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When Stanley Kubrick first met Arthur C. Clarke he said that he wanted his help to make the “proverbial good science fiction movie.” The implication of Kubrick’s comment was that no one had yet made one.

Their collaboration culminated in 2001: A Space Odyssey; which in 1968 was the latest film in a multi-decade history of movies about space.

Beginning in 1902 and continuing to the present day the allure of spaceflight has resulted in such massive cultural epics as Star Wars and Star Trek, as well as the latest box office block buster Interstellar.

However, despite over 30 years of advances in space flight and movie-making it is still 2001: A Space Odyssey which most fans, film makers and critics use as the yardstick against which all other space films are measured.

In 2001: The Heritage and Legacy of the Space Odyssey authors Frederick I Ordway III and Robert Godwin take a trip through more than eleven decades of space films. This fascinating study shows just how far 2001: A Space Odyssey pushed the state of the art and how it continues to affect motion pictures today.

 

2001 The Heritage and Legacy

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Frederick I Ordway III Frederick I Ordway III was technical advisor to Stanley Kubrick during the production of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was also in charge of space systems information at the Marshall Space Flight Center from 1960 to 1963 and before that performed a similar function for the Army Ballistic Missile Agency. For many years he was a professor at the University of Alabama’s School of Graduate Studies and Research. He was also the author of many other books including The Rocket Team and a contributor to the book 2001: The Lost Science.
Robert Godwin Robert Godwin is the owner and founder of Apogee Space Books. He is also the Space Curator at the Canadian Air & Space Museum. He has written or edited over 100 books including the award winning series "The NASA Mission Reports". Robert has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs in Canada, the USA and England as an expert on, not only music, but also space exploration. His books have been discussed on CNN, the CBC, the BBC and CBS 60 Minutes. He produced the first ever virtual reality panoramas of the Apollo lunar surface photography and the first multi-camera angle movie of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. His last book "New Horizons" expanded on that previous ground-breaking work.