ARTHUR C. CLARKE
Arthur C. Clarke
2001: A Space Odyssey Signed Easton Press Edition - 1986
2001: A Space Odyssey. Special leather-bound "Masterpieces of Science Fiction" Edition published by Easton Press in 1986. Photo Bookplate of Sir Arthur on half-title page, signed "Arthur C. Clarke". As New, unread, tight condition. Accompanied by a facsimile of his annual EgoGram 2003/2004, and letter of provenance dated 2003 from Clarke's secretary, establishing direct receipt from the author's home in Sri Lanka.
ARTHUR C. CLARKE (1917-2008). Sir Arthur C. Clarke has over twenty million copies of his books in print, including three million of 2001, and has won every imaginable science fiction award, including the Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement in 1986. A former radar officer for the RAF, he invented the Communication Satellite, garnering him a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1998 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for Services to Literature.
About 2001: A Space Odyssey
When an enigmatic monolith is found buried on the moon, scientists are amazed to discover that it's at least 3 million years old. Even more amazing, after it's unearthed the artifact releases a powerful signal aimed at Saturn. What sort of alarm has been triggered? To find out, a manned spacecraft, the Discovery, is sent to investigate. Its crew is highly trained--the best--and they are assisted by a self-aware computer, the ultra-capable HAL 9000. But HAL's programming has been patterned after the human mind a little too well. He is capable of guilt, neurosis, even murder, and he controls every single one of Discovery's components. The crew must overthrow this digital psychotic if they hope to make their rendezvous with the entities that are responsible not just for the monolith, but maybe even for human civilization.
Clarke wrote this novel while Stanley Kubrick created the film, the two collaborating on both projects. The novel is much more detailed and intimate, and definitely easier to comprehend. Even though history has disproved its "predictions," it's still loaded with exciting and awe-inspiring science fiction.
"Dazzling...wrenching, eerie, a mind-bender." — Time
"Full of poetry, scientific imagination and typically wry Clarke wit. By standing the universe on its head, he makes us see the ordinary universe in a different light...a complex allegory about the history of the world." — The New Yorker
"Brain-boggling." — Life
"Clark has constructed an effective work of fiction...with the meticulous creation of an extraterrestrial environment...Mr. Clark is a master." — Library Journal
"Breathtaking." — Saturday Review
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