Hard Cover. New York: The New American Library, 1968. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Based on a screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. First edition, first printing. Original publisher's black cloth-backed blue boards; original white dust jacket, lettered in black, with space illustration to front panel. About fine, with some slight fading to board edges and a few small spots to text, otherwise very clean; unclipped dust jacket with some very light soiling, light wear to spine ends, small chip to lower spine, upper spine lightly nicked. A very attractive copy. In 2001: A Space Odyssey, following the discovery of a mysterious monolith on the moon, a group of astronauts are sent on a voyage to Saturn. Ubiquitous throughout their spaceship is HAL 9000, an artificially intelligent computer, whose programmed instructions become dangerously at odds with the intentions of the spaceship's passengers. 2001 explores a variety of profound themes, including evolution, artificial intelligence, space travel, and the nature of the universe. The novel, contributed to by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, but with Clarke receiving sole author credit, was based on the screenplay for the enormously successful and groundbreaking film of the same title. The Academy Award-winning film, directed by Kubrick, had an incalculable impact on the science fiction genre, and has been cited by such major directors as Stephen Spielberg and Christopher Nolan as being extremely influential to their careers. This novel fleshes out the story conveyed in the film with greater detail, and provides answers to some of its more ambiguous themes, such as the significance of the monoliths.