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When an enigmatic monolith is found buried on the moon, scientists are amazed to discover that it's at least 3 million years old. Even more amazing, after it's unearthed the artifact releases a powerful signal aimed at Saturn. What sort of alarm has been triggered? To find out, a manned spacecraft, the Discovery, is sent to investigate. Its crew is highly trained--the best--and they are assisted by a self-aware computer, the ultra-capable HAL 9000. But HAL's programming has been patterned after the human mind a little too well. He is capable of guilt, neurosis, even murder, and he controls every single one of Discovery's components. The crew must overthrow this digital psychotic if they hope to make their rendezvous with the entities that are responsible not just for the monolith, but maybe even for human civilization.
Clarke wrote this novel while Stanley Kubrick created the film, the two collaborating on both projects. The novel is much more detailed and intimate, and definitely easier to comprehend. Even though history has disproved its "predictions," it's still loaded with exciting and awe-inspiring science fiction. --Brooks Peck --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The 1968 book and film that took more people tripping than LSD turns 25. This anniversary edition contains a new introduction by Clarke in which he reminisces about the story's origin. Note that an anniversary video/laserdisc also is being released.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Decent book. Didn't feel as utterly mind breaking as the film, but filled in some gaps the film had.Published 8 months ago by Kevan
Arthur C. Clarke ...no need to say more. Favorite SF writer.Published 9 months ago by Reader Rabbit
After I'd read the book I was researching it was discovered that is was written while the film was being filmed and was worked on by both Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dexter
I enjoyed the beginning but as the book went on it got dull. Concepts were abstract and just kind of weird.Published 21 months ago by kea
And this is probably is best known and most popular book. It reads like the classic "thinking mans" sc-fi that it is. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2013 by Amazon Customer
I've read this book, at least 10 times, since I was a kid. By far my favorite. Arthur C. Clarke was in a class of one!Published on July 23 2013 by Wade R Church
There's a great forward in this book - Arthur C. Clarke explaining how Stanley Kubrick's movie and his book were done almost simultaneously. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2012 by Glenn