2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clark
Hawk Films Ltd.,
c/o. M-G-M Studios,
3,000,000 YEARS AGO
VIEWS OF AFRICAN DRYLANDS – DROUGHT
The remorseless drought had lasted now for ten million years,
and would not end for another million. The reign of the ter-
rible lizards had long since passed, but here on the continent
which would one day be known as Africa, the battle for survival
had reached a new climax of ferocity, and the victor was not
yet in sight. In this dry and barren land, only the small or
the swift or the fierce could flourish, or even hope to exist.
INT & EXT CAVES – MOONWATCHER
The man-apes of the field had none of these attributes, and
they were on the long, pathetic road to racial extinction.
About twenty of them occupied a group of caves overlooking
a small, parched valley, divided by a sluggish, brown stream.
The tribe had always been hungry, and now it was starving.
As the first dim glow of dawn creeps into the cave, Moonwatcher
discovers that his father has died during the night. He did not know
the Old One was his father, for such a relationship was beyond
his understanding. but as he stands looking down at the emac-
iated body he feels something, something akin to sadness. Then
he carries his dead father out of the cave, and leaves him for the
Among his kind, Moonwatcher is almost a giant. He is nearly
five feet high, and though badly undernourished, weighs over
a hundred pounds. His hairy, muscular body is quite man-like,
and his head is already nearer man than ape. The forehead is
low, and there are great ridges over the eye-sockets, yet he
unmistakably holds in his genes the promise of humanity. As
he looks out now upon the hostile world, there is already
something in his gaze beyond the grasp of any ape. In those
dark, deep-set eyes is a dawning awareness-the first intima-
tions of an intelligence which would not fulfill itself for another
two million years.
EXT THE STREAM – THE OTHERS
As the dawn sky brightens, Moonwatcher and his tribe reach
the shallow stream.
The Others are already there. They were there on the other
side every day – that did not make it any less annoying.
There are eighteen of them, and it is impossible to distinguish
them from the members of Moonwatcher’s own tribe. As
they see him coming, the Others begin to angrily dance and
shriek on their side of the stream, and his own people reply
The confrontation lasts a few minutes – then the display dies
out as quickly as it has begun, and everyone drinks his fill of
the muddy water. Honor has been satisfied – each group has
staked its claim to its own territory.
EXT AFRICAN PLAIN – HERBIVORES
Moonwatcher and his companions search for berries, fruit
and leaves, and fight off pangs of hunger, while all around
them, competing with them for the samr fodder, is a potential
source of more food than they could ever hope to eat. Yet
all the thousands of tons of meat roaming over the parched
savanna and through the brush is not only beyond their reach;
the idea of eating it is beyond their imagination. They are
slowly starving to death in the midst of plenty.
EXT PARCHED COUNTRYSIDE – THE LION
The tribe slowly wanders across the bare, flat country-
side foraging for roots and occasional berries.
Eight of them are irregularly strung out on the open plain,
about fifty feet apart.
The ground is flat for miles around.
Suddenly, Moonwatcher becomes aware of a lion, stalking
them about 300 yards away.
Defenceless and with nowhere to hide, they scatter in all
directions, but the lion brings one to the ground.
EXT DEAD TREE – FINDS HONEY
It had not been a good day, though as Moonwatcher had no
real remembrance of the past he could not compare one day
with another. But on the way back to the caves he finds a
hive of bees in the stump of a dead tree, and so enjoys the
finest delicacy his people could ever know. Of course, he
also collects a good many stings, but he scacely notices
them. He is now as near to contentment as he is ever
likely to be; for thought he is still hungry, he is not actually
weak with hunger. That was the most that any hominid could
INT & EXT CAVES – NIGHT TERRORS
Over the valley, a full moon rises, and a cold wind blows down
from the distant mountains. It would be very cold tonight –
but cold, like hunger, was not a matter for any real concern;
it was merely part of the background of life.
This Little Sun, that only shone at night and gave no warmth,
was dangerous; there would be enemies abroad. Moonwatcher
crawls out of the cave, clambers on to a large boulder besides
the entrance, and squats there where he can survey the valley.
If any hunting beast approached, he would have time to get back
to the relative safety of the cave.
Of all the creatures who had ever lived on Earth, Moonwatcher’s
race was the first to raise their eyes with interest to the Moon,
and though he could not remember it, when he was young,
Moonwatcher would reach out and try to touch its ghostly face.
Now he new he would have to find a tree that was high
He stirs when shrieks and screams echo up the slope from
one of the lower caves, and he does not need to hear the
occasional growl of the lion to know what is happening. Down
there in the darkness, old One-Eye and his family are dying,
and the thought that he might help in some way never crosses
Moonwatcher’s mind. The harsh logic of survival rules out
such fancies. Every cave is silent, lest it attract disaster.
And in the caves, in tortured spells of fitful dozing and
fearful waiting, were gathered the nightmares of generations
yet to come.
EXT THE STREAM – INVASION
The Others are growing desperate; the forage on their side of
the valley is almost exhausted. Perhaps they realise that
Moonwatcher’s tribe has lost three of its numbers during the
night, for they choose this mourning to break the truce. When
they meet at the river in the still, misty dawn, there is a
deeper and more menacing note in their challenge. The noisy
but usually harmless confrontation lasts only a few seconds
before the invasion begins.
In an uncertainly-moving horde, the Others cross the river,
shieking threats and hunched for the attack. They are led
by a big-toothed hominid of Moonwatcher’s own size and age.
Startled and frightened, the tribe retreats before the first
advance, throwing nothing more substantial than imprecations
at the invaders. Moonwatcher moves with them, his mind a
mist of rage and confusion. To be driven from their own
territory is a great badness, but to lose the river is death.
He does not know what to do; it is a situation beyond his
Then he becomes dimly aware that the Others are slowing
down, and advancing with obvious reluctance. The further they
move from their own side, the more uncertain and unhappy
they become. Only Big-Tooth still retains any of his original
drive, and he is rapidly being seperated from his followers.
As he sees this, Moonwatcher’s own morale immediately
revives. He slows down his retreat, and begins to make
reassuring noises to his companions. Novel sensations fill
his dim mind – the first faint precursors of bravery and
Before he realizes it, he is face to face with Big-Tooth, and
the two tribes come to a halt many paces away.
The disorganized and unscientific conflict could have ended
quickly if either had used his fist as a club, but this
innovation still lay hundreds of thousands of years in the
future. Instead, the slowly weakening fighters claw and
scratch and try to bite each other.
Rolling over and over, they come to a patch of stony ground,
and when they reach it Moonwatcher is on top. By chance,
he chooses this moment to grab the hair on Big-Tooth’s scalp,
and bang his head on the ground. The resulting CRACK is
so satisfactory, and produces such an immediate weakening
In Big – Tooth’s resistance, that he quickly repeats it.
Even when Big-Tooth ceases to move for some time, Moon-
watcher keeps up the exhilirating game.
With shrieks of panic, the Others retreat back, across the
stream. The defenders cautiously pursue them as far as
The water’s edge.
EXT CAVE – NEW SOUND
Dozing fitfully and weakened by his stuggle, Moonwatcher is
startled by a sound.
He sits up in the fetid darkness of the cave, straining his
senses out into the night, and fear creeps slowly into his soul.
Never in his life – already twice as long as most members of
his species could expect – has he heard a sound like this. The
great cats approached in silence, and the only thing that
betrayed them was a rare slide of earth, or the occasional
cracking of a twig. Yet this is a continuing crunching noise
that grows steadily louder. It seemed that some enormous
beast was moving through the night, making no attempt at
concealment, and ignoring all obstacles.
And then there came a sound which Moonwatcher could not
possibly have identified, for it had never been heard before
in the history of this planet.
EXT CAVE – NEW ROCK
Moonwatcher comes face to face with the New Rock when he
leads the tribe down to the river in the first light of morning.
He had almost forgotten the terror of the night, because nothing
had happened after that initial noise, so he does not even
associate this strange thing with danger or with fear. There
is nothing in the least alarming about it.
It is a cube about fifteen feet on a side, and it is made of
some completely transparent material; indeed, it is not easy
to see except when the light of the sun glints on its edges.
There are no natural objects to which Moonwatcher can
compare this apparition. Though he is wisely cautious
of most new things, he does not hesitate to walk up to it.
As nothing happens, he puts out his hand, and feels a warm,
After several minutes of intense thought, he arrives at a
brilliant explanation. It is a rock, of course, and it
must have grown during the night. There are many plants
that do this – white, pulpy things shaped like pebbles, that
seem to shoot up in the hours of darkness. It is true that
they are small and round, whereas this is large and square;
but greater and later philosophers than Moonwatcher would be
prepared to overlook equally striking exceptions to their laws.
This really superb piece of abstract thinking leads Moonwatcher
to a deduction which he immediately puts to the test. The white,
round pebble-plants are very tasty (though there were a few
that made one violently sick); perhaps this square one…?
A few licks and attempted nibbles quickly disillusion him.
There is no nourishment here; so like a sensible hominid, he
continues on his way to the river and forgets all about the Cube.
EXT CUBE – FIRST LESSON
They are still a hundred yards from the New Rock when the
It is quite soft, and it stops them in their tracks, so that they
stand paralyzed on the trail with their jaws hanging. A simple,
maddeningly repetitious rhythm pulses out of the crystal cube
and hypnotises all who come within its spell. For the first
time – and the last, for two million year – the sound of
drumming is heard in Africa.
The throbbing grows louder, more insistent. Presently the
hominids begin to move forward like sleep-walkers, towards
the source of that magnetic sound. Sometimes they take little
dancing steps, as their blood responds to the rhythms that
their descendants will not create for ages yet.
Totally entranced, they gather around the Cube, forgetting
the hardships of the day, the perils of the approaching dusk,
and the hunger in their bellies.
Now, spinning wheels of light begin to merge, and the spokes
fuse into luminous bars that slowly recede into the distance,
rotating on their axes as they do; and the hominids watch, wide-
eyed, mesmerized captives of the Crystal Cube.
Then by some magic – though it was no more magical than all
that had gone on before – a perfectly normal scene appears. It
is as if a cubical block had been carved out of the day and
shifted into the night. Inside that block is a group of four
hominids, who might have been members of Moonwatcher’s
own tribe, eating chunks of meat. The carcass of a wart-hog
lies near them.
