2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY


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2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Screenplay

by

Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clark

Hawk Films Ltd.,
c/o. M-G-M Studios,
Boreham Wood,
Herts.

TITLEPART I
AFRICA
3,000,000 YEARS AGO

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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.

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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
hyenas.

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

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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.

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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
In kind.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
hope for.

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A7
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
enough.

He stirs when shrieks and screams echo up the slope from
one of the lower caves, and he does not need to hear the

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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.

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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
experience.

Then he becomes dimly aware that the Others are slowing

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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
leadership.

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,

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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.

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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.

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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,
hard surface.

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;

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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.

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EXT CUBE – FIRST LESSON

They are still a hundred yards from the New Rock when the
sound begins.

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,

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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
different scene.

The family is no longer reposing peacefully outside its cave;
it is foraging, searching for food like any normal hominids.

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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

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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.

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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

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somehow the Others had survived, and had stubbornly refused to
die of starvation.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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
hearts.

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

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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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A SECTION TIMING

A1 00.30
A2 00.45
A3 01.30
A4 00.30
A5 01.00
A6 01.00
A7 01.00
A8 03.00
A9 00.45
A10 02.00
A11 04.00
A12 02.00
A13 02.30
A14 02.30

A SECTION TOTAL: @23 MIN. 00 SECS

TITLE PART II

YEAR 2001

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B1
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
CCCP MARKINGS

B1b NARRATOR
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
miles.

B1c
FRENCH BOMBNARRATOR
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.

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B2
ORION-III SPACECRAFT
IN FIGHT AWAY FROM
EARTH, 200 MILES
ALTITUDE.

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B3
ORION-III PASSENGER AREA.
DR. HEYWOOD FLOYD IS THE
ONLY PASSENGER IN THE
ELEGANT CABIN DESIGNED
FOR 30 PEOPLE. HE IS
ASLEEP.

HIS PEN FLOATS NEAR HIS
HAND.

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B4
ORION-III COCKPIT.
PILOT, CO-PILOT.
FLOYD CAN BE SEEN
ASLEEP ON A SMALL
TV MONITOR.
STEWARDESS IS PUTTING
ON LIPSTICK. SHE SEES
PEN.

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B5
STEWARDESS GOES BACK
TO PASSENGER AREA,
RESCUES PEN AND CLIPS
IT BACK IN FLOYD’S
POCKET.

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B6
SPACE STATION-5. THE
RAW SUNLIGHT OF SPACE
DAZZLES FROM THE
POLISHED METAL SURFACES
OF THE SLOWLY REVOLVING,
THOUSAND-FOOT DIAMETER
SPACE STATION. DRIFTING
IN THE SAME ORBIT, WE SEE
SWEPT-BACK TITOV-V
SPACECRAFT. ALSO THE
ALMOST SPHERICAL ARIES-IB

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B7
ORION-III PASSENGER AREA
FLOYD AWAKE BUT GROGGY,
LOOKS OUT OF WINDOW.

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B8
ORION-III COCKPIT.
THE CO-PILOT IN RADIO
COMMUNICATION WITH THE
SPACE STATION.

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B9
THE ORION-III SPACECRAFT
IN DOCKING APPROACH. THE
EARTH IS SEEN IN BREATH-
TAKING VIEW IN B.G.

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B10
INSIDE DOCKING CONTROL.
WE SEE ORION-III MANO-
UVERING. IN BACKGROUND.

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B11
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
COCKPIT.

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B12
SPACE STATION
RECEPTION AREA

RECEPTIONIST AT DESK.
MILLER ENTERS, HUR-
RYING. HE GOES TO
THE ELEVATOR AND
PRESSES BUTTON. HE
WAITS IMPATIENTLY.

WE SEE ELEVATOR
INDICATOR WORKING

ELEVATOR DOOR OPENS
AND FLOYD IS SEEN
UNSTRAPPING HIMSELF.
THE ELEVATOR GIRL IS
SEATED BY THE DOOR
MILLER
Oh, good morning, Dr. Floyd.
I’m Nick Miller.

