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2001: A Space Odyssey | Study Guide

Arthur C. Clarke

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Arthur C. Clarke

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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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