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2001: A Space Odyssey

Arthur C. Clarke

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Author: Arthur C. Clarke

Year Published: 1968

Type: Novel

Genre: Science Fiction

Perspective and Narrator:

The events of 2001: A Space Odyssey are narrated from a third-person omniscient point of view. This all-revealing narrator sacrifices potential mystery and suspense within the plot to bring the reader into his sense of omniscience.


2001: A Space Odyssey is written in the past tense.

About the Title:

The title refers to the year in which the main action of the novel—Discovery's mission—is mostly set. It also suggests a voyage filled with strange adventures in a literary allusion to Homer's The Odyssey, the story of a hero who travels to far-off and fantastical lands.


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