FLOYD
How do you do, Mr. Miller?

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.

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B12
CONTINUED

FLOYD
Oh, please don’t worry about it.

MILLER
Well, thank you very much for
being so understanding.

FLOYD
Please, it really doesn’t matter.

MILLER
Well.. Did you have a pleaant
flight?

FLOYD
Yes, very pleasant.

MILLER
Well, shall we go through
Documentation?

FLOYD
Fine.

RECEPTIONIST
Will you use number eight,
please?

MILLER
Thank you, Miss Turner.

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B12
CONTINUED

THEY ENTER PASSPORT
AREA

RECEPTIONIST PRESSES
“ENGLISH” BAR ON HER
CONSOLE AND SMILES
AS FLOYD GOES THROUGH.

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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

FLOYD
Moon, American, Floyd, Heywood,
R.

THE RED LIGHT GOES OFF.
THERE IS A DELAY OF
ABOUT TWO SECONDS AND
THE WOMAN’S FACE
REAPPEARS

FLOYD
I’ve always wondered….

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B13
CONTINUED
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
FACE DISAPPEARS

THE MEN EXIT THE
PASSPORT AREA

MILLER
I’ve reserved a table for you in
the Earth Light room. Your
connecting flight will be
leaving in about one hour.

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B13
CONTINUED

FLOYD
Oh, that’s wonderful.

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B14
INT SPACE STATION – LOUNGE

FLOYD AND MILLER WALKING

MILLER
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?

FLOYD
Yes, I think so. Just about
then.

MILLER
I suppose you saw the work on
our new section while you
were docking.

FLOYD
Yes, it’s coming along very well.

THEY PASS THE VISION
PHONE BOOTH

FLOYD
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.

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B14
CONTINUED

MILLER
Fine. I’ll see you at the bar.

FLOYD ENTERS PHONE
BOOTH. SIGN ON
VISION PHONE SCREEN
“SORRY, TEMPORARILY
OUT OF ORDER.”

HE ENTERS THE SECOND
BOOTH AND SITS DOWN

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B17
FLOYD IN VISION PHONE

LITTLE GIRL OF FIVE
ANSWERS

CHILD
Hello.

VISION PHONE SCREEN
DISPLAY SIGN ‘YOUR
PARTY HAS NOT CONNECTED
VISION’

A FEW SECONDS LATER,
THE SCREEN CHANGES
TO AN IMAGE OF THE
CHILD
FLOYD
Hello, darling, how are you?

CHILD
Hello Daddy. Where are you?

FLOYD
I’m at Space Station Five,
darling. How are you?

CHILD
I’m fine, Daddy. When are
you coming home?

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B17
CONTINUED

FLOYD
Well, I hope in a few days,
sweetheart.

CHILD
I’m having a party tomorrow.

FLOYD
Yes, I know that sweetheart.

CHILD
Are you coming to my party?

FLOYD
No, I’m sorry, darling, I
told you I won’t be home for a
few days.

CHILD
When are you coming home?

FLOYD
In three days, darling, I
hope.

FLOYD HOLDS UP
THREE FINGERS.

12/6/65 b24

B17

FLOYD
One, two, three. Can I
speak to Mommy?

CHILD
Mommy’s out to the hair-
dresser.

FLOYD
Where is Mrs. Brown?

CHILD
She’s in the bathroom.

FLOYD
Okay, sweetheart. Well, I
have to go now. Tell Mommy
that I called.

CHILD
How many days until you
come home?

FLOYD
Three, darling. One… two
… three. Be sure to tell
Mommy I called.

12/6/65 b24a

B17
CONTINUED

CHILD
I will, Daddy.

FLOYD
Okay, sweetheart. Have a
lovely Birthday Party
tomorrow.

CHILD
Thank you, Daddy.

FLOYD
I’ll wish you a happy
Birthday now and I’ll see you
soon. All right, Darling?

CHILD
Yes, Daddy.