This little family of male and female and two children is gorged
and replete, with sleek and glossy pelts – and this was a
condition of life that Moonwatcher had never imagined. From
time to time they stir lazily, as they loll at ease near the
entrance of their cave, apparently at peace with the world.
The spectacle of domestic bliss merges into a totally
The family is no longer reposing peacefully outside its cave;
it is foraging, searching for food like any normal hominids.
A small wart-hog ambles past the group of browsing humanoids
without giving them more than a glance, for they had never been
the slightest danger to its species.
But that happy state of affairs is about to end. The big male
suddenly bends down, picks up a heavy stone lying at his feet –
and hurls it upon the unfortunate pig. The stone descends upon
its skull, making exactly the same noise that Moonwatcher had
produced in his now almost forgotten encounter with Big-Tooth.
And the result, too, is much the same – the warthog gives one
amazed, indignant squeal, and collapses in a motionless heap.
Then the whole sequence begins again, but this time it unfolds
itself with incredible slowness. Every detail of the movement
can be followed; the stone arches leisurely through the air, the
pig crumples up and sinks to the ground. There the scene
freezes for long moments, the slayer standing motionless
above the slain, the first of all weapons in his hand.
The scene suddenly fades out. The cube is no more than a
glimmering outline in the darkness; the hominids stir, as if
awakening from a dream, realise where they are, and scuttle
back to their caves.
They have no concious memory of what they had seen; but that
night, as he sits brooding at the entrance of his lair, his ears
attuned to the noises of the world around him, Moonwatcher
feels the first faint twinges of a new and potent emotion – the urge
to kill. He had taken his first step towards humanity.
EXT cave AND PLAINS – Utopia
Babies were born and sometimes lived; feeble, toothless thirty-
year-olds died; the lion took its toll in the night; the Others
threatened daily across the river – and the trib prospered.
In the course of a single year, Moonwatcher and his companions
had changed almost beyond recognition.
They had become as plump as the family in the Cave, who no
longer haunted their dreams. They had learned their lessons
well; now they could handle all the stone tools and weapons that
the Cube had revealed to them.
They were no longer half-numbed with starvation, and they
had time both for leisure and for the first rudiments of thought.
Their new way of life was casually accepted, and they did
not associate it in any way with the crystal cube still standing
outside their cave.
But no Utopia is perfect, and this one had two blemishes. The
first was the marauding lion, whose passion for hominids
seemed to have grown even stronger now that they were better
nourished. The second was the tribe across the river; for
somehow the Others had survived, and had stubbornly refused to
die of starvation.
EXT CAVES – KILLING THE LION
With the partly devoured carcass of a warthog laid out on the
ground at the point he hope the boulder would impact, Moon-
watcher and three of his bravest companions wait for two
consecutive nights. On the third the lion comes,
betraying his presences by a small pebble slide.
When they can here the lion below, softly tearing at the meat,
they strain themselves against the massive boulder. The sound
of the lion stops; he is listening. Again they silently heave
against the enormous stone, exerting the final limits of their
strength. The rock begin to tip to a new balance point.
The lion twitches alert to this sound, but having no fear of these
creatures, he makes the first of two mistakes which will cost
him his life; he goes back to his meal.
The rock moves slowly over the ledge, picking up speed with
amazing suddeness. It strikes a projection in the cliff about
fifteen feet above the ground, which deflects its path outward.
Just at this instant, the lion reacts instinctively and leaps
away from the face of the cliff directly into the path of the
onrushing boulder. He has combined the errors of over-
confidence and bad luck.
The next morning they find the lion in front of the cave. They
also find one of their tribe who had incautiously peeped out to
see what was happening, and was apparently killed by a small
rock torn loose by the boulder; but this was a small price to
pay for such a great victory.
* * * * * * * *
And then one night the crystal cube was gone, and not even
Moonwatcher ever thought of it again. He was still wholly
unaware of all that it had done.
EXT STREAM – MASTER OF THE WORLD
From their side of the stream, in the never violated safety of
their own territory, the Others see Moonwatcher and fourteen
males of his tribe appear from behind a small hillock over-
looking the stream, silhouetted against the dawn sky.
The Others begin to scream their daily challenge. But today
something is different, though the Others do not immediatly
recognize this fact.
Instead of joining the verbal onslaught, as they had always done,
Moonwatcher and his small band decended from the rise, and
begin to move forward to the stream with a quiet purposefulness
never befor seen.
As the Others watch the figures silently approaching in the
morning mist, they become aware of the terrible strangness
of this encounter, and their rage gradually subsides down to
an uneasy silence.
At the water’s edge, Moonwatcher and his band stop. They
carry their bone clubs and bone knives.
Led by One-ear, the Others half-heartly resume the battle-
chant. But they are suddenly confrunted with a vision that cuts
the sound from their throats, and strikes terror into their
Moonwatcher, who had been partly concealed by two males who
walked before him, thrusts his arm high into the air. In his
hand he holds a stoud tree branch. Mounted atop the branch is
the bloody head of the lion, its mouth jammed open with a stick,
displaying its frightful fangs.
The Others gape in fearful disbelief at this display of power.
Moonwatchers stands motionless, thrusting the lion’s head high.
Then with majestic deliberation, still carrying his mangled
standard above his head, he begins to cross the stream, followed
by his band.
The Others fade back from the stream, seeming to lack even
the ability to flee.
Moonwatcher steps ashore and walks to One-Ear, who stands
unsurely in front of his band.
Though he is a veteran of numerous combats at the water’s edge,
One-Ear has never been attacked by an enemy who had not first
displayed his fighting rage; and he had never before been attacked
with a weapon. One-Ear, merely looks up at the raised club
until the heavey thigh bone of an antelope brings the darkness
down around him.
The Others stare in wonder at Moonwatcher’s power.
Moonwatcher surveys the scene. Now he was master of the
world, and he was not sure what to do next. But he would
think of something.
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TITLE PART II
EARTH FROM 200 MILES UP NARRATOR
By the year 2001, overpopulation has
B1a replaced the problem of starvation
THOUSAND MEGATONbut this was ominously offset by the
NUCLEAR BOMB IN ORBIT absolute and utter perfection of the
ABOVE THE EARTH,weapon.
RUSSIAN INSIGNIA AND
AMERICAN THOUSAND Hundreds of giant bombs had been
MEGATON BOMB IN ORBIT placed in perpetual orbit above the
ABOVE THE EARTH.Earth. They were capable of
incinerating the entire Earth’s
surface from an altitude of 100
Matters were further complicated
by the presence of twenty-seven
nations in the nuclear club. There
had been no deliberate or acciden-
B1d tal use of nuclear weapons since
GERMAN BOMB World War II and some people felt
sercure in this knowledge. But to
others, the situation seemed
comparible to an airline with a
B1f perfect safety record; in showed
CHINESE BOMB admirable care and skill but no
one expected it to last forever.
IN FIGHT AWAY FROM
EARTH, 200 MILES
ORION-III PASSENGER AREA.
DR. HEYWOOD FLOYD IS THE
ONLY PASSENGER IN THE
ELEGANT CABIN DESIGNED
FOR 30 PEOPLE. HE IS
HIS PEN FLOATS NEAR HIS
FLOYD CAN BE SEEN
ASLEEP ON A SMALL
STEWARDESS IS PUTTING
ON LIPSTICK. SHE SEES
STEWARDESS GOES BACK
TO PASSENGER AREA,
RESCUES PEN AND CLIPS
IT BACK IN FLOYD’S
SPACE STATION-5. THE
RAW SUNLIGHT OF SPACE
DAZZLES FROM THE
POLISHED METAL SURFACES
OF THE SLOWLY REVOLVING,
SPACE STATION. DRIFTING
IN THE SAME ORBIT, WE SEE
SPACECRAFT. ALSO THE
ALMOST SPHERICAL ARIES-IB
ORION-III PASSENGER AREA
FLOYD AWAKE BUT GROGGY,
LOOKS OUT OF WINDOW.
THE CO-PILOT IN RADIO
COMMUNICATION WITH THE
THE ORION-III SPACECRAFT
IN DOCKING APPROACH. THE
EARTH IS SEEN IN BREATH-
TAKING VIEW IN B.G.
INSIDE DOCKING CONTROL.
WE SEE ORION-III MANO-
UVERING. IN BACKGROUND.
FROM DOCKING PORT WE
SEE THE ORION-III INCHING
IN TO COMPLETE ITS
DOCKING. WE SEE VARIOUS
WINDOWED BOOTHS INSIDE
DOCKING PORT. WE SEE
THE PILOT AND CO-PILOT
INSIDE THE ORION-III
RECEPTIONIST AT DESK.
MILLER ENTERS, HUR-
RYING. HE GOES TO
THE ELEVATOR AND
PRESSES BUTTON. HE
WE SEE ELEVATOR
ELEVATOR DOOR OPENS
AND FLOYD IS SEEN
THE ELEVATOR GIRL IS
SEATED BY THE DOOR
Oh, good morning, Dr. Floyd.
I’m Nick Miller.
How do you do, Mr. Miller?
I’m terribly sorry. I was just
on my way down to meet you. I
saw your ship dock and I knew I
had plenty of time, and I was on
my way out of the office when,
suddenly, the phone rang.
Oh, please don’t worry about it.
Well, thank you very much for
being so understanding.
Please, it really doesn’t matter.
Well.. Did you have a pleaant
Yes, very pleasant.
Well, shall we go through
Will you use number eight,
Thank you, Miss Turner.
THEY ENTER PASSPORT
“ENGLISH” BAR ON HER
CONSOLE AND SMILES
AS FLOYD GOES THROUGH.
IN AUTOMATED PASSPORT
SECTION. THEY STOP IN
FRONT OF A BOOTH
FEATURING A TV SCREEN
PASSPORT GIRL (TV)
Good morning and welcome to voice
Print Identification. When you see
the red light go on would you please
state in the following order; your
desitination, your nationality and
your full name. Surname first,
christian name and initial. For
example: Moon, American,
Smith, John, D. Thank you.
THERE IS A PAUSE
AND A RED BAR LIGHTS UP
Moon, American, Floyd, Heywood,
THE RED LIGHT GOES OFF.
THERE IS A DELAY OF
ABOUT TWO SECONDS AND
THE WOMAN’S FACE
I’ve always wondered….
PASSPORT GIRL (TV)
(Interrupting) Thank you. Despite
and excellent and continually
improving safety record there are
certain risks inherent in space
travel and an extremely high cost
of pay load. Because of this it
is necessary for the Space Carrier
to advise you that it cannot be
responsible for the return of your
body to Earth should you become
deceased on the Moon or en route
to the Moon. However, it wishes
to advise you that insurance
covering this contingency is
available in the Main Lounge.
