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Questions tagged [2001-a-space-odyssey]

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, and co-written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. The story deals with a series of encounters between humans and mysterious black monoliths that are apparently affecting human destiny, and a space voyage to Jupiter tracing a signal emitted by one such monolith found on the moon.

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2001: A Space Odyssey's use of the song “Daisy Bell” (Bicycle Built for Two); life imitates art or vice-versa?

In Kubrick's movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey (IMDb), the computer HAL is heard to sing the song "Daisy Bell" (aka "A Bicycle Built for Two") as David Bowman is disconnecting HALs higher memory functions. ...
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2001: Space Odyssey, Deliberate “film reel skip” after Dave has pushed the glass from the table?

Rob Ager cites an e-mail in his written analysis of 2001. The e-mail states that in the 90s the original film had been released in Hollywood theatres for a short time. In this release you'd see a ...
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Why was 'Space Station V' in Low Earth Orbit?

Was it ever explained why Space Station V, used as a transfer point from Earth orbit to the moon and other planets, was in a low Earth orbit rather than a higher orbit, which would have been more ...
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With Discovery moving at an insane speed, how could Bowman catch up with Discovery after rescueing Poole?

If 2001: A Space Odyssey followed real world technology, as it said it did, it seems to me that it would be impossible for Bowman and the EVA pod with Frank Poole in tow to make it back to the ...
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Why didn't HAL use the pod to kill Bowman too?

In "2001: A Space Odyssey" movie, HAL kills Poole using the pod he used, why didn't it kill Bowman using the pod too? Was HAL too sure that Bowman couldn't make it without the helmet? What Bowman ...
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What was the first work to use the term “star gate”?

I was reading Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey and was surprised to come across this passage: Call it the Star Gate. For three million years, it had circled Saturn, wating for a moment of ...
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Why is the destination of the Discovery in 2001: A Space Odyssey Saturn in the book and Jupiter in the movie?

So, in the book in 2001, it says the monolith is around Saturn, and in the movie, it says it's around Jupiter. Also, in 2010, they both agree that it's around Jupiter. Why is that?
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What caused HAL 9000 to go mad?

Was it the monolith trying to stop humans from further exploring space or was HAL really malfunctioning?
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What happened to the prop ships and monoliths used in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Inspired by this question, I'm intrigued to learn what happened to the amazing props that were used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Did they survive and where can I see them?
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Was HAL correct?

In an exchange between astronaut Dave Bowman and the HAL 9000 computer aboard the Discovery in 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL asserts that he cannot allow Dave Bowman to deactivate him because doing so ...
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What is the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey about?

The end of 2001: A Space Odyssey movie features bizarre colours and the main character appearing in a bed, then becoming an old man and finally a fetus! I always found this a pretty disappointing end ...
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What do the Russian scientists say in this scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey?

29 minutes into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, there is a scene where some Russian scientists are speaking to each other in Russian. The subtitles on the DVD don't show what they're saying. ...
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Why is the Discovery spinning end-over-end in 2010?

In 2010: Odyssey Two, the Russian spacecraft Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov finds the derelict spacecraft Discovery rotating around its pitch axis (end-over-end). In the book, I believe this is explained as ...
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Is it possible for a human (or computer) to read lips as accuratley as HAL in 2001 A Space Odyssey? [closed]

In 2001: A Space Odyssey, there is a scene where two astronauts go into a soundproof space capsule so the computer system HAL cannot hear them. It is shown that HAL is listening to them by watching ...
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Why did Stanley Kubrick include these scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

2001: A Space Odyssey has several scenes showing a character doing mundane activities. A flight attendant walks down an aisle to retrieve a floating pen. Heywood Floyd is reading the instructions for ...
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Why do the pods have explosive bolts in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

A random thought just occurred to me: in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the pods have prominent "caution: explosive bolts" signs on the back, and My question is, what is the in-universe purpose of this ...
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Did HAL 9000 lie about the impending failure of the AE-35 unit, or was he simply mistaken?

This question is primarily about the movie, "2001: A Space Odyssey". This answer to the question What caused HAL 9000 to go mad? quotes Wikipedia, stating that HAL was placed under conflicting orders ...
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2001: Confused benefit of monoliths to aliens [duplicate]

I just saw 2001: A Space Odyssey for the 3rd time, but this time in 70mm — amazing. Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about the film and the role the monoliths played throughout it. I understand that ...
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Shadows on 2001 Poster Error?

I've had this poster on my wall for years. Today I noticed that the shadows on the lower ring of the space station don't seem to be consistent with the shadow on the Moon. The shadow at the base of ...
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What did the black monoliths do in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

What were the black monoliths? My initial thoughts were that they came from a more advanced species in order to assist man with advancement, shortly after it came to the primates, they discovered they ...
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How Long Did the Monolith Remain on Earth?

