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Not all 23 tales aare novels, only 9, the rest are a smattering of short stories. No. 01 (N) A Space Odyssey No. 02 (N) Odyssey Two. Sorry, this document isn't available for viewing at this time. In the meantime, you can download the document by clicking the 'Download' button above. Arthur C. Clarke (–) wrote the novel and coauthored the screenplay for A Space Odyssey. He was knighted by the British monarchy and is the.

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It's true that novelizations ugh are all too often produced afterward; in this case, Stanley had excellent reasons for reversing this process.

Because a screenplay has to specify everything in excruciating detail, it is almost as tedious to read as to write. John Fowles put it very well when he said: And, hopefully, a little cash. This is more or less the way it worked out, though toward the end novel and screenplay were being written simultaneously, with feedback in both directions. Thus I rewrote some sections after seeing the movie rushes-a rather expensive method of literary creation, which few other authors can have enjoyed, though I am not sure if "enjoyed" is the right word.

To give the flavor of that hectic time, here are some extracts from the journal I must have hastily written in the smaller hours of the morning: May 28, Suggested to Stanley that "they" might be machines who regard organic life as a hideous disease.

Stanley thinks this is cute,,, June 2. Averaging one or two thousand words a day. Stanley says, "We've got a best seller here. Joined Stanley to discuss plot development, but spent almost all the time arguing about Cantor's Transfinite Groups,,, I decide that he is a latent mathematical genius.

July Now have everything-except the plot. Stanley's 36th birthday.

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Went to the Village and found a card with the inscription: Dreamed I was a robot being rebuilt. Took two chapters to Stanley, who cooked me a fine steak, remarking, "Joe Levine doesn't do this for his writers. Stanley has invented the wild idea of slightly fag robots who create a Victorian environment to put our heroes at their ease.

November Phoned Isaac Asimov to discuss the biochemistry of turning vegetarians into carnivores. December Stanley calls after screening H. Wells's Things to Come and says he'll never see another movie I recommend.

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Slowly tinkering with the final pages, so I can have them as a Christmas present for Stanley. This entry records my hope that the novel was now essentially complete; in fact, all we had was merely a rough draft of the first two thirds, stopping at the most exciting point-because we hadn't the faintest idea what would happen next.

Another variant: How the Solar System Was Won. Not a bad title-and the time may now be ripe for it.

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But don't call me, and I won't call you. Throughout Stanley was involved in the incredibly complex post-production activities-made even more difficult by the fact that the film would be shot in England while he was still in New York, and under no circumstances would he travel by air. I am in no position to criticize: Stanley learned not to fly the hard way-while getting his pilot's license.

For similar reasons, I have never been behind a steering wheel since the day I barely passed my driving test in Sydney, Australia, in I too was cured for life by the traumatic experience. While Stanley was making the movie, I was trying to complete the final, final version of the novel, which of course had to receive his blessing before it could be published.

This proved extremely difficult to obtain, partly because he was so busy at the studio that he never had time to focus his attention on the many versions of the manuscript. He swore he wasn't dragging his feet, to make certain that the movie appeared before the book. Which it did-by several months-in the spring of Considering its complex and agonizing gestation, it is not surprising that the novel differs from the movie in several respects.

Most important-and how lucky this was we could never have guessed at the time-Stanley decided to rendezvous with Jupiter, whereas in the novel the spaceship Discovery flew on to Saturn, using Jupiter's gravitational field to boost it on its way.

Precisely this "perturbation maneuver" was used by the Voyager spacecraft eleven years later. Why the change from Saturn to Jupiter? Well, it made a more straightforward story line-and, more important, the special-effects department couldn't produce a Saturn that Stanley found convincing. If it had done so, the movie would by now have been badly dated, since the Voyager missions showed Saturn's rings to be far more implausible than anyone had ever dreamed.

For more than a decade after publication of the novel July I indignantly denied that any sequel was possible or that I had the slightest intention of writing one. But the brilliant success of the Voyager missions changed my mind; distant worlds about which absolutely nothing was known when Stanley and I started our collaboration suddenly became real places, with fantastic surface conditions.

Who would ever have imagined satellites entirely covered with ice floes, or volcanos spurting sulfur a hundred kilometers into space? Science fiction could now be made far more convincing by science fact.

Odyssey Two was about the real Jovian satellite system. There is also another profound distinction between the two books.

Now history and fiction have become inextricably intertwined; the Apollo astronauts had already seen the film when they left for the moon. The crew of Apollo 8 , who at Christmas, , became the first men ever to set eyes upon the lunar far side, told me that they had been tempted to radio back the discovery of a large black monolith.

Alas, discretion prevailed. The Apollo 13 mission, however, does have an uncanny connection with When the computer HAL reported the "failure" of the AE 35 Unit, the phrase he used was "Sorry to interrupt the festivities, but we have a problem.

