2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke

2001: A Space Odyssey

By Arthur C. Clarke

  • Release Date: 2000-09-01
  • Genre: High Tech
Score: 4.5
From 81 Ratings


The classic science fiction novel that captures and expands on the vision of Stanley Kubrick’s immortal film—and changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves.

From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man ventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

This allegory about humanity’s exploration of the universe—and the universe’s reaction to humanity—is a hallmark achievement in storytelling that follows the crew of the spacecraft Discovery as they embark on a mission to Saturn. Their vessel is controlled by HAL 9000, an artificially intelligent supercomputer capable of the highest level of cognitive functioning that rivals—and perhaps threatens—the human mind.

Grappling with space exploration, the perils of technology, and the limits of human power, 2001: A Space Odyssey continues to be an enduring classic of cinematic scope.


  • Unbelievable

    By wunderknight
    But believe we must.
  • A Science Fiction Masterpiece

    By Dwardeng
    This book is based on Clarke's screenplay for Kubrick's excellent film. Much from the movie is explained here, but not so much that the wonder and mystery of the unknown is lost. A perfect balancing act by the author.
  • Timeless.

    By nomibird2006
    Timeless, not dated. I loved all that was in the book that was not in the movie. Moonwatcher was much more developed as was david bowman.