FLOYD
‘Bye, ‘bye, now, sweetheart.

CHILD
Goodbye, Daddy.

12/6/65 b24b

B18
VISION PHONE
PROCEDURE FOR
INFORMATION

VISION PHONE
PROCEDURE FOR
DIALLING

OPERATOR
Good morning, Macy’s.

FLOYD
Good morning. I’d like the
Vision shopper for the Pet
Shop, please.

OPERATOR
Just one moment.

12/7/65 b25

B19
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?

FLOYD
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
BUSH BABIES,
BEAUTIFULLY DISPLAYED
AGAINST A WHITE BACK-
GROUND

VISION SALES GIRL
Here you are, sir. Here is a
lovely assortment of African
bush babies. They are twenty
Dollars each.

12/7/65 b26

B19
CONTINUED

FLOYD
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
THIS CONVERSATION,
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
DOWN

FLOYD
Thank you very much. Floyd,
Heywood, R., First National
Bank of Washington. Please
deliver to Miss Josephine
Floyd, 9423 Dupre Avenue,
N.W.14.

12/7/65 b27

B19
CONTINUED

VISION SALES GIRL
Thank you very much, sir. It
will be delivered tomorrow.

12/7/65 b27a

B20
SPACE STATTION 5 – LOUNGE

FLOYD
Well, how nice to see you again,
Elena. You’re looking wonderful.

ELENA
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
AFTER INTRODUCTION
AND AD-LIB ‘HELLOS’

ELENA
And this is Dr. Kalinan…
Stretyneva…

THE RUSSIANS ARE
VERY WARM AND
FRIENDLY.

SMYSLOV
Dr. Floyd, won’t you join us
for a drink?

12/7/65 b28

B20
CONTINUED

FLOYD
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
FOR ANOTHER
PERSON AT THE TABLE.
SMYSLOV OFFERS FLOYD
HIS CHAIR
AND BORROWS
ANOTHER FROM A NEARBY TABLE

SYMYSLOV
What would you like to drink?

FLOYD
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.

SMYSLOV
Are you quite sure?

FLOYD
Yes, really, thank you very
much.

ELENA
Well… How’s your lovely
wife?

12/7/65 b29

B20
CONTINUED

FLOYD
She’s wonderful.

ELENA
And your charming little daughter?

FLOYD
Oh, she’s growing up very fast.
As a matter of fact, she’s six
tomorrow.

ELENA
Oh, that’s such a delightful age.

FLOYD
How is gregor?

ELENA
He’s fine. But I’m afraid we
don’t get a chance to see each
other very much these days.

POLITE LAUGHTER

FLOYD
Well, where are all of you off
to?

12/7/65 b30

B20
CONTINUED

ELENA
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?

FLOYD
Well, as it happens, I’m on
my way up to the moon

SMYSLOV
Are you, by any chance, going
up to your base at Clavius?

FLOYD
Yes,as a matter of fact, I am.

THE RUSSIANS
EXCHANGE
SIGNIFICANT
GLANCES

FLOYD
Is there any particular reason
why you ask?

12/7/65 b31

B20
CONTINUED

SMYSLOV
(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
there.

FLOYD
I’m sorry, but I’m not sure
I know what you mean.

SMYSLOV
Well, it’s just for the past
two weeks there have been
some extremely odd things
happening at Clavius.

FLOYD
Really?

SMYSLOV
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
order.

12/7/65 b32

B20
CONTINUED

FLOYD
Well, I suppose they’ve been
having a bit of trouble with
some of the equipment.

SMYSLOV
Yes, well at first we thought
that was the explanation, but
it’s been going on for the past
ten days.

FLOYD
You mean you haven’t been able
to get anyone at the base for ten
days?

SMYSLOV
That’s right.

FLOYD
I see.

ELENA
Another thing, Heywood, two
days ago, one of our rocket
buses was denied permission
for an emergency landing at
Clavius.

12/7/65 b33

B20
CONTINUED

FLOYD
How did they manage to do that
without any communication?

