2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is a science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke. It was developed concurrently with Stanley Kubrick's film version and published after the release of the film. The story is based in part on various short stories by Clarke, most notably "The Sentinel" (written in 1948 for a BBC competition but first published in 1951 under the title "Sentinel of Eternity"). For an elaboration of Clarke and Kubrick's collaborative work on this project, see The Lost Worlds of 2001, Arthur C. Clarke, Signet, 1972.

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The 344th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 62nd on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  2. - 87th on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  3. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  4. - 100 Most Influential Books of the Century (Boston Public Library)
  5. - Great Books (The Learning Channel)

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