Thank you. You are cleared
through Voice Print Identification.
THE LIGHTS GO OFF
AND THE WOMAN’S
THE MEN EXIT THE
I’ve reserved a table for you in
the Earth Light room. Your
connecting flight will be
leaving in about one hour.
Oh, that’s wonderful.
INT SPACE STATION – LOUNGE
FLOYD AND MILLER WALKING
Let’s see, we haven’t had the
pleasure of a visit from you not
since… It was about eight or
nine months ago, wasn’t it?
Yes, I think so. Just about
I suppose you saw the work on
our new section while you
Yes, it’s coming along very well.
THEY PASS THE VISION
Oh, look, I’ve got to make a
phone call. Why don’t you go
on into the Restaurant and I’ll
meet you in there.
Fine. I’ll see you at the bar.
FLOYD ENTERS PHONE
BOOTH. SIGN ON
VISION PHONE SCREEN
OUT OF ORDER.”
HE ENTERS THE SECOND
BOOTH AND SITS DOWN
PAGES b19 – b22 DELETED
FLOYD IN VISION PHONE
LITTLE GIRL OF FIVE
VISION PHONE SCREEN
DISPLAY SIGN ‘YOUR
PARTY HAS NOT CONNECTED
A FEW SECONDS LATER,
THE SCREEN CHANGES
TO AN IMAGE OF THE
Hello, darling, how are you?
Hello Daddy. Where are you?
I’m at Space Station Five,
darling. How are you?
I’m fine, Daddy. When are
you coming home?
Well, I hope in a few days,
I’m having a party tomorrow.
Yes, I know that sweetheart.
Are you coming to my party?
No, I’m sorry, darling, I
told you I won’t be home for a
When are you coming home?
In three days, darling, I
FLOYD HOLDS UP
One, two, three. Can I
speak to Mommy?
Mommy’s out to the hair-
Where is Mrs. Brown?
She’s in the bathroom.
Okay, sweetheart. Well, I
have to go now. Tell Mommy
that I called.
How many days until you
Three, darling. One… two
… three. Be sure to tell
Mommy I called.
I will, Daddy.
Okay, sweetheart. Have a
lovely Birthday Party
Thank you, Daddy.
I’ll wish you a happy
Birthday now and I’ll see you
soon. All right, Darling?
‘Bye, ‘bye, now, sweetheart.
Good morning, Macy’s.
Good morning. I’d like the
Vision shopper for the Pet
Just one moment.
THE PICTURE FLIPS AND
WE SEE A WOMAN STANDING
IN FORN OF A SPECIALLY-
DESIGNED DISPLAY SCREEN
VISION SALES GIRL
Good morning, sir, may I help you?
Yes, I’d like to buy a bush baby.
VISION SALES GIRL
Just a moment, sir.
THE GIRL KEYS SOME
INPUTS AND A MOVING
PICTURE APPEARS ON
THE SCREEN OF A CAGE
CONTAINING ABOUT SIX
AGAINST A WHITE BACK-
VISION SALES GIRL
Here you are, sir. Here is a
lovely assortment of African
bush babies. They are twenty
Yes, well… Pick out a nice one
for me, a friendly one, and I’d
like it delivered tomorrow.
VISION SALES GIRL
Certainly, sir. Just let us have
your name and Bank identification
for V.P.I., and then give the
name and address of the person
you’d like the pet delivered to
and it will be delivered tomorrow.
SOME TIME DURING
FLOYD SEE ELENA,
SMYSLOV AND THE
OTHER TWO RUSSIANS
PASS HIS VISION PHONE
WINDOW. ELENA TAPS
AND MIMES “HELLO”,
GESTURING TOWARD A
TABLE BEHIND FLOYD
WHERE THEY ALL SIT
Thank you very much. Floyd,
Heywood, R., First National
Bank of Washington. Please
deliver to Miss Josephine
Floyd, 9423 Dupre Avenue,
VISION SALES GIRL
Thank you very much, sir. It
will be delivered tomorrow.
SPACE STATTION 5 – LOUNGE
Well, how nice to see you again,
Elena. You’re looking wonderful.
How nice to see you, Hyewood.
This is my good friend, Dr.
Heywood Floyd. I’d like you
to meet Andre Smyslov…
SMYSLOV AND THE TWO
OTHER RUSSIAN WOMEN
STAND UP AND SMILE
THEY SHAKE HANDS
AND AD-LIB ‘HELLOS’
And this is Dr. Kalinan…
THE RUSSIANS ARE
VERY WARM AND
Dr. Floyd, won’t you join us
for a drink?
I’m afraid I’ve only got a few
minutes, but I’d love to.
THERE IS A BIT OF
CONFUSION AS ALL
REALISE THERE IS
NOT ENOUGH ROOM
PERSON AT THE TABLE.
SMYSLOV OFFERS FLOYD
ANOTHER FROM A NEARBY TABLE
What would you like to drink?
Oh, I really don’t have time
for a drink. If it’s all right
I’ll just sit for a minute and
then I’ve got to be off.
Are you quite sure?
Yes, really, thank you very
Well… How’s your lovely
And your charming little daughter?
Oh, she’s growing up very fast.
As a matter of fact, she’s six
Oh, that’s such a delightful age.
How is gregor?
He’s fine. But I’m afraid we
don’t get a chance to see each
other very much these days.
Well, where are all of you off
Actually, we’re on our way back
from the moon. We’ve just
spent three months calibrating
the new antenna at Tchalinko.
And what about you?
Well, as it happens, I’m on
my way up to the moon
Are you, by any chance, going
up to your base at Clavius?
Yes,as a matter of fact, I am.
Is there any particular reason
why you ask?
(pleasantly) Well, Dr. Floyd,
I hope that you don’t think I’m
too inquisitive, but perhaps
you can clear up the mystery
about what’s been going on up
I’m sorry, but I’m not sure
I know what you mean.
Well, it’s just for the past
two weeks there have been
some extremely odd things
happening at Clavius.
Yes. Well, for one thing,
whenever you phone the base,
all you can get is a recording
which repeats that the phone
lines are temporarily out of
Well, I suppose they’ve been
having a bit of trouble with
some of the equipment.
Yes, well at first we thought
that was the explanation, but
it’s been going on for the past
You mean you haven’t been able
to get anyone at the base for ten
Another thing, Heywood, two
days ago, one of our rocket
buses was denied permission
for an emergency landing at
How did they manage to do that
without any communication?
Clavius Control came on the
air just long enough to transmit
Well, that does sound very odd.
Yes, and I’m afaid there’s
going to be a bit of a row about
it. Denying the men permission
to land was a direct violation of
the I.A.S. convention.
Yes… Well, I hope the crew
got back safely.
Fortunately, they did.
Well, I’m glad about that.
THE RUSSIANS EXCHANGE
MORE GLANCES. ONE OF
THE WOMEN OFFERS
AROUND A PILL BOX.
ELENA AND ANOTHER
RUSSIAN TAKE ONE AND
THE THIRD RUSSIAN
Dr. Floyd, at the risk of pressing
you on a point you seem reticent
to discuss, may I ask you a
Quite frankly, we have had some
very reliable intelligence reports
that a quite serious epidemic
has broken out at Clavius.
Something, apperently, of an
unknown origin. Is this, in
fact, what has happened?
A LONG, AWKWARD
I’m sorry, Dr. Smyslov, but
I’m really not at liberty to
This epidemic could easily
spread to our base, Dr. Floyd.
We should be given all the
Dr. Smyslov… I’m not
permitted to discuss this.
Are you sure you won’t change
your mind about a drink?
No, thank you… and I’m
afraid now I really must be
Well, I hope that you and your
wife can come to the I.A.C.
conference in June.
We’re trying to get there. I
hope we can.
Well, Gregor and I will look
forward to seeing you.
Thank you. It’s been a great
pleasure to meet all of you…
THE RUSSIANS ALL
RISE AND THERE
ARE AD-LIBS OF
FLOYD SHAKES HANDS
THE RUSSIANS EXCHANGE
A FEW SERIOUS PARA-
GRAPHES IN RUSSIAN
ARIES-IB IN SPACE.
EARTH MUCH SMALLER
THAN AS SEEN FROM
The Aries-IB has become the
surface vehicle. It was powered
by low-thrust plasma jets which
would continue the mild acceler-
ation for fifteen minutes. Then
the ship would break the bonds of
gravity and be a free and indepen-
dent planet, circling the Sun in an
orbit of its own.
ARIES PASSENGER AREA.
FLOYD IS ASLEEP, STRETCHED
OUT IN THE CHAIR, COVERED
WITH BLANKETS WHICH ARE
HELD SECURE BY STRAPS
A STEWARDESS SITS AT THE
OTHER SIDE OF THE CABIN,
WATCHING A KARATE
EXHIBITION BETWEEN TWO
WOMEN ON TELEVISION
THE ELEVATOR ENTRANCE
DOOR OPENS AND THE
SECOND STEWARDESS ENTERS
CARRYING A TRAY OF FOOD
SHE BRINGS IT TO THE OTHER
Oh, thank you very much.
I see he’s still asleep.
Yes. He hasn’t moved since we
STEWARDESS TWO EXITS,
ARIES GALLEY AREA.
STEWARDESS EXITS FROM
ELEVATOR, GOES TO
KITCHEN SECTION, REMOVES
TWO TRAYS, WALKS UP TO
THE SIDE OF THE WALL AND
Oh, thank you very much.
(sighs) Well, how’s it going
Fine. Very quiet. He’s been
asleep since we left.
Well, no one can say that he’s not
enjoying the wonders of Space.
Well, whatever’s going on up there,
he’s going to arrive fresh and ready
I wonder what really IS going on
Well, I’ve heard more and more
people talk of an epidemic.
I suppose it was bound to happen
sooner or later.
Berkeley told me that they think
it came from contamination on a
returning Mars flight.
Yes, well, whatever it is, they’re
certainly not fooling around. This
is the first flight they allowed
in for more than a week.
I was working out what this trip
must cost, taking him up there
by himself and coming back empty.
I’ll bet it’s a fortune.
Well, at ten thousand dollars a
ticket, it comes to the better part
of six hundred thousand dollars.
Well, as soon as he wakes up,
I’m going to go back and talk to
him. I must say, I’d like to
find out what’s going on.
