First printing of the book written to accompany the landmark film, whose screenplay Clarke wrote simultaneously with Kubrick.
About fine in near fine jacket.
"You are journeying toward something. You do not know what it is. You only know that it has been waiting for Man to find it for three million years."
Determined to create a film about "Man's relationship to the universe, " Kubrik reached out to Arthur C. Clarke for help. Together they expanded Clarke's short story "The Sentinel" into 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Clarke's trademark ability to capture a profound sense of mystery and wonder about space combined with Kubrik's obsession over aesthetic perfection and mastery of tension to create one of the great films of the 20th century. They began the novel version of the story first in order to "let our imaginations soar freely" (Clarke), but in the end finished the book alongside the screenplay. The novel is remarkable for (slightly) demystifying the ambiguous ending of the film, which has left generations of viewers in confusion. Clarke goes into more explicit detail about the fate of astronaut David Bowman, while still characteristically ending the book in a meditative tone.
Read more: Clarke, The Lost Worlds of 2001.
(New York): New American Library, (1968). 8.25'' x 5''. Original quarter black paper with blue paper boards, silver and blue-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($4.95) white pictorial dust jacket. Black endpapers with blue photographic space vignettes. pages. 221,  pages. Sliver of toning to book edges. One tape repair to verso and just a touch of shelfsoil to extremities of white jacket. Much fresher than typical.
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