2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

This novel was written at the same time that Stanley Kubrick created the film by the same name. The novel contains many wonderful details that are not present in the movie. The basic story is simple: a mysterious monolith, or stone monuments, is found on the moon. Investigators are led to Jupiter, where more mysteries are found. This novel contains a lot of references to the Hal 9000 computer, one of the first artificially intelligent computers created in fiction. Select an invention:


Grip Shoes - velcro space gear

HAL 9000 - prototypical AI

Hibernaculum - nap time

Icon Thumbsized Image - first reference?

Mobile Lab

Newspad - flat panel news display

Newspad Electronic Newspaper

TMA-1 - the Tycho monolith


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