2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

By Arthur C. Clarke

2001: an area Odyssey is the vintage technology fiction novel that modified the way in which we checked out the celebrities and ourselves....

2001: an area Odyssey encouraged what's maybe the best technology fiction movie ever made- brilliantly imagined via the overdue Stanley Kubrick....

2001 is ultimately here....

"Dazzling...wrenching, eerie, a mind-bender."-Time

"Full of poetry, medical mind's eye and customarily wry Clarke wit. by means of status the universe on its head, he makes us see the standard universe in a distinct light...a complicated allegory concerning the historical past of the world."-The New Yorker

"Brain-boggling." -Life

"Clark has built a good paintings of fiction...with the meticulous construction of an extraterrestrial environment...Mr. Clark is a master."--Library Journal

"Breathtaking."-Saturday Review

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Through the telescope, Jupiter was a glorious sight – a mottled, multicolored globe that seemed to fill the sky. It was impossible to grasp its real size; Bowman kept reminding himself that it was eleven times the diameter of Earth, but for a long time this was a statistic with no real meaning. Then, while he was briefing himself from the tapes in Hal's memory units, he found something that suddenly brought the appalling scale of the planet into focus. It was an illustration that showed the Earth's entire surface peeled off and then pegged, like the skin of an animal, on the disk of Jupiter.

The equatorial region of the pressure sphere – the slice, as it were, from Capricorn to Cancer – enclosed a slowly rotating drum, thirty-five feet in diameter. As it made one revolution every ten seconds, this carrousel or centrifuge produced an artificial gravity equal to that of the Moon. This was enough to prevent the physical atrophy which would result from the complete absence of weight, and it also allowed the routine functions of living to be carried out under normal – or nearly normal – conditions.

After lunch, from 1300 to 1600 Bowman would make a slow and careful tour of the ship – or such part of it as was accessible. Discovery measured almost four hundred feet from end to end, but the little universe occupied by her crew lay entirely inside the forty-foot sphere of the pressure hull. Here were all the life-support systems, and the Control Deck which was the operational heart of the ship. Below this was a small "space-garage" fitted with three airlocks, through which powered capsules, just large enough to hold a man, could sail out into the void if the need arose for extravehicular activity.

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