Their first words back to Earth were "Houston, we've had a problem. Now, in an earlier draft of the novel, David Bowman has to make an EVA in one of Discovery 's space pods, and chase the ship's lost communications antenna system. The episode is found in Chapter 26 of The Lost Worlds of He caught up with it, but was unable to check its slow spin and bring it back to Discovery. Unlike Bowman, he was able to check its spin by bursts from the nitrogen-jet thrusters on his backpack.

The satellite was brought back into Discovery 's cargo bay, and two days later Westar was also rescued. Both were safely returned to Earth for repair and relaunch, after one of the most remarkable and successful Shuttle missions ever flown.

And I haven't quite finished. Just about the time Joe was doing all this, I received a copy of his beautiful book Entering Space: An Astronaut's Odyssey with a covering letter which read: The novel you are about to read has sometimes been criticized for explaining too much, and thus destroying some of the movie's mystery.

Rock Hudson stormed out of the premiere complaining "Can someone tell me what the hell this is all about? Automatyczne logowanie Zarejestruj. His ships were of the old pattern with the old weapons - but they now out-numbered ours.

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When we went into action, we found that the numbers ranged against us were often percent greater than expected, causing target confusion among the automatic weapons and resulting in higher losses than anticipated. The enemy losses were higher still, for once a Sphere had reached its objective, destruction was certain, but the balance had not swung as far in our favor as we had hoped. Moreover, while the main fleets had been engaged, the enemy had launched a daring attack on the lightly held systems of Eriston, Duranus, Carmanidora and Pharanidon - recapturing them all.

We were thus faced with a threat only fifty light-years from our home planets. There was much recrimination at the next meeting of the supreme commanders.

Most of the complaints were addressed to Norden-Grand Admiral Taxaris in particular maintaining that thanks to our admittedly irresistible weapon we were now considerably worse off than before. We should, he claimed, have continued to build conventional ships, thus preventing the loss of our numerical superiority. Norden was equally angry and called the naval staff ungrateful bunglers. But I could tell that he was worried - as indeed we all were - by the unexpected turn of events. He hinted that there might be a speedy way of remedying the situation.

We now know that Research had been working on the Battle Analyzer for many years, but at the time it came as a revelation to us and perhaps we were too easily swept off our feet. Norden's argument, also, was seductively convincing. What did it matter, he said, if the enemy had twice as many ships as we - if the efficiency of ours could be doubled or even trebled?

For decades the limiting factor in warfare had been not mechanical but biological - it had become more and more difficult for any single mind, or group of minds, to cope with the rapidly changing complexities of battle in three-dimensional space. Norden's mathematicians had analyzed some of the classic engagements of the past, and had shown that even when we had been victorious we had often operated our units at much less than half of their theoretical efficiency.

The Battle Analyzer would change all this by replacing the operations staff with electronic calculators. The idea was not new, in theory, but until now it had been no more than a Utopian dream. Many of us found it difficult to believe that it was still anything but a dream: after we had run through several very complex dummy battles, however, we were convinced. It was decided to install the Analyzer in four of our heaviest ships, so that each of the main fleets could be equipped with one.

At this stage, the trouble began - though we did not know it until later. The Analyzer contained just short of a million vacuum tubes and needed a team of five hundred technicians to maintain and operate it.

It was quite impossible to accommodate the extra staff aboard a battleship, so each of the four units had to be accompanied by a converted liner to carry the technicians not on duty. Installation was also a very slow and tedious business, but by gigantic efforts it was completed in six months. Then, to our dismay, we were confronted by another crisis.

Nearly five thousand highly skilled men had been selected to serve the Analyzers and had been given an intensive course at the Technical Training Schools.

At the end of seven months, 10 percent of them had had nervous breakdowns and only 40 per cent had qualified. Once again, everyone started to blame everyone else. Norden, of course, said that the Research Staff could not be held responsible, and so incurred the enmity of the Personnel and Training Commands. It was finally decided that the only thing to do was to use two instead of four Analyzers and to bring the others into action as soon as men could be trained.

There was little time to lose, for the enemy was still on the offensive and his morale was rising. The first Analyzer fleet was ordered to recapture the system of Eriston. On the way, by one of the hazards of war, the liner carrying the technicians was struck by a roving mine.

A warship would have survived, but the liner with its irreplaceable cargo was totally destroyed. So the operation had to be abandoned. The other expedition was, at first, more successful. There was no doubt at all that the Analyzer fulfilled its designers' claims, and the enemy was heavily defeated in the first engagements. He withdrew, leaving us in possession of Saphran, Leucon and Hexanerax. But his Intelligence Staff must have noted the change in our tactics and the inexplicable presence of a liner in the heart of our battlefleet.

It must have noted, also, that our first fleet had been accompanied by a similar ship - and had withdrawn when it had been destroyed.

In the next engagement, the enemy used his superior numbers to launch an overwhelming attack on the Analyzer ship and its unarmed consort. The attack was made without regard to losses - both ships were, of course, very heavily protected - and it succeeded.

The result was the virtual decapitation of the Fleet, since an effectual transfer to the old operational methods proved impossible. We disengaged under heavy fire, and so lost all our gains and also the systems of Lormyia, Ismarnus, Beronis, Alphanidon and Sideneus.