In 2001: A Space Odyssey, how long did the monolith remain on Earth? Did it just influence the one primate and move on to see what happened, or did it stay around and do more over time? Or did it ...
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Wouldn't the 2001 Monolith know/suspect that teaching apes how to use tools would lead to war?

The movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey shows a Monolith uplifting apes by teaching them to use bones as tools. One tribe of apes use the tools as clubs to kill another tribe to gain access to a watering ...
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2001: A Space Odyssey book physics

There's a passage in 2001 that struck me as wrong. They're describing the spinning of the carrousel in Discovery and there's the following quote. The problem of shaving was also solved; there would ...
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Why is there gravity in the pod bay on Discovery One in 2001 and 2010 movies?

In both movies, 2001 and 2010, we see people walking in the pod hangar bay aboard the Discovery One. The only part of the ship that has artificial gravity is the centrifuge wheel, so how can people ...
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2001 (film) lip-reading scene: why does Bowman tell HAL to rotate the pod?

After having HAL open the pod door (in the rear of the pod, facing HAL's eye) and then entering the pod with Poole, Bowman tells HAL to rotate the pod, which of course makes him and Poole visible to ...
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What, exactly, did the 2nd monolith do?

The first monolith appears on Earth some 50,000 years ago... Or so we are led to believe as humans are still ape like creatures and we see that one is killed by a saber tooth tiger. The monolith ...
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What are Bowman and Poole saying when HAL reads their lips?

When astronauts Bowman and Poole realize that HAL has made a mistake they go to a capsule to discuss their thoughts in private. They turn off comms with the ship and test that HAL doesn't follow their ...
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What happens to Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

I'm watching 2001: A Space Odyssey, and I'm confused about what physically happened I understand that It seemed the pod was very far away from Poole when all this happened, so I don't understand how ...
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What kind of star does Jupiter become?

In 2010: Odyssey Two Jupiter is turned into a star, but what kind of star is it turning into?
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Was Heart of Gold designed after Aries 1B or USS Discovery?

In the 2005 version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Heart of Gold appears thus: In Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, there are two ships with similarly round designs and thin ...
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Would HAL have been okay for the rest of the mission?

After Bowman re-enters the ship after HAL refuses to open the pod doors, HAL realizes that Dave is going to disconnect him. HAL keeps saying something to the effect of, "I'm quite certain that I'll ...
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How likely that Frank Poole could be revived after 1000 years in space [closed]

How likely is it both scientifically and medically that Frank Poole could have been found in space and revived as in 3001: The Final Odyssey, 1000 years after Hal jettisoned his body from the ...
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Did Stephen Baxter or Arthur C. Clarke's estate ever comment on continuing “A Time Odyssey”?

2007 book "Firstborn", the third and last book of "A Time Odyssey" trilogy by Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clarke - an "orthoquel" to "2001: A Space Odyssey" - ends with a cliffhanger which obviously ...
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Why the inconsistency between 2001 and 2010, the two odysseys of Clarke? [duplicate]

I started to read 2010 and I don't understand why some of the facts of 2001 are different from what the characters say in 2010. For example: The most obvious one, Discovery One travels to Saturn in ...
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Why did HAL's voice slow down when he was disconnected?

Is there a good mechanical or electronic reason for HAL's voice to slow down, record-on-a-turntable-style, as he's disconnected? It's aesthetically effective, and I'm happy to grant artistic licence, ...
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Walking in space shuttle in 2001: A Space Odyssey

There is a scene in the movie where we can see the lead actor running/jogging in the space shuttle bound to Jupiter and there is a scene in the beginning where an air hostess uses velcro kind of shoes ...
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What would HAL have done if Dave didn't forget his space helmet? [closed]

I've heard that some people assume HAL starting killing in self-defense once it was revealed that he was making mistakes (the misdiagnosis of the AE-35 unit). However, I think he made the mistakes ...
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What questions does “2001: A Space Odyssey” the book answer?

I love the film but still haven't read the book. They say it answers all the questions we ask while watching the film (and can't be answered without reading the book).
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Is the Star Child the size of Earth, and how can he come back to Earth?

In 2001, we can see at the end of the movie the star child floating near Earth. But what always bugged me is its size, it's basically as big as the planet. Is that an effect of perspective or is he ...
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Is this a HAL 9000 homage in “The Force Awakens?”

The robot at the Maz Kanata’s castle: The eye looks like the HAL’s eye from 2001: A Space Odyssey one; HAL’s “eye” to the right of this screenshot: