The Star Child

The Star Child looking down at the Earth.

When David Bowman went through the Star Gate after discovering Jupiter's monolith (Saturn's monolith in the book), he found himself in a white room in which he saw various life stages of himself. After that, he transformed into a fetus, and became a Star Child, an immortal being that resides within space and returns to Earth.

The New Seed

The 2001: A Space Odyssey monthly comics by Marvel Comics featured human astronauts transformed into Star Children by the Monolith.


  • The Star Child made its second appearance in 2010: The Year We Make Contact, during Floyd's encounter with Bowman on the Discovery 1.