The Mark Hastings Experience – Episode #44: “2001: A Space Odyssey”

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1968 epic science fiction film “2001: A Space Odyssey” directed by Stanley Kubrick who also produced and co-wrote the screenplay of the film with Arthur C. Clarke. The story of the film was inspired by a number of short stories by Arthur C. Clarke, most notably his 1951 short story “The Sentinel” – which depicts humanities encounters with mysterious alien monoliths that profoundly affect the course of human evolution, as well as the voyage to Jupiter by the spacecraft Discovery One to reveal the source of a mysterious alien signal. “2001: A Space Odyssey” is a film that is a masterpiece of cinema in so many ways and it is a film that truly redefined what a science fiction film could be, because it covers several themes – such as the evolution of humanity, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life – that continue to be contemporary because of the way that technology and the question of if we are alone in the universe continues to evolve and influence the lives of everybody on Earth.

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