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2001: A Space Odyssey Wiki is an encyclopedia for Arthur C. Clarke's sci-fi novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as 2010: Odyssey Two, 2061: Odyssey Three, and 3001: The Final Odyssey.
Because of incongruity between 2001: A Space Odyssey, the novel, and its sequels, as well as the film adaptation of 2001, there is some question as to what is considered canon on this wiki. See this article for details.
“Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.”
Featured Article EditDr. David Bowman was on the crew of the ill-fated Discovery 1 mission. He was one of the two astronauts not under cryogenic hibernation.
During the flight, the on board HAL-9000 computer malfunctioned, killing all the crew except Bowman (though HAL tried to kill him, too, by refusing him reentry into the pod bay). Bowman eventually got inside and disconnected HAL, to prevent him from doing any more damage. When Discovery arrived at Jupiter, a second monolith was discovered, identical to the one found on the moon—except this one was nearly 2 kilometers long, at the L1 point between Io and Jupiter. Bowman went out in one of the EVA pods to get a closer look at the monolith. When he got there, he found that, according to Arthur C. Clarke's dialogue, "The thing's hollow—it goes on FOREVER—and, oh my God, it's full of stars!" Bowman, pulled into the monolith and transported across vast distances, was transformed into a being whom Clarke called the "Star-Child," free from the evil tyranny of matter. free to move about in space and time.