Questions tagged [2001-a-space-odyssey]

For questions about "2001: A Space Odyssey", 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...