ELENA
Clavius Control came on the
air just long enough to transmit
their refusal.

FLOYD
Well, that does sound very odd.

SMYSLOV
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.

FLOYD
Yes… Well, I hope the crew
got back safely.

SMYSLOV
Fortunately, they did.

FLOYD
Well, I’m glad about that.

12/7/65 b33a

B20
CONTINUED

THE RUSSIANS EXCHANGE
MORE GLANCES. ONE OF
THE WOMEN OFFERS
AROUND A PILL BOX.
ELENA AND ANOTHER
RUSSIAN TAKE ONE AND
THE THIRD RUSSIAN
DELCINES.

SMYSLOV
Dr. Floyd, at the risk of pressing
you on a point you seem reticent
to discuss, may I ask you a
straightforward question?

FLOYD
Certainly.

SMYSLOV
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
PAUSE

12/7/65 b33b

B20
CONTINUED

FLOYD
I’m sorry, Dr. Smyslov, but
I’m really not at liberty to
discuss this.

SMYSLOV
This epidemic could easily
spread to our base, Dr. Floyd.
We should be given all the
facts.

LONG PAUSE

FLOYD
Dr. Smyslov… I’m not
permitted to discuss this.

ELENA
Are you sure you won’t change
your mind about a drink?

FLOYD
No, thank you… and I’m
afraid now I really must be
going.

ELENA
Well, I hope that you and your
wife can come to the I.A.C.
conference in June.

12/7/65 b33c

B20
CONTINUED

FLOYD
We’re trying to get there. I
hope we can.

ELENA
Well, Gregor and I will look
forward to seeing you.

FLOYD
Thank you. It’s been a great
pleasure to meet all of you…
Dr. Smyslov.

THE RUSSIANS ALL
RISE AND THERE
ARE AD-LIBS OF
COURTESY

FLOYD SHAKES HANDS
AND EXITS

THE RUSSIANS EXCHANGE
A FEW SERIOUS PARA-
GRAPHES IN RUSSIAN

12/7/65 b33d

B21

ARIES-IB IN SPACE.
EARTH MUCH SMALLER
THAN AS SEEN FROM
SPACE STATION

NARRATOR
The Aries-IB has become the
standard Space-Station-to-Lunar
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.

10/4/65 b34

B21a

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
STEWARDESS

STEWARDESS ONE
Oh, thank you very much.

STEWARDESS TWO
I see he’s still asleep.

STEWARDESS ONE
Yes. He hasn’t moved since we
left.

STEWARDESS TWO EXITS,
INTO ELEVATOR

12/6/65 b34a

B21b

ARIES GALLEY AREA.
STEWARDESS EXITS FROM
ELEVATOR, GOES TO
KITCHEN SECTION, REMOVES
TWO TRAYS, WALKS UP TO
THE SIDE OF THE WALL AND
ENTERS PILOT’S
COMPARTMENT

12/6/65 b34b

B22
ARIES-IB COCKPIT.
PILOT, CO-PILOT.

STEWARDESS ENTERS,
CARRYING FOOD

PILOT
Oh, thank you very much.

CO-PILOT
Thank you.

STEWARDESS SMILES.

PILOT
(sighs) Well, how’s it going
back there?

STEWARDESS
Fine. Very quiet. He’s been
asleep since we left.

PILOT
Well, no one can say that he’s not
enjoying the wonders of Space.

CO-PILOT
Well, whatever’s going on up there,
he’s going to arrive fresh and ready
to go.

12/14/65b35

B22
CONTINUED

PILOT
I wonder what really IS going on
up there?

CO-PILOT
Well, I’ve heard more and more
people talk of an epidemic.

PILOT
I suppose it was bound to happen
sooner or later.

CO-PILOT
Berkeley told me that they think
it came from contamination on a
returning Mars flight.

PILOT
Yes, well, whatever it is, they’re
certainly not fooling around. This
is the first flight they allowed
in for more than a week.

