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‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968) — Man Losing His Humanity

Stanley Kubrick’s timeless visionary epic, originally billed (and titled) as a “journey beyond the stars,” is a film that’s solemn and slow moving, stately and portentous to the nth degree, but a… 1,368 more words

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Arthur C. Clarke: The Nine Billion Names of God

“This is a slightly unusual request,” said Dr. Wagner, with what he hoped was commendable restraint. “As far as I know, it’s the first time anyone’s been asked to supply a Tibetan monastery with an Automatic Sequence Computer. 2,583 more words


"The Star" Write Up by Ash Haq

Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Star” opens with the line, “It is three thousand light years to the Vatican”, which immediately pulls the reader in by meshing a pair of opposing subjects, astrophysics and religion, in a compelling way. 584 more words


Clarke on Flags

There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags will not wave in a vacuum.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008), quoted in OMNI, May 1980


Somewhat Scholarly Reflections on Science Fiction - Part 1

Today, we begin what we hope will become a popular, long-running and Nobel-Prize-Winning* series on Science Fiction.  It will likely have a focus on literature, at least initially, but will be perfectly willing to include movies, comics and any other interesting subjects. 935 more words


2001: A Space Odyssey

Picked this up on a whim on Blu-ray (it’s been in my DVD collection for years) as part of a 3 for £20 at HMV.  Got home, stuck it on only to test that the disc played, and nearly three hours later the film finished.  I was completely captivated by this film.  I must have last watched this as a teenager, because I had honestly forgotten just how good this film is.  And yet, it’s also an incredibly hard film to get someone to watch who’s never experienced it.  If the running time alone doesn’t put them off, the concept of "hard science fiction" probably will.  Science fiction in today’s cinemas usually involves laser pistols, explosions, a definable villain, probably includes some sort of mysticism and features epic space battles that stick two fingers up to Sir Isaac Newton.  This film puts Newton in the driving seat and swings a bat at anyone who tries to take over from him. 1,207 more words

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