Arthur C. Clarke

“The iconic science fiction book that transformed how we view the universe and ourselves by capturing and extending Stanley Kubrick’s vision in his famous film.

2001: A Space Odyssey is a voyage unlike any other, taking the reader from the African savannas at the start of humanity to the rings of Saturn as a man travels to the farthest reaches of our solar system.

This landmark effort in storytelling follows the crew of the spaceship Discovery as they set off on a voyage to Saturn in this metaphor about humanity’s study of the cosmos and how the cosmos responds to humans. HAL 9000, a supercomputer created artificially with the maximum level of intelligence that can rival—and maybe endanger—the human mind, is in charge of steering their ship.

2001: A Space Odyssey, which deals with space travel, technological dangers, and the limits of human might, is still regarded as a timeless masterpiece of cinematic breadth.”