The public hungering for space adventures in print, radio, television and film was in for a treat in April 1968. Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s collaboration was a film unlike anything that had come before—a spectacular masterpiece of imagination, philosophy and music. Like a Johann Strauss waltz, the 161 minute film played magnificently on the screen.
2001: A Space Odyssey gave people a view of the future where technology and space travel was a daily routine. It seemed that Arthur C. Clarke’s vision in 1968 was possible to achieve by 2001.
What happened? 43 years later we have an international space station which is only a shadow of the one in the film and book. No base on the Moon. No interplanetary ship. Definitely, nothing like HAL…
Where are the dreams of that generation for human progress on a planetary and cosmic scale? We seem to be enrobed in our own limitations of getting off this planet. Dreams die as well as hopes.
Do you ever dream of travelling to strange worlds? Conversing with life forms unlike you?
If the planetary resources were used to better the populace of this planet traversing the cosmos, there could be a united effort to reach the planets of Sol and then the stars. Opportunities are there in space if we can ever get around to take care of the needs of the earth and its various people groups.
Perhaps, it will take an event to shake the world leaders and the wealth hoarders out of their complacency and selfishness. Or perhaps, the human race is destined to continue to struggle and war on this orb as the universe passes us by…
G. D. Williams © 2011
2001: A Space Odyssey Trailer
2001: A Space Odyssey Docking Sequence
Stop, Dave, I’m Afraid
HAL 9000 Sings Daisy