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2001: A Space Odyssey (Folio Society Hardback)


Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Illustrations: Joe Wilson
Publisher: The Folio Society
RRP: £29.95
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Publication Date: Available now

Developed from Arthur C. Clarke’s short story The Sentinel and brainstormed together with legendary film director Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) has had an indelible impact on both cinema and genre literature. Written alongside the screenplay, the book stands on its own merits as a visionary work: a powerful exploration of space, artificial intelligence and the destiny of humanity...

Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey novel was released shortly after Stanley Kubrick's 1968 movie. Kubrick and Clarke co-wrote the screenplay to the film, based on Clarke's 1948 short story, The Sentinel. Clarke then wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was released shortly after the movie.

This Folio Society edition includes the foreword written jointly by Clarke and Kubrick, as well as Clarke’s Back to 2001 preface written in 1989. Michael Moorcock, a long-standing colleague of Clarke’s and an award-winning author, has provided a new introduction revealing much of his friend’s personality, as well as casting a new light on the fractious relationship between Clarke and Kubrick.

As we've come to expect from The Folio Society releases, this is another lovingly crafted work of art. This is a book for lovers of the story who want something a little special to place in their bookcase.

Joe Wilson has contributed seven colour illustrations, designed to capture the book’s vision of 2001’s remarkable future, while the binding shimmers with holographic foil.

Technical specifications: Bound in printed art paper and blocked in holographic foil with a design by the artist. Metallic slipcase. Set in Cartier Book with Univers for display. 240 page. Frontispiece and 6 colour plates. 9½“ x 6¼“.


Nick Smithson

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