I mentioned this book in yesterday's NPR 100 SF Books list, so it seemed right to use it today for Page One. I actually think I prefer the book to the movie, as amazing as the movie is.
You may have actually been alive before 1968 to realize how great the movie actually is. Kubrick's vision was unique at that time. No moviemake had done science fiction with respect and quality before. The special effects were in a class by themselves at the time. To the generation that grew up on Star Wars and CGI, the accomplishment and wonder that is 2001 seems pedestrian. And that's a real shame.
It still is amazing. I was watching it the other night and was struck by the seamless quality of effects from 43 years ago. But more effective is the amazing stillness and quiet of the film. It's still haunting, lonely, and spectacular.I will say, I am enjoying the first-page series. I've never read 2001, but based on this capture, I'm intrigued. On Kindle, of course.
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