus and Lolita, director Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) is best known for his later work, including Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A...
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In a career spanning nearly half a century, a director might be expected to create one or perhaps two memorable films. However, by the time of his death in 1999, screenwriter-director Stanley Kubrick ...
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Stanley Kubrick is an exceptional filmmaker whose control over his films is so complete that it extends from the supervision of every production detail to the planning of elaborate advertising and dis...
Essays & Analysis (10)
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Critical Essay by Stanley Kauffmann
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey took five years and $10 million to make, and it's easy to see where the time and the money have gone. It...
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Critical Essay by Tim Hunter, with Stephen Kaplan and Peter Jaszi
As a film about progress—physical, social, and technological—Stanley Kubrick's huge and provocative 2001: A Space...
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Critical Essay by Elie Flatto
Essentially, the space-odyssey described in 2001 represents, I believe, Man's eternal quest for spiritual meaning and self-renewal. Man, as such, seems to have com...
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In the following essay, Strick traces the origins and development of Kubrick's 2001.
In March 1964, Arthur C. Clarke was contacted at his home in Sri Lanka by Stanley Kubrick, who wanted to mak...
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In the following essay, Shelton maintains that Arthur C. Clarke's sequel to 2001—2010: Odyssey Two—is integral to understanding Kubrick's film as well as Peter Hyams'...
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In the following essay, DeBellis asserts that John Updike's references to 2001 in Rabbit Redux underlines the major thematic concerns in the novel.
“The power of the cinema, the awful po...
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In the following essay, Miller surveys the major themes of 2001.
2001: a Space Odyssey Synopsis
The prehistoric past. A small tribe of apemen lives on a rocky hillside, in constant terror of neighbour...
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In the following essay, Pielke surveys the defining characters of science fiction films by comparing the popular movies Star Wars and 2001.
Those with even the barest knowledge about the “movie...
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Space Odyssey 2001 fits the definition of an epic. An epic can be defined as "a long narrative in elevated style presenting characters of high position in adventures important to the history and ident...
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2001: A Space Odyssey is just that: a long wandering voyage of the body and mind. Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clark collaborated brilliantly. In examining both works, the film and the novel, there a...