TCCDM Dig & Flip: "2001: A Space Odyssey" - Arthur C. Clarke (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey
by Arthur C. Clarke
(1968) Published - New American Library
Hardcover, 222 pages

I'm not a sci-fi reader of habit but I saw this early hardback with the attached sleeve in the used library bookstore for a dollar and picked it up.  I've watched the classic film at midnight-movie offerings a time or two and always had questions about it was cool to trip on the words for a change.  I'm glad I finally got around to turning pages.  The Arthur C. Clarke classic is short, reads easily, and is not a time-suck.  And having seen the movie first doesn't hurt the reading experience one bit.  

The world is a conflict of sterile, yet oddly warm, experiences and ultimately about exploration and pushing the limits of space travel.  The descriptive prose along the way on this space journey is often a breathtaking mind-blow.  And, as anyone who has seen the film already knows, A.I. has been foretold in these pages and is a scary conundrum of choices.  A few of the dangling questions from the film are partially filled in within these pages yet the bigger picture is left for each reader to decide "...which is right and which is an illusion."  Best of all, not everything in 2001: A Space Odyssey parallels the well-known film in paint-by-numbers fashion so enjoy the journey...and the trip.

"Also Sprach Zarathustra 2001" (Strausss) - Deodato (1973 - 45 single version)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers


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