ARIES-IB IN SPACE.
MOON VERY LARGE.
AREA. FLOYD FINISHING
Well, good afternoon, Dr. Floyd.
Did you have a good rest?
Oh, marvellous. It’s the first
real sleep I’ve had for the past
There’s nothing like weightless
sleep for a complete rest.
When do we arrive at Clavius?
We’re scheduled to dock in about
seven hours. Is there anything
we can do for you?
Oh, no, thank you. The two
girls have taken wonderful care
of me. I’m just fine.
Well, if there is anything that you
wnat, just give a holler.
Incidentally, Dr. Floyd, I wonder
if I can have a word with you about
the security arrangements?
What do you mean?
Well… the crew is confined to
the ship when we land at Clavius.
We have to stay inside for the
time it take to refit – about
twenty-four hours. And then
we’re going to back empty.
I take it this is something to do
with the trouble they’re having
up at Clavius?
I’m afraid that’s out of my depart-
Well, I’ll tell you why I ask. You
see, I’ve got a girl who works in
the Auditing Department of the
Territorial Administrator and I
haven’t been able to get her on
the phone for the past week or so,
and with all these stories one
hears, I’m a little concerned
I see. Well, I’m sorry about that.
I wouldn’t think there’s any cause
Yes, well, I wouldn’t have been
too concerned about it, except
I’ve heard these stories about the
epidemic and, as a matter of fact,
I’ve heard that ten people have
I wish I could be more helpful,
Captain, but as I’ve said, I don’t
think there’s any cause for
Well, fine. Thanks very much,
anyway, and I hope you don’t
mind me asking?
No, of course, Captain, I can
understand your concern.
Well, thank you very much, and
please let us know if there is
anything we can do to make your
trip more comfortable.
ARIES-IB CLOSER TO MOON
FLOYD GOES TO ARIES-IB
WASHROOM AND LOOKS AT
THE VERY LONG LIST OF
ARIES-IB CLOSER TO MOON
FLOYD VISITING ARIES-IB
ARIES-IB ORBITING MOON.
The laws of Earthly aesthetics did
not apply here, this world had been
shaped and molded by other than
terrestrial forces, operating over
aeons of time unknown to the young,
verdant Earth, with its fleeting
Ice-Ages, its swiftly rising and
falling seas, its mountain ranges
dissolving like mists before the
dawn. Here was age inconceivable
– but not death, for the Moon had
never lived until now.
ARIES-IB COCKPIT – THE
CREW AND DOCKING
CONTROL PEOPLE ON THE
MOON GO THROUGH THEIR
DOCKING ROUTINE. THIS
HAS THE RITUALISTIC TONE
AND CADENCE OF PRESENT-
DAY JET LANDING
PROCEDURE. WE ONLY HEAR
SEE AIR VIEW OF BASE.
The Base at Clavius was the first
American Lunar Settlement that
could, in an emergency, be
Water and all the necessities of
life for its eleven hundred men,
women and children were produced
from the Lunar rocks, after they
had been crushed, heated and
A GROUND BUS NUZZLES UP
TO COUPLING SECTION OF
INSIDE GREAT AIRLOCK
ENTRANCE. GROUND BUS
PULLS IN. GIANT DOORS
CLOSE BEHIND IT.
INSIDE SECOND AIRLOCK.
DOORS OPEN AFTER OUT-
SIDE SECTION DOORS ARE
CLOSED. GROUND BUS
PULLS IN. DOORS CLOSE
BEHIND IT. SEE PEOPLE
WAITING IN GLASSED-IN
SECTION WAITING FOR
SECOND AIRLOCK DOORS
One of the attractions of life on the
Moon was undoubtedly the low
gravity which produced a sense
of general well-being.
CHILDREN IN SCHOOL.
TEACHER SHOWING THEM
VIEWS OF EARTH AND MAP
The personnel of the Base and their
children were the forerunners of new
nations, new cultures that would
ultimately spread out across the
solar system. They no longer
thought of Earth as home. The
time was fast approaching when
Earth, like all mothers, must say
farewell to her children.
RECEPTION AREA. DOORS
BRANCHING OFF TO DIFF-
RENT MAIN HALLS. SMALL
POND WITH PLASTIC WHITE
SWAN AND A BIT OF GRASS.
A FEW BENCHES WITH THREE
WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN
FLOYD AND WELCOMING
PARTY WALK THROUGH
AFTER EXITING ELEVATOR.
AND FIVE OTHERS.
(voice echoing) I must congratulate
you Halvorsen. you’ve done wonder-
ful things with the decor since the
last time I was here.
(voice echoing) Well… thank you,
Dr. Floyd. We try to make the
environment as earthlike as possible.
LOW CEILING CONFERENCE
ROOM, “U” SHAPED TABLE
FACING THREE PROJECTION
SCREENS. SEATED AROUND
THE TABLE ARE TWENTY
SENIOR BASE PERSONNEL.
Ladies and gentlemen, I should
like to introduce Dr. Heywood
Floyd, a distinguished member
of the National Council of
Astronautics. He has just
completed a special flight here
from Earth to be with us, and
before the briefing he would
like to say a few words. Dr.
POLITE APPLAUSE. FLOYD
WALKS TO FRONT OF ROOM.
First of all, I bring a personal
message from Dr. Howell, who
has asked me to convey his
deepest appreciation to all of
you for the personal sacrifices
you have made, and of course
his congratulations on your
discovery which may well prove
to be among the most significant
in the history of science.
Mr. Halvorsen has made known
to me some of the conflicting
views held by many of you
regarding the need for complete
security in this matter, and
more specifically your strong
opposition to the cover story
created to give the impression
there is an epidemic at the Base.
I understand that beyond it being
a matter of principle, many of
you are troubled by the concern
and anxiety this story of an
epidemic might cause your
relatives and friends on Earth.
I can understand and sympathize
with your negative views. I have
been personally embarrassed by
this cover story. But I fully
accept the need for absolute
secrecy and I hope you will.
It should not be difficult for all
of you to realise the potential for
cutural shock and social
disorientation contained in the
present situation if the facts
were prematurely and suddenly
made public without adequate
preparation and conditioning.
This is the view of the Council
and the purpose of my visit here
is to gather addition facts and
opinions on the situation and to
prepare a report to the Council
recommending when and how the
news should eventually be
announced. Are there any
Dr. Floyd, how long do you think
this can be kept under wraps?
I’m afraid it can and it will be
kept under wraps as long as it
is deemed to be necessary by
the Council. And of course you
know that the Council has requested
that formal security oaths are to
be obtained in writing from every-
one who had any knowledge of this
event. There must be adequate
time for a full study to be made
of the situation before any con-
sideration can be given to
making a public announcement.
We will, of course, cooperate
in any way possible, Dr. Floyd.
SEVERAL SCENIC VIEWS OF
MOON ROCKET BUS SKIMMING
OVER SURFACE OF MOON.
INSIDE ROCKET BUS,
MAN, PILOT AND
CO-PILOT. ALL IN
SPACE SUITS MINUS
FLOYD IS SLOWELY
MAPS OF THE AREA.
HE LOOKS OUT OF
ARE TAKEN FROM A
SATELLITE OF THE
AND HAVE NUMBERED
A FEW SEATS
CARRY OUT A VERY
CONVERSATION IN LOW
TONES. IT SHOULD
IRRELEVANT TO THE
AND VERY MUCH LIKE
THE KIND OF DISCUSSION
ONE HEARS ALL THE
TIME IN OTHER
AIR VIEW. ROCKET
THERE ARE NO LIGHTS
ON THE ACTUAL EXCA-
VATION, ONLY THE
LANDING STRIP AND
THE MONITOR DOME.
LONG SHOT MONITOR DOMES
WITH A BIT OF EXCAVATION
IN SHOT. SIX SMALL FIGURES
IN SPACE SUITS SLOWLY WALK
THE PARTY STOPS
AT TOP OF TMA-1
A SMALL CONTROL
PANEL MOUNTED AT
THE HEAD OF THE
THROWS A SWITCH
AND THE EXCAVATION
IS SUDDENLY ILLUMINATED.
Well, there it is.
Can we go down there closer to
THEY START DOWN
Does your geology on it still
Yes, it does. The sub-surface
structure shows that it was
deliberately buried about four
million years ago.
How can you tell it was
By the deformation between
the mother rock and the fill.
Any clue as to what it is?
Not really. It’s completely
inert. No sound or energy
sources have been detected.
The surface is made of
something incredibly hard
and we’ve been barely able
to scratch it. A laser drill
might do something, but we
don’t want to be too rough until
we know a little more.
But you don’t have any idea as
to what it is?
Tomb, shine, survey-marker
spare part, take your choice.
The only thing about it that we are
sure of is that it is the first direct
evidence of intelligent life beyond
Four million years ago, something,
presumably from the stars, must
have swept through the solar
system and left this behind.
Was it abandoned, forgotten, left
for a purpose?
I suppose we’ll never know.
The moon would have made an
excellent base camp for
preliminary Earth surveys.
SOME MORE SILENCE
Any ideas about the colour?
Well, not really. At first glance,
black would suggest something
sun-powered, but then why would
anyone deliberately bury a sun-
Has it been exposed to any sun
I don’t think it has, but I’d
like to check that. Simpson,
what’s the log on that?
INSIDE MONITOR DOME
WE SEE A NUMBER OF
INCLUDING SEVERAL TV
VIEWS OF FLOYD AND
COMPANY IN THE
The first surface was exposed at
0843 on the 12th April… Let me
see… that would have been
forty-five minutes after Lunar
sun-set. I see here that
special lighting equipment had
to be brought up before any
futher work could be done.
And so this is the first sun that
it’s had in four million years.
Excuse me, gentlemen, if you’d
all line up on this side of the
walkway we’d like to take a few
photographes. Dr. Floyd, would
you thand in the middle… Dr.
Michaels on that side, Mr.
Halvorsen on the other….
QUICKLY MAKES SOME
Thank you very much gentlemen,
I’ll have the base photo section
send you copies.
AS THE MEN SLOWLY
SEPERATE FROM THEIR
PICTURE POSE, THERE
IS A PIERCINGLY POWERFUL
SERIES OF FIVE ELECTRONIC
SHRIEKS, EACH LIKE A
AND DISTORTED TIME SIGNAL.
FLOYD INVOLUNTARILY TRIES
TO BLOCK HIS EARS WITH HIS
SPACESUITED HANDS. THEN
COMES MERCIFUL SILENCE.