CO-PILOT
I was working out what this trip
must cost, taking him up there
by himself and coming back empty.

PILOT
I’ll bet it’s a fortune.

12/14/65b36

B22
CONTINUED

CO-PILOT
Well, at ten thousand dollars a
ticket, it comes to the better part
of six hundred thousand dollars.

PILOT
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.

12/14/65b36a

B23
ARIES-IB IN SPACE.
MOON VERY LARGE.

10/4/65 b37

B24
ARIES-IB PASSENGER
AREA. FLOYD FINISHING
BREAKFAST.

PILOT ENTERS.

PILOT
Well, good afternoon, Dr. Floyd.
Did you have a good rest?

FLOYD
Oh, marvellous. It’s the first
real sleep I’ve had for the past
two days.

PILOT
There’s nothing like weightless
sleep for a complete rest.

FLOYD
When do we arrive at Clavius?

PILOT
We’re scheduled to dock in about
seven hours. Is there anything
we can do for you?

FLOYD
Oh, no, thank you. The two
girls have taken wonderful care
of me. I’m just fine.

12/14/65b38

B24
CONTINUED

PILOT
Well, if there is anything that you
wnat, just give a holler.

FLOYD
Thank you.

PILOT
Incidentally, Dr. Floyd, I wonder
if I can have a word with you about
the security arrangements?

FLOYD
What do you mean?

PILOT
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.

FLOYD
I see.

PILOT
I take it this is something to do
with the trouble they’re having
up at Clavius?

12/14/65b39

B24
CONTINUED

FLOYD
I’m afraid that’s out of my depart-
ment, Captain.

PILOT
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
about her.

FLOYD
I see. Well, I’m sorry about that.
I wouldn’t think there’s any cause
for alarm.

PILOT
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
died already.

12/14/65b40

B24
CONTINUED

FLOYD
I wish I could be more helpful,
Captain, but as I’ve said, I don’t
think there’s any cause for
alarm.

PILOT
Well, fine. Thanks very much,
anyway, and I hope you don’t
mind me asking?

FLOYD
No, of course, Captain, I can
understand your concern.

PILOT
Well, thank you very much, and
please let us know if there is
anything we can do to make your
trip more comfortable.

12/14/65b40a

B25
ARIES-IB CLOSER TO MOON

10/4/65 b41

B26
FLOYD GOES TO ARIES-IB
WASHROOM AND LOOKS AT
THE VERY LONG LIST OF
COMPLICATED INSTRUCTIONS

10/4/65 b42

B27
ARIES-IB CLOSER TO MOON

DISSOLVE:

10/4/65 b43

B28
FLOYD VISITING ARIES-IB
COCKPIT. WEIGHTLESS
TRICK ENTRANCE.

10/4/65 b44

B29
ARIES-IB ORBITING MOON.

NARRATOR
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.

10/4/65 b45

B30
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
DOCKING CONTROL.

10/4/65 b46

B31
ARIES-IB DECENDING.
SEE AIR VIEW OF BASE.

NARRATOR
The Base at Clavius was the first
American Lunar Settlement that
could, in an emergency, be
entirely self-supporting.

NARRATOR
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
chemically processed.

10/4/65 b47

B32
A GROUND BUS NUZZLES UP
TO COUPLING SECTION OF
ARIES-IB

10/4/65 b48

B33
INSIDE GREAT AIRLOCK
ENTRANCE. GROUND BUS
PULLS IN. GIANT DOORS
CLOSE BEHIND IT.

10/4/65 b49

B34
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
TO CLOSE.

10/4/65 b50

B35
LOW GRAVITY
GYMNASIUM TRICK
WITH CHILDREN.

NARRATOR
One of the attractions of life on the
Moon was undoubtedly the low
gravity which produced a sense
of general well-being.

10/4/65 b51

B36
CHILDREN IN SCHOOL.
TEACHER SHOWING THEM
VIEWS OF EARTH AND MAP
OF EARTH.

NARRATOR
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.

DISSOLVE:

10/5/65 b52

B37
LARGE CENTRAL
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
HAVING OUTING.

