2001: A Space Odyssey | Study Guide

Arthur C. Clarke

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2001-a-space-odyssey-arthur-c-clarkeThemesViolenceFrom the first murder to nuclear warfare, violence seems to be an inseparable part of humanity.CuriosityThe search for new knowledge is an integral part of what it means to be human.HumanityThe defining characteristics of humanity are questioned by exploring human evolution and contrasting humans to aliens and artificial intelligence.Narrator, Chapter 6he toolmakers had been remade by their own tools. Year Stanley Kubrick proposed the collaboration with Clarke that became 2001: A Space Odyssey19642001: A SpaceOdysseyby the NumbersAverage miles from Earth to Saturn when the two are at their closest point746MMinutes in the first part of the film version with no dialogue 25Year Clarke released a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, called 2010: Odyssey Two 1982Born in England, Clarke served as a radio technician during WWII and consulted U.S. engineers on designing spacecraft during the Cold War. His expertise and science fiction stories led to the collaboration with filmmaker Stanley Kubrick that became the film and novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.ARTHUR C. CLARKE19172008Author2001: A Space Odyssey journeys through the expanse of space and time as it asks a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human? Following humankind from its prehistoric roots to one mans transformation into an immortal superbeing, the novel explores humanitys beginnings and its possible future.An Odyssey through Space and TimeSYMBOLSHAL 9000Symbolizes humanitys strengths and weaknesses: intellectual capacity and emotional frailty MonolithsRepresent the unknowable mysteries of the universe BabyEmbodies David Bowmans evolution from mortal to immortal MoonSymbolizes human curiosity about space and the pursuit of knowledgeSources: The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Nature.com Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Main CharactersAliensCreators of the monoliths; evolve humankindDr. David BowmanAstronaut on Discoverys Saturn missionHALSelf-aware computer system for DiscoveryMoon-WatcherPrehistoric human ancestorDr. Heywood FloydHead of the National Council of Astronautics2001: A Space OdysseyNovelEnglishOriginal Language1968Year PublishedArthur C. ClarkeAuthorScience Fiction

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