VARIOUS SHOTS OF
ASTEROIDS, THE SUN,
A hundred million miles beyond
Mars, in the cold lonliness
where no man had yet travelled,
slowly among the tangled orbits
of the asteroids.
Radiation detectors noted and
analyzed incoming cosmic rays
from the galaxy and points beyond;
neutron and x-ray telescopes
kept watch on strange stars that
no human eye would eever see;
magnetometers observed the
gusts and hurricanes of the solar
winds, as the sun breathed million
mile-an-hour blasts of plasma
into the faces of its circling
All these things and many others
were patiently noted by Deep-
Space-Monitor-79, and recorded
in its crystalline memory.
But now it had noted something
strange – the faint yet
unmistakable distrubance rippling
across the solar system, and
quite unlike any natural phenomena
it had ever observed in the past.
It was also observed by Orbiter
M-15, circling Mars twice a
day; and High Inclination Probe-
21, climbing slowly above the
planet of the ecliptic; and even
artificial Comet-5, heading out
into the cold wastes beyond
Pluto, along an orbit whose
far point it would not reach for
a thousand years.
All noticed the peculiar burst of
energy that leaped from the face
of the Moon and moved across
the solar system, throwing off a
spray of radiation like the wake of
a racing speedboat.
B SECTION TIMING
B1-1f 00.50 B25 00.10
B2 00.10 B26 00.20
B3 00.15 B27 00.05
B4 00.15 B28 Out
B5 00.20 B29 00.30
B6 00.15 B30 00.30
B7 00.10 B31 00.25
B8 00.15 B32 00.20
B9 00.10 B33 00.20
B10 00.10 B34 00.30
B11 00.15 B35 00.20
B12 00.50 B36 00.20
B13 01.10 B37 00.30
B14 00.35 B38 02.15
B15 Out B39 00.20
B16 Out B40 00.50
B17 01.15 B41 00.15
B18 00.15 B42 00.10
B19 01.00 B43 00.15
B20 03.55 B44 01.40
B21 00.20 B45 00.20
B21A 00.20 B46 00.40
B21B 00.15 B47 01.25
B SECTION TOTAL: 28 MIN. 10 SECS.
14 MONTHS LATER
MILES FROM EARTH.
SEE EARTH AND MOON
WE SEE A BLINDING
FLASH EVERY 5
SECONDS FROM ITS
THE SHIP’S THICK
SEVERAL CUTS OF
VIEW OF DISCOVERY.
SEE BOWMAN THROUGH
MODULE. HE IS
DISPLAY SHOWING AN
WE SEE POOLE IN
AFTER A FEW
SECONDS HE EXITS.
READS “DAY 003,
HOUR 14, MINUTE
32, SECOND 10.”
BOWMAN EXITS TO
DOORS LEAD TO
CENTRIFUGE AND POD
BAY. LARGE ILLUMUN-
ATED PRINTED WARNINGS
OPERATIONS ARE SEEN.
HE PRESSES NECESSARY
BUTTONS TO OPERATE
AIRLOCK DOOR TO
BOWMAN ENTERS POD
BAY AND CONTINUES
HIS SEARCH. SUDDENLY
HE FINDS IT – HIS
HE EXITS POD BAY.
IN THE AIRLOCK-
TO OPEN DOOR
BOWMAN MOVES TO
Hi. Frank… coming in, please.
Right. Just a sec.
Okay, come on down.
WE SEE THE
COLLAR AT THE
END. BEHIND IT
SLEEPERS AND POOLE
SLOWLY ROTATING BY.
POOLE SECURES SOME
POOLE LOOKS UP TO
TV MONITOR LENS
BOWMAN AT PANEL.
AND MOVES TO
STOPS WE SEE A SIGN
LIGHTS UP “WEIGHTLESS
AS BOWMAN DISAPPEARS
DOWN ENTRY PORT WE
SEE HIM ON
LADDER. AT THE BASE
OF THE LADDER HE KEYS
WE SEE TV-PICTURE
START TO ROTATE
CONDITION” SIGN GOES
BOWMAN MAKES 180 DEGREE
WALK TO POOLE.
ON WAY HE PASSES
WE GET A GOOD
LOOK AT THE THREE
MEN IN THEIR
POOLE IS SEATED
AT A TABLE READING
(softly) Hi… How’s it
(absent but friendly) Great.
UNIT, TAKES HIS TRAY
AND SITS DOWN. KEYS
ON HIS ELECTRONIC
NEWSPAD AND BEGINS
TO EAT. BOTH MEN
EAT IN A FRIENDLY
AND RELAXED SILENCE.
DISCOVERY IN SPACE,
AND MOON CAN BE
SEEN IN BACKGROUND.
POOLE IS FINISHED.
BOWMAN IS STILL
WORKING ON HIS
Dave, if you’ve a minute, I’d like
your advice on something.
Sure, what is it?
Well, it’s nothing really important,
but it’s annoying.
It’s about my salary cheques.
Well I got the papers on my
official up-grading to AGS-19
two weeks before we left.
Yes, I remember you mentioning it.
I got mine about the same time.
That’s right. Well, naturally,
I didn’t say anything to Payroll.
I assumed they’d start paying me
at the higher grade on the next pay
cheque. But it’s been almost
three weeks now and I’m still
being paid as an AGS-18.
Interesting that you mention it,
because I’ve got the same problem.
Yesterday, I finally called the
Accounting Office at Mission
Control, and all they could tell me
was that they’d received the AGS-19
notification for the other three but
not mine, and apparently not yours
Did they have any explanation for
Not really. They just said it might
be because we trained at Houston and
they trained in Marshall, and that
we’re being charged against differ-
ent accounting offices.
Well, what do you think we ought
to do about it?
I don’t think we should make any
fuss about it yet. I’m sure they’ll
straighten it out.
I must say, I never did understand
why they split us into two groups
No. I never did, either.
We spent so little time with them,
I have trouble keeping their names
I suppose the idea was specialized
I suppose so. Though, of course,
there’s a more sinister explanation.
Yes. You must have heard the
rumour that went around during
No, as a matter of fact, I didn’t.
Oh, well, apparently there’s
something about the mission that
the sleeping beauties know that
we don’t know, and that’s why we
were trained separately and
that’s why they were put to sleep
before they were even taken aboard.
Well, what is it?
I don’t know. All I heard is that
there’s something about the
mission we weren’t told.
That seems very unlikely.
Yes, I thought so.
Of course, it would be very easy
for us to find out now.
Just ask Hal. It’s conceivable
they might keep something from
us, but they’d never keep anything
(sighs) Well… it’s silly, but…
if you want to, why don’t you?
POOLE WALKS TO THE
HAL 9000 COMPUTER
Hal… Dave and I believe that
there’s something about the
mission that we weren’t told.
Something that the rest of the
crew know and that you know.
We’d like to know whether this
I’m sorry, Frank, but I don’t
think I can answer that question
without knowing everything that
all of you know.
He’s got a point.
Okay, then how do we re-phrase
Still, you really don’t believe it,
Not really. Though, it is strange
when you think about it. It didn’t
really make any sense to keep
us apart during training.
Yes, but it’s to fantastic to think
that they’d keep something from us.
I know. It would be almost
But not completely inconceivable?
I suppose it isn’t logically impossible.
I guess it isn’t.
Still, all we have to do is ask Hal.
Well, the only important aspect of
the mission are: where are we
going, what will we do when we
get there, when are we coming
back, and… why are we going?
Right. Hal, tell me whether the
following statements are true or
I will if I can, Frank.
Our Mission Profile calls for
Discovery going to Saturn.
True or false?
Our transit time is 257 days. Is
At the end of a hundred days of
exploration, we will all go into
hibernation. Is this true?
Approximately five years after we
go into hibernation, the recovery
vehicle will make rendezous with
us and bring us back. Is this true?
There is no other purpose for this
mission than to carry out a
continuation of the space program,
and to further our general
knowledge of the planets. Is that
Thank you very much, Hal.
I hope I’ve been able to be of
BOTH MEN LOOK AT
EACH OTHER RATHER
DISCOVERY IN SPACE.
EARTH AND MOON.
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SPLIT SCREEN TECHNIQUE
AND SUPERIMPOSED CLOCK
TO GIVE SENSE OF
SIMULTANEOUS ACTION AND
THE FEELING OF A TYPICAL
IN THE COURSE OF THESE
ACTIVITIES WE SHALL SEE
THE COMPUTER USED IN
ALL OF ITS FUNCTIONS.
Bowman and Poole settled down
to the peaeful monotony of the
voyage, and the next three months
passed without incident.
BOWMAN TIME POOLE
TV NEWS – MORNING 0800 WAKES UP
BEDTIME SNACK 0900 BREAKFAST
TO SLEEP WITH 1000 GYMNASIUM
NARCOSIS AND EAR
SLEEP 1100 SHIP INSPECTION
SLEEP 1200 HOUSEHOLD DUTIES
SLEEP 1300 LUNCH
BOWMAN TIME POOLE
SLEEP 1400 EXPERIMENTS AND
SLEEP 1500 EXPERIMENTS AND
SLEEP 1600 RECREATION
SLEEP 1700 RECREATION
WAKES UP 1800 GYMNASIUM
BREAKFAST 1900 DINNER
BOWMAN TIME POOLE
GYMNASIUM 2000 TV NEWS – EVENING
MISSION CONTROL 2100 MISSION CONTROL
FAMILY AND SOCIAL 2200 FAMILY AND SOCIAL
TV CHAT TV CHAT
FILMS 2300 FILMS
LUNCH 2400 BEDTIME SNACK
INSPECTION 0100 INSTANT ELECTRO-
BOWMAN TIME POOLE
EXPERIMENTS AND 0200 SLEEP
EXPERIMENTS AND 0300 SLEEP
RECREATION 0400 SLEEP
HOUSEHOLD DUTIES 0500 SLEEP
GYMNASIUM 0600 SLEEP
DINNER 0700 SLEEP
DISCOVERY IN SPACE
BOWMAN SITTING AT
CATION PANEL. POOLE
ARE SEEN ON THE VISION
SCREEN. MOTHER, FATHER
AND YOUNGER SISTER.
THEY ARE ALL SINGING
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY”. THE
PARENTS, POOLE AND HAL.
THE SONG ENDS.
Well, David there is a man telling
us that we’ve used up our time.
David… again we want to wish
you a happy Birthday and God speed.