FLOYD AND WELCOMING
PARTY WALK THROUGH
AFTER EXITING ELEVATOR.
HALVERSON, MICHAELS
AND FIVE OTHERS.

FLOYD
(voice echoing) I must congratulate
you Halvorsen. you’ve done wonder-
ful things with the decor since the
last time I was here.

HALVORSEN
(voice echoing) Well… thank you,
Dr. Floyd. We try to make the
environment as earthlike as possible.

DISSOLVE:

10/5/65 b53

B38
LOW CEILING CONFERENCE
ROOM, “U” SHAPED TABLE
FACING THREE PROJECTION
SCREENS. SEATED AROUND
THE TABLE ARE TWENTY
SENIOR BASE PERSONNEL.

HALVORSEN
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.
Floyd.

POLITE APPLAUSE. FLOYD
WALKS TO FRONT OF ROOM.

FLOYD
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.

POLITE APPLAUSE.

11/25/65b54

B38
CONTINUED

FLOYD (cont’d)
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.

11/25/65b55

B38
CONTINUED

FLOYD
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
questions?

MICHAELS
Dr. Floyd, how long do you think
this can be kept under wraps?

FLOYD
(pleasantly)
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.

11/25/65b56

B38
CONTINUED

HALVORSEN
We will, of course, cooperate
in any way possible, Dr. Floyd.

11/25/65b56a

B39
SEVERAL SCENIC VIEWS OF
MOON ROCKET BUS SKIMMING
OVER SURFACE OF MOON.

10/5/65 b57

B40
INSIDE ROCKET BUS,
FLOYD, HALVORSEN,
MICHAELS, FOURTH
MAN, PILOT AND
CO-PILOT. ALL IN
SPACE SUITS MINUS
HELMETS.

FLOYD IS SLOWELY
LOOKING THROUGH
SOME PHOTOGRAPHS
AND MAGNETIC
MAPS OF THE AREA.

HE LOOKS OUT OF
THE WINDOW,
THOUGHTFULLY.

11/25/65b58

B40
CONTINUED

THE PHOTOGRAPHES
ARE TAKEN FROM A
SATELLITE OF THE
MOON’S SURFACE
AND HAVE NUMBERED
OPTICAL GRID
BORDERS, LIKE
RECENT MARS
PHOTOS.

A FEW SEATS
AWAY, MICHAELS
AND HALVORSEN
CARRY OUT A VERY
BANAL ADMINISTRATIVE
CONVERSATION IN LOW
TONES. IT SHOULD
REVOLVE AROUND
SOMETHING UTTERLY
IRRELEVANT TO THE
PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES
AND VERY MUCH LIKE
THE KIND OF DISCUSSION
ONE HEARS ALL THE
TIME IN OTHER
ORGANIZATIONS.

DISSOLVE:

11/25/65b59

B41
TMA-1 EXCAVATION.
AIR VIEW. ROCKET
BUS DESCENDING.

THERE ARE NO LIGHTS
ON THE ACTUAL EXCA-
VATION, ONLY THE
LANDING STRIP AND
THE MONITOR DOME.

12/14/65b60

B42
LONG SHOT MONITOR DOMES
WITH A BIT OF EXCAVATION
IN SHOT. SIX SMALL FIGURES
IN SPACE SUITS SLOWLY WALK
TOWARD EXCAVATION.

10/5/65 b61

B43
THE PARTY STOPS
AT TOP OF TMA-1
EXCAVATION.

A SMALL CONTROL
PANEL MOUNTED AT
THE HEAD OF THE
RAMP. MICHAELS
THROWS A SWITCH
AND THE EXCAVATION
IS SUDDENLY ILLUMINATED.

HALVORSEN
Well, there it is.

FLOYD
Can we go down there closer to
it?

HALVORSEN
Certainly.

12/14/65b62

B44
THEY START DOWN
WORKING RAMP

FLOYD
Does your geology on it still
check out?

