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2001: A Space Odyssey, by A.C. Clarke

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2001: A Space Odyssey, by A.C. Clarke

Postby Omphalos » Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:30 pm

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Postby Tleilax Master B » Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:06 pm

I really like this book. I actually saw the Kubrick film first (I'm a HUGE Kubrick fan), but was really pleased after reading the book. I think this one might go back in the "pile" pretty soon.
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Postby GamePlayer » Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:11 pm

A book store has a nice soft cover edition of 2001 for sale (and a hard cover edition of Ender's Game too). I can't wait until next pay day :)
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:12 pm

I really love the clarity of voice that Clarke told this story with. It was simple prose that packed a whallop, kind of like Octavia Bulter's language. Sometimes though I wonder though if I am oversimplifying Clarke's style because the movie is so dense.
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Postby SandChigger » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:52 pm

I forgot to mention last night in connection with your avatar that 2001 was on early last night and I watched it again since it had been several years.

Dense is one word for it. ;)
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Postby GamePlayer » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:56 pm

It's a brilliant film. I just recently watched it on DVD again; it's included in the new Stanley Kubrick collection that just came out last year.
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:08 pm

GamePlayer wrote:It's a brilliant film. I just recently watched it on DVD again; it's included in the new Stanley Kubrick collection that just came out last year.


What are the extras that are on that DVD? I have the version that was with the previous set. White background with the poster of the Pan Am craft leaving the space station. I LOVE that movie (just might watch it tonight).
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Postby GamePlayer » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:13 pm

Lots of good stuff, including a commentary track by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. It's a very good commentary. There are also a bunch of featurettes filled with good insight. And most impressive of all, there's a 40 minute long audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick.

It's a good and proper release, one that I've been waiting for a good long time :)
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:34 pm

IIRC there ain't dick extra on my version. I was pissed about that, even though I was glad to have the movie
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Postby SandChigger » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:19 pm

What struck me again watching it last evening was the brilliant way Kubrick filled in a lot of the silence with the music.

In space, no one can hear you scream. Really. Even BG is disappointing in that respect. :(
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:36 pm

SandChigger wrote:What struck me again watching it last evening was the brilliant way Kubrick filled in a lot of the silence with the music.

In space, no one can hear you scream. Really. Even BG is disappointing in that respect. :(


Firefly got that right too.
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Postby Skibum » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:06 pm

Have any of you read the entire series? 2010, 2061, and 3001 aren't great save for some very interesting descriptions of alien life on other planets. The Japanese (or was it Chinese?) scientist wandering the surface of Europa repeating his last message was amazing.
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:18 pm

I liked 2010 (and the movie), felt eh? about 2061, and 3001 is sitting in the pile. I was reading some blurbs about the books that Clarke is "writing" with Stephen Baxter, and in one of them the race that left the obelisk in the moon is at war with us. It sounded silly to even think that we would survive that war longer than it took them to get here, so I threw it down in disgust.
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Postby SandChigger » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:41 pm

Ah...I've only seen the last half or so of the Firefly movie. (What was it called again? Love the Asian influence, Hanzi/Kanji all over the place! :D)

I've read 2010 and 3001. (Liked the movie version of the first well enough.)

The war with the aliens thingy figures in the latter. But yeah, fighting with a race at least a million years ahead of us seems a bit silly. I mean, they'd squash the Vorlons even. ;)


(Oh yeah, I've just put a 2001-inspired minimalist fanfic—just a conversation, really—up on Hoary Tales. ;) )
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Postby GamePlayer » Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:17 pm

SandChigger wrote:Ah...I've only seen the last half or so of the Firefly movie. (What was it called again? Love the Asian influence, Hanzi/Kanji all over the place! :D)


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Postby Robspierre » Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:55 am

SandChigger wrote:I forgot to mention last night in connection with your avatar that 2001 was on early last night and I watched it again since it had been several years.

