2001 a Space Odyssey

2001 a Space Odyssey : 25th Anniversary Edition

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The classic science fiction novel that changed the way we looked at the stars....and ourselves.You are invited aboard the spacecraft Discovery on a voyage to the outer edge of the solar system. Within are two increasingly frightened navigators, three frozen hibernauts, and a computer named Hal....
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 137.92 x 209.8 x 14.22mm | 226.8g
  • Signet
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • Annual
  • 0451452739
  • 9780451452733
  • 110,879

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Written when landing on the moon was still a dream, made into one of the most influential films...
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"Dazzling...wrenching...a mind bender."--Time "Brain-boggling."--Life

"Full of poetry, scientific imagination, and typical wry Clarke wit. By standing the universe on its head, he makes us see the ordinary universe in a different light...[This novel becomes] a complex allegory about the history of the world."--The New Yorker

"Clarke has constructed an effective work of fiction...with the meticulous creation of an extraterrestrial environment, the sort of extrapolation of which Mr. Clarke is a master."--Library Journal

"Breathtaking."--Saturday Review
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About Arthur C Clarke

Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) wrote a hundred books and more than a thousand short stories and essays covering science fiction and science fact in a career spanning more than six decades. Among his bestselling novels are Childhood's End, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Rendezvous with Rama. In 1945, he proposed global broadcasting via communication satellites in geostationary orbit. One of his short stories inspired the World Wide Web, while another was expanded into 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he cowrote with Stanley Kubrick.

Born in Somerset, England, Clarke was educated at King's College, London. He worked in the British civil service and the Royal Air Force before turning full-time author in 1950. The recipient of dozens of awards, fellowships, and honorary doctorates, Clarke had both an asteroid and dinosaur species named after him. Queen Elizabeth II gave him a knighthood in 1998.

Clarke lived in Sri Lanka since 1956, engaged in diving, astronomical observations, and underwater tourism.
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