In the bed

"David was prepared, he thought, for any wonder. The only thing he had never expected was the utterly commonplace."

The hotel room is a location which was created (on the basis of intercepted TV transmissions) by the Monolith aliens, where David Bowman rested as they experimented on him. Here Bowman aged quickly, from an older man dressed in black to a very elderly man in a white robe, before becoming the Star Child.

In the novel, the room included a TV, which featured channels and programs the Monolith picked up around the time TMA-1 was discovered on the moon.

Where's that baby

"In an empty room, floating amid the fires of a double star twenty thousand light-years from Earth, a baby opened its eyes..."

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