Dense is one word for it. ;)


Not with the right drugs :wink:


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Postby SandChigger » Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:01 pm

GamePlayer wrote:Serenity

Mercy, beau coo!
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Postby GamePlayer » Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:09 pm

enchanté :P :lol:
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Postby Freakzilla » Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:04 pm

I made it part way through 3001 and lost interest. I thought 2010 was good, I really liked the movie (2010) maybe better than the book.

2001 was one of the first SF books I read and it was impressive. I saw the movie before I read the book and beyond some nice visuals I didn't see what all the excitement was about. Since reading the book I've enjoyed it a lot more.
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Postby Rakis » Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:42 pm

Just finished reading 2001 and 2010...the end of 2001 was a big surprised compared to the end of the movie, but i really enjoyed it...can't help but think that KJA took his inspiration about the Titans-with-brains-in-a-ship from 2001 when Clarke talks about Aliens becoming Starship-Machine-entities.... :roll:
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Postby inhuien » Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:57 am

I coulda swore I left a comment here, did you post this review notice at that other site?

Nice review :)
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Postby A Thing of Eternity » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:34 am

Rakis wrote:Just finished reading 2001 and 2010...the end of 2001 was a big surprised compared to the end of the movie, but i really enjoyed it...can't help but think that KJA took his inspiration about the Titans-with-brains-in-a-ship from 2001 when Clarke talks about Aliens becoming Starship-Machine-entities.... :roll:


Or from D:V
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Postby Rakis » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:57 pm

A Thing of Eternity wrote:
Rakis wrote:Just finished reading 2001 and 2010...the end of 2001 was a big surprised compared to the end of the movie, but i really enjoyed it...can't help but think that KJA took his inspiration about the Titans-with-brains-in-a-ship from 2001 when Clarke talks about Aliens becoming Starship-Machine-entities.... :roll:


Or from D:V


Huh?

Destination Void? haven't read it yet...
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Postby A Thing of Eternity » Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:44 pm

Rakis wrote:
A Thing of Eternity wrote:
Rakis wrote:Just finished reading 2001 and 2010...the end of 2001 was a big surprised compared to the end of the movie, but i really enjoyed it...can't help but think that KJA took his inspiration about the Titans-with-brains-in-a-ship from 2001 when Clarke talks about Aliens becoming Starship-Machine-entities.... :roll:


Or from D:V


Huh?

Destination Void? haven't read it yet...


Read it. It has brains in jars. Good stuff. Then read the rest of the series. :D
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Postby orald » Sat Jun 28, 2008 1:48 pm

A Thing of Eternity wrote:can't help but think that KJA took his inspiration about the Titans-with-brains-in-a-ship from 2001 when Clarke talks about Aliens becoming Starship-Machine-entities.... :roll:

No, he took it from here.

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Postby A Thing of Eternity » Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:03 pm

orald wrote:
A Thing of Eternity wrote:can't help but think that KJA took his inspiration about the Titans-with-brains-in-a-ship from 2001 when Clarke talks about Aliens becoming Starship-Machine-entities.... :roll:

No, he took it from here.

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I didn't say that, Rakis said that!
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Postby Rakis » Sat Jun 28, 2008 9:33 pm

A Thing of Eternity wrote:
orald wrote:
A Thing of Eternity wrote:can't help but think that KJA took his inspiration about the Titans-with-brains-in-a-ship from 2001 when Clarke talks about Aliens becoming Starship-Machine-entities.... :roll:

No, he took it from here.

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I didn't say that, Rakis said that!


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Postby orald » Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:26 am

I blame to quote-in-quote option! :o
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Postby Rakis » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:10 pm

I blame YOU !!! :twisted:
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Postby Phaedrus » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:32 pm

That's what SHE said!

Ah ha ha ha ha.
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Postby orald » Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:48 am

Phaedrus wrote:That's what SHE said!

Ah ha ha ha ha.

Huh? :?


And it should read "I blame the quote-in-quote option."
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Postby Phaedrus » Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:57 am

I honestly couldn't tell you what I meant with that last post.

It was funny at the time... :?
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