At this stage, Grand Admiral Taxaris expressed his disapproval of Norden by committing suicide, and I assumed supreme command. The situation was now both serious and infuriating. With stubborn conservatism and complete lack of imagination, the enemy continued to advance with his old-fashioned and inefficient but now vastly more numerous ships. It was galling to realize that if we had only continued building, without seeking new weapons, we would have been in a far more advantageous position.

There were many acrimonious conferences at which Norden defended the scientists while everyone else blamed them for all that had happened. The difficulty was that Norden had proved every one of his claims: he had a perfect excuse for all the disasters that had occurred.

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And we could not now turn back - the search for an irresistible weapon must go on. At first it had been a luxury that would shorten the war. Now it was a necessity if we were to end it victoriously. We were on the defensive, and so was Norden. He was more than ever determined to reestablish his prestige and that of the Research Staff. But we had been twice disappointed, and would not make the same mistake again. No doubt Norden's twenty thousand scientists would produce many further weapons: we would remain unimpressed.

We were wrong. The final weapon was something so fantastic that even now it seems difficult to believe that it ever existed. Its innocent, noncommittal name - The Exponential Field - gave no hint of its real potentialities. Some of Norden's mathematicians had discovered it during a piece of entirely theoretical research into the properties of space, and to everyone's great surprise their results were found to be physically realizable.

It seems very difficult to explain the operation of the Field to the layman. According to the technical description, it "produces an exponential condition of space, so that a finite distance in normal, linear space may become infinite in pseudo-space.

It was as if one took a flat disk of rubber - representing a region of normal space - and then pulled its center out to infinity. The circumference of the disk would be unaltered - but its "diameter" would be infinite. That was the sort of thing the generator of the Field did to the space around it.

As an example, suppose that a ship carrying the generator was surrounded by a ring of hostile machines. If it switched on the Field, each of the enemy ships would think that it - and the ships on the far side of the circle - had suddenly receded into nothingness. Yet the circumference of the circle would be the same as before: only the journey to the center would be of infinite duration, for as one proceeded, distances would appear to become greater and greater as the "scale" of space altered.

It was a nightmare condition, but a very useful one. Nothing could reach a ship carrying the Field: it might be englobed by an enemy fleet yet would be as inaccessible as if it were at the other side of the Universe. Against this, of course, it could not fight back without switching off the Field, but this still left it at a very great advantage, not only in defense but in offense. For a ship fitted with the Field could approach an enemy fleet undetected and suddenly appear in its midst.

This time there seemed to be no flaws in the new weapon. Needless to say, we looked for all the possible objections before we committed ourselves again.

Fortunately the equipment was fairly simple and did not require a large operating staff. After much debate, we decided to rush it into production, for we realized that time was running short and the war was going against us. We had now lost about the whole of our initial gains and enemy forces had made several raids into our own solar system.

We managed to hold off the enemy while the Fleet was reequipped and the new battle techniques were worked out. To use the Field operationally it was necessary to locate an enemy formation, set a course that would intercept it, and then switch on the generator for the calculated period of time. On releasing the Field again - if the calculations had been accurate - one would be in the enemy's midst and could do great damage during the resulting confusion, retreating by the same route when necessary.

The first trial maneuvers proved satisfactory and the equipment seemed quite reliable. Numerous mock attacks were made and the crews became accustomed to the new technique. I was on one of the test flights and can vividly remember my impressions as the Field was switched on. The ships around us seemed to dwindle as if on the surface of an expanding bubble: in an instant they had vanished completely.

So had the stars - but presently we could see that the Galaxy was still visible as a faint band of light around the ship. The virtual radius of our pseudo-space was not really infinite, but some hundred thousand light-years, and so the distance to the farthest stars of our system had not been greatly increased - though the nearest had of course totally disappeared. These training maneuvers, however, had to be canceled before they were completed, owing to a whole flock of minor technical troubles in various pieces of equipment, notably the communications circuits.

These were annoying, but not important, though it was thought best to return to Base to clear them up. At that moment the enemy made what was obviously intended to be a decisive attack against the fortress planet of Iton at the limits of our Solar System. The Fleet had to go into battle before repairs could be made.

The enemy must have believed that we had mastered the secret of invisibility - as in a sense we had. Our ships appeared suddenly out of no-where and inflicted tremendous damage - for a while.

And then something quite baffling and inexplicable happened. I was in command of the flagship Hircania when the trouble started. We had been operating as independent units, each against assigned objectives.

Our detectors observed an enemy formation at medium range and the navigating officers measured its distance with great accuracy. We set course and switched on the generator.Our existing weapons have practically reached finality. There was a bombastic tone in Norden's voice that made us suspicious of his claims.

He would be away for weeks from his home of almost half a century, and the new friends of his later years. Against this, of course, it could not fight back without switching off the Field, but this still left it at a very great advantage, not only in defense but in offense.

If he had not known exactly where to look, he would not even have noticed it, or would have dismissed it as some distant nebula.

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