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Will this review be considered blasphemy??
am 1. Dezember 1998
Well written but lacking in the scope, vision, majesty, and impact of Kubrick's supreme cinematic artwork. The story is far too literal, and the mystery and awe of the film is reduced to readily explainable scientific phenomena (eg in the film, the monolith is representative of many things: evolutionary forces, the unknown, etc, etc. In the book it becomes a mere tool of advanced aliens, its symbolism, and hence meaning, stripped from it). As an original piece of work it stands on its own, but compared with the film the novel falls short of the mark. And before anyone criticizes me for comparing the novel to the film, I must state my opinion that film as a medium is far more than simple entertainment, it can be ART. Kubrick's 2001 is an immensely impressive and influential work, and while Clarke's novel is well written, it just isn't that great. If you want ground breaking science fiction literature, check out Herbert's "Dune" or Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land". Now that's great sci-fi.