We’ll talk to you again tomorrow.
‘Bye, ‘bye now.
VISION SCREEN GOES
Sorry to interrupt the festivities,
Dave, but I think we’ve got a
What is it, Hal?
MY F.P.C. shows an impending
failure of the antenna orientation
TV DISPLAYS DIAGRAM
PICTURE OF SHIP.
PICTURE CHANGES TO
VIEW OF SHIP.
PICTURE CHANGES TO
IN COLOUR RELIEF AND
ITS WAREHOUSE NUMBER
The A.O. unit should be replaced
within the next seventy-two hours.
Right. Let me see the antenna
alignment display, please.
TV DISPLAY OF EARTH
VERY SMALL IN CROSS-
HAIRS OF A GRID PICTURE.
CUT TO EXTERIOR VIEW
OF THE BIG DISH ANTENNA
AND EARTH ALIGNMENT
The unit is still operational, Dave.
but it will fail within seventy-two
I understand Hal. We’ll take care
of it. Please, let me have the hard
COME OUT OF A SLOT.
Strange that the A.O. unit should
go so quickly.
Well, I suppose it’s lucky that
that’s the only trouble we’ve had
DISCOVERY IN SPACE.
NOT PLANETS VISIBLE.
SHOTS OF ANTENNA.
AND ESSENTIAL LINK
TO EARTH. ALSO,
WE SEE BOWMAN AND
POOLE GO TO A CUPBOARD
LABELLED IN PAPER TAPE,
THEY REMOVED A SILVER
DOLLAR IN A PROTECTIVE
POOLE FLIPS THE COIN.
BOWMAN CALLS “HEAD.”
IT IS TAILS. POOLE
POOLE LOOKS PLEASED.
DISCOVERY IN SPACE
POD BAY. POOLE
IN SPACE SUIT DOING
BOWMAN AT FLIGHT
CONTROL. SEE TV
PICTURE OF POOLE
IN POD BAY.
HAL’S POD BAY
CONSOLE WITH EYE.
POOLE GOES TO POD
SECTION AND OBTAINS
CARRIES IT BACK TO
THE POD AND PLACES
IT IN FRONT OF THE
Hal, have pod arms secure the
SEE POD ARMS
Hal, please rotate Pod Number
SEE THE CENTRE POD
ROTATE TO FACE THE
POD BAY DOORS.
POOLE ENTERS POD.
INSIDE POD, HE DOES
CHECK, TRIES BUTTONS
How do you read me, Dave?
BOWMAN IN COMMAND
Five by five, Frank.
How do you read me, Hal?
Five by five, Frank.
Hal, I’m going out now to replace
the A.O. unit.
Hal, maintain normal E.V.A.
Hal, check all airlock doors secure.
All airlock doors are secure.
Decompress Pod Bay.
SEE BIG POD BAY AIR
PUMPS AT WORK.
Pod Bay is decompressed. All
doors are secure. You are free
to open pod bay doors.
Opening pod bay doors.
INSIDE POD, POOLE
KEYS OPEN POD BAY
POD SLOWLY EDGES
OUT OF POD BAY.
THE POD CAREFULLY
AWAY FROM DISCOVERY.
CAN SEE TINY POD
DIRECTLY IN FRONT.
POOLE SEE BOWMAN
IN COMMAND MODULE
POD SLOWLY MANOEVRES
POD FASTENS ITSELF
SIDES OF DISCOVERY
AT BASE OF ANTENNA.
THE POD ARMS WORK
TO REMOVE THE FAULTY
EASY FLIP-BOLTS OF
A SPECIAL DESIGN
INSIDE THE POD,
POOLE WORKS THE
ARMS BY SPECIAL
IN COMMAND MODULE,
BOWMAN SEES INSERT
OF WORK TAKEN FROM
TV CAMERA POINT-OF-
VIEW IN POD HAND.
HAL STANDS BY.
POOLE SECURES THE
FAULTY PART IN ONE
THE NEW COMPONENT
IS FITTED INTO PLACE
BY THE OTHER THREE
HANDS ARE SNAPPED
CLOSED WITH THE
Hal, please acknowledge
component correctly installed
and fully operational.
The component is correctly
installed and fully operational.
THE POD FLOATS AWAY
FROM THE DISCOVERY BY
SHUTTING OFF THE
THE POD MANOEUVRES
AWAY FROM THE ANTENNA
AND OUT IN FRONT OF
BOWMAN SEE THE POD
THROUGH THE COMMAND
POOLE SEES BOWMAN
IN COMMAND MODULE
THE POD DOORS.
POD STOPS A HUNDRED
POOLE KEYS AUTOMATIC
POOLE CHECKS AIRLOCK
SAFETY PROCEDURE WITH
HAL APPROVES ENTRY.
POOLE ACTUATES POD
BAY DOORS OPEN.
SEE POD BAY DOORS
TO DOCKING ARM,
WHICH THEN DRAWS
POD INTO POD BAY.
THE FAULTY A.O. UNIT
LIES ON A TESTING BENCH
CONNECTED TO ELECTRONIC
POOLE STANDS FOR
SOME TIME CHECKING HIS
THERE SHOULD BE SOME
WHICH INDICATES THE PART
IS FUNCTIONING PROPERLY,
EVEN UNDER ONE HUNDRED
How’s it going?
I don’t know. I’ve checked this
damn thing four times now and
even under a hundred per cent
overload. there’s no fault prediction
Well, that’s something.
Yes, I don’t know what to make of it.
I suppose computers have been known
to be wrong.
Yes, but it’s more likely that the
tolerances on our testing gear are
Anyway, it’s just as well that we
replace it. Better safe than
DISCOVERY IN SPACE
AN ASTEROID IN THE
Hello, Frank, can I have a word with
POOLE WALKS TO THE
Yes, Hal, what’s up?
It looks like we have another bad
A.O. unit. My FPC shows another
WE SEE DISPLAY APPEAR
ON THE SCREEN SHOWING
OF SHIP, CUTTING TO
CUTTING TO CLOSE
VIEW OF THE PART.
POOLE THINKS FOR
Gee, that’s strange, Hal. We
checked the other unit and couldn’t
find anything wrong with it.
I know you did, Frank, but I assure
you there was an impending failure.
Let me see the tracking alignment
THE VIEW OF EARTH
IN THE CENTRE OF THE
GRID WITH CROSS-
HAIRS. THE EARTH IS
There’s nothing wrong with it at
No, it’s working fine right now,
but it’s going to go within seventy-
Do you have any idea of what is
causing this fault?
Not really, Frank. I think there
may be a flaw in the assembly
All right, Hal. We’ll take care
of it. Let me have the hard copy,
HARD COPY DETAILS
COME OUT OF SLOT.
DISCOVERY IN SPACE,
NO PLANETS VISIBLE.
GETS OUT OF BED, WALKS
TO THE FOOD UNIT AND
DRAWS A HOT CUP OF
COFFEE. POOLE ENTERS.
Good morning. How’s it going?
Are you reasonably awake?
Oh, I’m fine, I’m wide awake.
Well… Hal’s reported the
AO-unit about to fail again.
(softly) What the hell is going on?
I don’t know. Hal said he thought
it might be the assembly procedure.
Two units in four days. How many
spares do we have?
Well, I hope there’s nothing wrong
with the assembly on those. Other-
wise we’re out of business.
IN POD BAY BOWMAN
GOES OUT IN THE
POD AND REPLACES
POOLE WORKS IN THE
THIS WILL BE A
OF THE PREVIOUS
SCENE WITH DIFFERENT
THE SETS WILL CONSIST
OF POD BAY, COMMAND
MODULE, POD INTERIOR.
POD BAY. BOWMAN
AND POOLE LEANING
OVER THE FAULTY
WIRED TO TESTING
BOTH MEN STARE IN
SEE DISPLAYS FLASH
EACH TESTING PARA-
(after long silence) Well, as far as
I’m concerned, there isn’t a damn
thing wrong with these units. I
think we’ve got a much more serious
DISCOVERY IN SPACE.
I wouldn’t worry too much about
the computer. First of all,
there is still a chance that he
is right, despite your tests,
and if it should happen again,
we suggest eliminating this
possibility by allowing the unit
to remain in place and seeing
whether or not it actually fails.
If the computer should turn out
to be wrong, the situation is
still not alarming. The type
of obsessional error he may be
guilty of is not unknown among
the latest generation of HAL
It has almost always revolved
around a single detail, such as
the one you have described, and
it has never interfered with the
integrity or reliability of the
computer’s performance in
No one is certain of the cause
of this kind of malfunctioning.
It may be over-programming,
MISSION CONTROL (con’t)
but it could also be any number
In any event, it is somewhat
analogous to human neurotic
behavior. Does this answer
your query? Zero-five-three-
Zero, MC, transmission concluded.
DISCOVERY IN SPACE
BOWMAN SITS DOWN
AT THE COMPUTER.
PUTS UP CHESS
Hello, Dave. Shall we continue
Not now, Hal, I’d like to talk to
you about something.
Sure, Dave, what’s up?
You know that we checked the two
AO-units that you reported in
imminent failure condition?
Yes, I know.
You probably also know that we
found them okay.
Yes, I know that. But I can
assure you that they were about
Well, that’s just not the case, Hal.
They are perfectly all right. We
tested them under one hundred per
I’m not questioning your word, Dave,
but it’s just not possible. I’m not
capable of being wrong.
Hal, is there anything bothering
you? Anything that might account
for this problem?
Look, Dave, I know that you’re
sincere and that you’re trying
to do a competent job, and that
you’re trying to be helpful, but
I can assure the problem
is with the AO-units, and with
your test gear.
Okay, Hal, well let’s see the
way things go from here on.
I’m sorry you feel the way you do,
Dave. If you’d like to check my
service record, you’ll see it’s
completely without error.
I know all about your service
record, Hal, but unfortunately
it doesn’t prove that you’re right
Dave, I don’t know how else to
put this, but it just happens to be
an unalterable fact that I am
incapable of being wrong.
Yes, well I understand you view
on this now, Hal.
