Getting to know Authur C. Clark and the Space Odyssey series

Authur C. Clark is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey which is widely considered to be one of the most influential films of all time. Authur C. Clark, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov were once known as the “Big Three” of science fiction..

Below is our recap of Arthur C. Clarke
and the Space Odyssey series:

Arthur C. Clarke was a science writer whose avid interest in space travel eventually earned him the name “Prophet of the Space Age”.sample“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
― Arthur C. Clarke

A brief synopsis of 2001: A Space Odyssey:

9780451457998_2The novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ by Arthur C. Clarke was published after the release of the film. The most famous character in the novel is the artificially intelligent HAL 9000 computer. HAL is responsible for maintaining a spaceship that is on its way to Saturn. On the spaceship is 5 human beings; 2 of them are conscious while the other 3 are in a deep sleep to be awakened when the ship approaches Saturn. During the trip, HAL tells one of the crew members that the communication unit to Earth is malfunctioning. When the crew members finds out that nothing is wrong with the communication unit, they began to become suspicious of HAL for not admitting his mistake. HAL begins to disobey orders and his actions lead the death of one of the crew member. The crew members soon learn that their mission is not what they thought it was and as a result, experience a journey unlike any other.

 Were you paying attention to the synopsis?

planet-581239_640In ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ by Arthur C. Clarke, what celestial body is Dr. Bowman told to investigate?

A. Jupiter
B. The moon
C. Saturn
D. A black hole

The correct answer was C. Saturn

Reflections from Arthur C. Clarke:

arthur-c-clarke“I used to believe that the human race had a 51 per cent chance of survival. Since the end of the Cold War, I have revised this estimate to between 60 and 70 per cent. I have great faith in optimism as a philosophy, if only because it offers us the opportunity of self-fulfilling prophecy.

The Information Age offers much to mankind, and I would like to think that we will rise to the challenges it presents. But it is vital to remember that information – in the sense of raw data – is not knowledge; that knowledge is not wisdom; and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these.”

Despite initially receiving mixed reactions from critics and audiences, 2001: A Space Odyssey became the highest-grossing North American film of 1968. In the novel, the spacecraft destination is Saturn. In the film, however, the final destination is Jupiter rather than Saturn. Saturn was discarded when the special effects team could not develop a convincing rendition of Saturn’s rings.

There are four books in the Space Odyssey series by Arthur C. Clarke: 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: Odyssey Two, 2061: Odyssey Three and 3001: The Final Odyssey. The first two were made into films.odyssey

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