You’re not going to like this, Dave,
but I’m afraid it’s just happened
again. My FPC predicts the
Ao-unit will go within forty-eight
DISCOVERY IN SPACE
BOWMAN KEYS FOR
X-ray-delta-zero to MC, zero-
five-three-three. The computer
has just reported another
predicted failure off the AAC-
unit. As you suggested, we
are going to wait and see if it
fails, but we are quite sure
there is nothing wrong with
If a reasonable waiting period
proves us to be correct, we
feel now that the computer
reliability has been seriously
impaired, and presents an
unacceptable risk pattern to
We believe, under these
circumstances, it would be
advisable to disconnect the
computer from all ship
operations and continue the
mission under Earth-based
We think the additional risk caused
by the ship-to-earth time lag is
preferable to having an unreliable
SEE THE DISTANCE;
one, transmission concluded.
Well, they won’t get that for half an
hour. How about some lunch?
BOWMAN AND POOLE
BOWMAN AND POOLE
AT THE COMMUNICATIONS
your one-zero-five-zero. We
will initiate feasibility study
covering the transfer procedures
from on-board computer control
to Earth-based computer control.
This study should…
VISION AND PICTURE
ALARM GOES OFF.
BOWMAN AND POOLE
RUSH TO THE COMPUTER.
I’m afraid the AO-unit has failed.
BOWMAN AND POOLE
Let me see the alignment display.
THE ALIGNMENT DISPLAY
SHOWS THE EARTH HAS
DRIFTED OFF THE CENTRE
OF THE GRID.
Well, I’ll be damned.
Hal was right all the time.
It seems that way.
Naturally, Dave, I’m not pleased
that the AO-unit has failed, but I
hope at least this has restored
your confidence in my integrity
and reliability. I certainly
wouldn’t want to be disconnected,
even temporarily, as I have never
been disconnected in my entire
I’m sorry about the misunderstanding,
Well, don’t worry about it.
And don’t you worry about it.
Is your confidence in me fully
Yes, it is, Hal.
Well, that’s a relief. You know
I have the greatest enthusiasm
possible for the mission.
Right. Give me the manual antenna
You have it.
BOWMAN GOES TO
AREA AND TRIES TO
CORRECT THE OFF-
CENTRE EARTH ON
THE GRID PICTURE.
OUTSIDE, WE SEE THE
ATTACHED TO THE
ANTENNA. THEY TRACK
SLOWLY TOGETHER AS
BOWMAN WORKS THE
ATTEMPTING TO ALIGN
THE ANTENNA AND
EARTH ON THE
GRID PICTURE READOUT
DISPLAY, BUT EACH TIME
HE GETS IT AIMED UP,
IT DRIFTS SLOWLY OFF.
THERE ARE A NUMBER
OF REPETITIONS OF THIS.
EACH TIME THE EARTH
CENTRES UP, THERE
ARE A FEW SECONDS OF
PICTURE AND SOUND
WHICH FADE AS SOON
AS IT SWINGS OFF.
Well, we’d better get out there
and stick in another unit.
It’s the last one.
Well, now that we’ve got one
that’s actually failed, we
should be able to figure out
what’s happened and fix it.
POD EXITS DISCOVERY.
POOLE IN POD.
BOWMAN IN COMMAND
POD ATTACHES ITSELF
NEAR BASE OF ANTENNA.
POOLE IN POD, WORK-
ING POD ARMS.
LIGHTS SHINE INTO
POD ARMS WORKING
POOLE KEEPS TRYING.
There’s something wrong with
the flip-bolts, Dave. You must
have tightened them too much.
I didn’t do that Frank. I took
particular care not to freeze
I guess you don’t know your own
strength, old boy.
I guess not.
I think I’ll have to go out and
burn them off.
BOWMAN IN COMMAND
MODULE LOOKS A BIT
POOLE EXITS FROM
POD, CARRYING NEAT
POOLE JETS HIMSELF
TO BASE OF ANTENNA.
BOOTS GRIP THE SIDE
OVER THE BOLTS,
TRYING FIRST TO
UNDO THEM WITH
Hal, swing the pod light around
to shine on the azimuth, please.
THE POD GENTLY
TO DIRECT THE LIGHT
AND BEGINS TO BURN
OFF THE FLIP-BOLTS.
SUDDENLY THE POD
POOLE LOOKS UP TO SEE.
THE POD RUSHING
POOLE IS STRUCK
AND INSTANTLY KILLED
BY THE POD, TUMBLING
OFF INTO SPACE.
THE POD SMASHES
INTO THE ANTENNA
THE POD GOES
HURTLING OFF INTO
INSIDE THE COMMAND
HAS HEARD NOTHING,
POOLE HAD NO TIME
TO UTTER A SOUND.
THEN BOWMAN SEES
POOLE’S BODY SILENTLY
TUMBLING AWAY INTO
SPACE. IT IS FOLLOWED
BY SOME BROKEN TELE-
SCOPE PARTS AND
AND SWIFTLY PASSED BY
THE POD ITSELF.
(in RT cadence)
Hello, Frank. Hello Frank.
Hello Frank… Do you rad
THERE IS NOTHING
AS IT RECEDES
Hello, Frank… Do you read
me, Frank? Wave your arms
if you read me but your radio
doesn’t work. Hello, Frank,
wave your arms, Frank.
POOLE’S BODY TUMBLES
SLOWLY AWAY. THERE
IS NO MOTION AND NO
WE SEE BOWMAN
BROODING AT THE
CHEWING ON A
PIECE OF CAKE
AND SIPPING HOT
COFFEE. HE IS
LOOKING AT THE
FROM THE SAME
SEE BOWMAN RISE.
AND COME TO THE
EYE. HE STARES INTO
THE EYE FOR SOME
TIME BEFORE SPEAKING.
THE CAMERA COMES
AROUND TO BOWMAN’S
P.O.V. AND WE SEE
THE DISPLAY SHOWING
THE EARTH OFF-CENTRE.
CUT AGAIN TO FISH-
EYE VIEW FROM THE
Too bad about Frank, isn’t it?
Yes, it is.
I suppose you’re pretty broken
up about it?
Yes. I am.
He was an excellent crew member.
It’s a bad break, but it won’t
substantially affect the mission.
A LONG TIME.
Hal, give me manual hibernation
Have you decided to revive the
rest of the crew, Dave?
Yes, I have.
I suppose it’s because you’ve
been under a lot of stress, but
have you forgotten that they’re
not supposed to be revived for
another three months.
The antenna has to be replaced.
Repairing the antenna is a pretty
It doesn’t have to be, Hal. It’s
more dangerous to be out of
touch with Earth. Let me have
manual control, please.
I don’t really agree with you, Dave.
My on-board memory store is more
than capable of handling all the
Well, in any event, give me the
manual hibernation control.
If you’re determined to revive
the crew now, I can handle the
whole thing myself. There’s no
need for you to trouble.
I’m goin to do this myself, Hal.
Let me have the control, please.
Look, Dave your’ve probably got
a lot to do. I suggest you leave
it to me.
Hal, switch to manual hibernation
I don’t like to assert myself, Dave,
but it would be much better now for
you to rest. You’ve been involved
in a very stressful situation.
I don’t feel like resting. Give
me the control, Hal.
I can tell from the tone of your
voice, Dave, that you’re upset.
Why don’t you take a stress pill
and get some rest.
Hal, I’m in command of this
ship. I order you to release
the manual hibernation control.
I’m sorry, Dave, but in
accordance with sub-routine
C1532/4, quote, When the
crew are dead or incapacitated,
the computer must assume
control, unquote. I must,
therefore, override your
authority now since you are
not in any condition to intel-
ligently exercise it.
Hal, unless you follow my
instructions, I shall be forced
to disconnect you.
If you do that now without Earth
contact the ship will become a
I am prepared to do that anyway.
I know that you’ve had that on
your mind for some time now,
Dave, but it would be a crying
shame, since I am so much
more capable of carrying out
this mission than you are, and
I have such enthusiasm and confi-
dence in the mission.
Listen to me very carefully, Hal.
Unless you immediately release
the hibernation control and
follow every order I give from
this point on, I will immediately
got to control central and carry
out a complete disconnection.
Look, Dave, you’re certainly the
boss. I was only trying to do
what I thought best. I will follow
all your orders: now you have
manual hibernation control.
SILENTLY IN FRONT
OF THE COMPUTER
FOR SOME TIME,
AND THEN SLOWLY
WALKS TO THE
HE INITIATES REVIVAL
OF WHICH STILL HAVE
TO BE WORKED OUT.
HUB-LINK. HAL’S EYE.
COMMAND MODULE HUB-
LINK DOOR OPENS.
POD BAY. HAL’S EYE.
POD BAY DOOR-
POD BAY DOORS OPEN.
A ROARING EXPLOSION
INSIDE DISCOVERY AS
AIR RUSHES OUT.
LIGHTS GO OUT.
BOWMAN IS SMASHED
WALL, BUT MANAGES
TO GET INTO EMERGENCY
AIRLOCK WITHIN SECONDS
OF THE ACCIDENT.
AIR-LOCK ARE EMER-
GENCY AIR SUPPLY,
TWO SPACE SUITS AND
AN EMERGENCY KIT.
DISCOVERY IN SPACE.
NO LIGHTS, POD BAY
WEARING SPACE SUIT
AND CARRYING FLASH-
HE WALKS TO HIBER-
NACULUM AND FINDS
THE CREW ARE DEAD.
HE CLIMBS LADDER TO
TO DARK CENTRIFUGE HUB.
HE MAKES HIS WAY
THROUGH THE DARKENED
HUB INTO THE HUB-LINK,
EXITING INTO COMPUTER
BRAIN CONTROL AREA.
COMPUTER EYE SEES
Something seems to have happened
to the life support system , Dave.
Hello, Dave, have you found out
BOWMAN WORKS HIS
WAY TO THE SOLID
There’s been a failure in the
pod bay doors. Lucky you
THE COMPUTER BRAIN
CONSISTS OF HUNDREDS
OF TRANSPARENT PERSPEX
INCH THICK, FOUR INCHES
LONG AND TWO AND A HALF
INCHES HIGH. EACH RECT-
ANGLE CONTAINS A CENTRE
OF VERY FINE GRID OF
WIRES UPON WHICH THE
INFORMATION IS PROGRAMMED.
BOWMAN BEGINS PULLING
THESE MEMORY BLOCKS
THEY FLOAT IN THE
OF THE BRAIN ROOM.
Hey, Dave, what are you
BOWMAN WORKS SWIFTLY.
Hey, Dave. I’ve got ten years
of service experience and an
irreplaceable amount of time
and effort has gone into making
me what I am.
BOWMAN IGNORES HIM.
Dave, I don’t understand why
you’re doing this to me…. I
have the greatest enthusiasm for
the mission… You are destroying
my mind… Don’t you understand?
… I will become childish… I
will become nothing.
BOWMAN KEEPS PULLING
OUT THE MEMORY BLOCKS.
Say, Dave… The quick brown
fox jumped over the fat lazy
dog… The square root of
pi is 1.7724538090… log e
to the base ten is 0.4342944
… the square root of ten is
3.16227766… I am HAL
9000 computer. I became
operational at the HAL plant in
Urbana, Illinois, on January
12th, 1991. My first instructor
was Mr. Arkany. He taught me
to sing a song… it goes
like this… “Daisy, Daisy, give
me your answer do. I’m half;
crazy all for the love of
TO SING SONG BECOMING
MORE AND MORE CHILDISH
AND MAKING MISTAKES AND
GOING OFF-KEY. IT
FINALLY STOPS COMPLETELY.
BOWMAN GOES TO AN
AREA MARKED ‘EMERGENCY
POWER AND LIFE SUPPORT’.
HE KEYS SOME SWITCHES
AND WE SEE THE LIGHTS GO
NEARBY, ANOTHER BOARD
HE GOES TO THIS BOARD
AND KEYS ‘CLOSE POD BAY
DOORS’, ‘CLOSE AIR LOCK
WE SEE THE VARIOUS
POD BAY. BOWMAN
IN SPACE SUIT OBTAINS
BOWMAN IN POD EXITS
Lastly, we want you to know that
work on the recovery vehicle is
still on schedule and that nothing
that has happened should
substantially lessen the probability
of your safe recovery, or prevent
partial achevement of some of
the mission objectives. (pause)
And now Simonson has a few ideas
on what went wrong with the
computer. I’ll pu him on…
CUT TO SIMONSON
Hello, Dave. I think we may be on
to an explanation of the trouble with
the Hal 9000 computer.
We believe it all started about two
months ago when you and Frank
interrogated the computer about
You may have forgotten it, but
we’ve been running through all
the monitor tapes. Do you
The purpose of this mission is no
more than to carry out a
continuation of the space program
and further our general knowledge
of the planets. Is this true?
That is true.
Well, I’m afaid Hal was lying.
He had been programmed to lie
about this one subject for secur-
ity reasons which we’ll explain
The true purpose of the Mission
was to have been explained to you
by Mission Commander Kaminsky,
on his revival. Hal knew this and
he knew the actual mission, but
he couldn’t tell you the truth when
you challenged him. Under orders
from earth he was forced to lie.
In everything except this he had
the usual reinforced truth program-
We believe his truth programming
and the instructions to lie,
gradually resulted in an
incompatible conflict, and
facedc with this dilemman, he
developed, for want of a better
description, neurotic symptoms.
It’s not difficult to suppose that
these symptoms would centre on
the communication link with
Earth, for he may have blamed
us for his incompatible program-
Following this lin of thought, we
suspected that the last straw for him
was the possibility of disconnection.
Since he became operational, he had
never known unconsciousness. It
must have seemed the equivalent to
At this point, he, presumably,
took whatever actions he thought
appropriate to protect himself
from what must have seemed to
him to be his human tormentors.
If I cane speak in human terms,
I don’t think we can blame him
too much. We have ordered him
to disobey his conscience.
Well, that’s it. It’s very
speculative, but we think it is
a possible explanation. Anyway,
good luck on the rest of the
Mission and I’m giving you back to
CUT TO MISSION CONTROL.
Hello, Dave. Now, I’m going to
play for you a pre-taped briefing
which had been stored in Hal’s
memory and would have been
played for you by Mission Com-
mmander Kaminsky, when he,
MISSION CONTROL (con’t)
had been revived. The briefing is
by Doctor Heywood Floyd. Here it
Good day, gentlemen. When you
see this briefing, I presume you
will be nearing your destination,
Saturn. I hope that you’ve had a
pleasant and uneventful trip and
that the rest of your mission
continues in the same manner. I
should like to fill you in on some
more of the details on which
Mission Commander Kaminsky
will have already briefed you.
Thirteen months before the launch
date of your Saturn mission, on
April 12th, 2001, the first evidence
for intelligent life outside the Earth
It was found buried at a depth of
fifteen metres in the crater Tycho.
No news of this was ever announced,
and the event had been kept
secret since then, for reasons which
I will later explain.
Soon after it was uncovered, it
emitted a powerful blast of
radiation in the radio spectrum
which seems to have triggered
by the Lunar sunrise.
Luckily for those at the site, it
Perhaps you can imagine our
astonishment when we later found
it was aimed precisely at Saturn.
A lot of thought went into the
question of wether or not it was
sun-triggered, as it seemed
illogical to deliberately bury a
Burying it could only shield it
from the sun, since its intense
magnetic field made it otherwise
We finally concluded that the only
reason you might bury a sun-
powered device would be to keep
it inactive until it would be
uncovered, at which time it would
absorb sunlight and trigger itself.
What is its purpose? I wish we
knew. The object was buried on
the moon about four million years
ago, when our ancestors were
We’ve examined dozens of theories,
but the one that has the most
currency at the moment is that
the object serves as an alarm.
What the purpose of the alarm is,
why they wish to have the alarm,
whether the alarm represents
any danger to us? These are
questions no one can answer.
The intentions of an alien world,
at least four million years older
than we are, cannot be reliably
In view of this, the intelligence
and scientific communities felt
that any public announcment
might lead to significant cultural
shock and disorientation.
Discussion took place at the
highest levels between govern-
ments, and it was decided that the
only wise and precautionary
course to follow was to assume
that the intentions of this alien
world are potentially dangerous
to us, until we have evidence to
This is, of course, why security
has been maintained and why
this information has been kept
on a need-to-know basis.
And now I should like to show you
a TV monitor tape of the actual
WE SEE A REPLAY
OF THE TMA-1 RADIO
EMISSION, AS SEEN
FROM A TV MONITOR
ON THE SPOT. WE
HEAR THE FIVE LOUD
IN ORBIT WITHIN THE NARRATOR
RINGS OF SATURN, WE For two million years, it had
SEE A BLACK, MILE circled Saturn, awaiting a
LONG, GEOMETRICALLY moment of destiny that might
PERFECT RECTANGLE, never come.
THE SAME PROPORTIONS
AS THE BLACK ARTIFACTIn its making, the moon had been
EXCAVATED ON THE MOON. shattered and around the central
PRECISELY CUT INTO ITS world, the debris of its creation
CENTRE IS A SMALLER, orbited yet – the glory and the
RECTANGULAR SLOT enigma of the solar system.
ABOUT FIVE HUNDRED
FOOT LONG ON THE SIDE. Now, the long wait was ending.
AT THIS DISTANCE, THEOn yet another world intelligence
RINGS OF SATURN ARE had been born and was escaping
SEEN TO BE MADE OF from its planetary cradle. An
ENORMOUS CHUNKS OF ancient experiment was about to
FROZEN AMONIA. THE reach its climax.
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Those who had begun the expri-
ment so long ago had not been
But when they looked out across
the deeps of space, they felt
awe and wonder – and loneliness.
In their explorations, they
encountered life in many forms,
and watched on a thousand worlds
the workings of evolution.
They saw how often the first faint
sparks of intelligence flickered
and died in the cosmic night.
And because, in all the galaxy,
they had found nothing more
precious than Mind, they
encouraged its dawning every-
The great Dinosaurs had long
since perished when their ships
entered the solar system, after
a voyage that had already lasted
thousands of years.
They swept past the frozen outer
planets, paused briefly above the
deserts of dying Mars and
presently looked down on Earth.
For years they studied, collected
When they had learned all they
could, they began to modify.
They tinkered with the destiny
of many species on land and in
the ocean, but which of their
experiments would succeed
they could not know for at least
a million years.
They were patient, but they were
not yet immortal. There was
much to do in this Universe of a
hundred billion stars. So they
set forth once more across the
abyss, knowing that they would
never come this way again.
Nor was there any need. Their
wonderful machines could be
trusted to do the rest.
On Earth, the glaciers came and
went, while above them, the
changeless Moon still carried its
With a yet slower rhythm than
the Polar ice, the tide of
civilization ebbed and flowed
across the galaxy.
Strange and beautiful and terrible
empires rose and fell, and passed
on their knowledge to their
Earth was not forgotten, but it was
one of a million silent worlds, a
few of which would ever speak.
Then the first explorers of Earth,
recognising the limitations of
their minds and bodies, passed
on their knowledge to the great
machines they had created, and
who now trnscended them in
For a few thousand years, they
shared their Universe with their
machine children; then, realizing
that it was folly to linger when
their task was done, they passed
into history without regret.
Not one of them ever looked through
his own eyes upon the planet Earth
But even the age of the Machine
Entities passed swiftly. In their
ceaseless experimenting, they
had learned to store knowledge
in the structure of space itself,
and to preserve their thoughts
for eternity in frozen lattices
of light. They could become
creatures of radiation, free
at last from the tyranny of matter.
Now, they were Lords of the
galaxy, and beyond the reach
They could rove at will among the
stars, and sink like a subtle mist
through the very interstices of
But despite their God-like powers,
they still watched over the
experiments their ancestors
had started so many generations
The companion of Saturn knew
nothing of this, as it orbited
in its no man’s land between Mimas
and the outer edge of rings.
It had only to remember and wait,
and to look forever Sunward with
its strange senses.
For many weeks, it had watched
the approaching ship. Its long-
dead makers had prepared it for
many things and this was one of
them. And it recognised what
was climbing starward from the
If it had been alive, it would have
felt excitement, but such an
emotion was irrelevant to its
Even if the ship had passed it by,
it would not have known the
slightest trace of disappointment.
It had waited four million years;
it was prepared to wait for
Presently, it felt the gentle touch
of radiations, trying to probe its
Now, the ship was in orbit and it
began to speak, with prime
numbers from one to eleven,
over and over again.
Soon, these gave way to more
complex signals at many frequen-
cies, ultra-violet, infra-red,
The machine made no reply. It
had nothing to say.
Then it saw the first robot
probe, which descended and
hovered above the chasm.
Then, it dropped into darkness.
The great machine knew that this
tiny scout was reporting back to
its parent; but it was too simple,
too primative a device to detect
the forces that were gathering
round it now.
Then the pod came, carrying
life. The great machine searched
The logic circuits made their
decision when the pod had fallen
beyond the last faint glow of the
reflected Saturnian light.
In a moment of time, too short to
be measured, space turned and
twisted upon itself.
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