MICHAELS
Yes, it does. The sub-surface
structure shows that it was
deliberately buried about four
million years ago.

FLOYD
How can you tell it was
deliberately buried?

MICHAELS
By the deformation between
the mother rock and the fill.

FLOYD
Any clue as to what it is?

MICHAELS
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

11/25/65b63

B44
CONTINUED

MICHAELS
might do something, but we
don’t want to be too rough until
we know a little more.

FLOYD
But you don’t have any idea as
to what it is?

MICHAELS
Tomb, shine, survey-marker
spare part, take your choice.

HALVORSEN
The only thing about it that we are
sure of is that it is the first direct
evidence of intelligent life beyond
the Earth.

SILENT APPRECIATION

HALVORSEN
Four million years ago, something,
presumably from the stars, must
have swept through the solar
system and left this behind.

11/25/65b64

B44
CONTINUED

FLOYD
Was it abandoned, forgotten, left
for a purpose?

HALVORSEN
I suppose we’ll never know.

MICHAELS
The moon would have made an
excellent base camp for
preliminary Earth surveys.

SOME MORE SILENCE

FLOYD
Any ideas about the colour?

MICHAELS
Well, not really. At first glance,
black would suggest something
sun-powered, but then why would
anyone deliberately bury a sun-
powered device?

FLOYD
Has it been exposed to any sun
before now?

MICHAELS
I don’t think it has, but I’d
like to check that. Simpson,
what’s the log on that?

11/25/65b65

B45
INSIDE MONITOR DOME
WE SEE A NUMBER OF
TELEVISION DISPLAYS
INCLUDING SEVERAL TV
VIEWS OF FLOYD AND
COMPANY IN THE
EXCAVATION.

SIMPSON
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.

11/25/65b66

B46
TMA-1 EXCAVATION

MICHAELS
Thank you.

FLOYD
And so this is the first sun that
it’s had in four million years.

PHOTOGRAPHER
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….
thank you.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER
QUICKLY MAKES SOME
EXPOSURES

PHOTOGRAPHER
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
HIDEOUSLY OVER-LOADED
AND DISTORTED TIME SIGNAL.
FLOYD INVOLUNTARILY TRIES
TO BLOCK HIS EARS WITH HIS
SPACESUITED HANDS. THEN
COMES MERCIFUL SILENCE.

11/25/65b67

B47
VARIOUS SHOTS OF
SPACE MONITORS,
ASTEROIDS, THE SUN,
PLUTO, MARS.

NARRATOR
A hundred million miles beyond
Mars, in the cold lonliness
where no man had yet travelled,
Deep-Space-Monitor-79 drifts
slowly among the tangled orbits
of the asteroids.

NARRATOR
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
children.

NARRATOR
All these things and many others
were patiently noted by Deep-
Space-Monitor-79, and recorded
in its crystalline memory.

11/25/65b68

B47
CONTINUED

NARRATOR
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.

NARRATOR
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.

NARRATOR
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.

11/25/65b69

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
B22 01.00
B23 00.10
B24 01.30

B SECTION TOTAL: 28 MIN. 10 SECS.

TITLE

PART III
14 MONTHS LATER

b69a

C1
DISCOVERY 1,000,000
MILES FROM EARTH.
SEE EARTH AND MOON
SMALL.

WE SEE A BLINDING
FLASH EVERY 5
SECONDS FROM ITS
NUCLEAR PULSE
PROPULSION. IT
STRIKES AGAINST
THE SHIP’S THICK
ABLATIVE TAIL
PLATE.

SEVERAL CUTS OF
THIS.

11/19/65c1

C2
ANOTHER CLOSER
VIEW OF DISCOVERY.
SEE BOWMAN THROUGH
COMMAND MODULE
WINDOW.

11/19/65c2

C3
BOWMAN INSIDE
DISCOVERY COMMAND
MODULE. HE IS
LOOKING FOR
SOMETHING.

COMPUTER READOUT
DISPLAY SHOWING AN
EVER-SHIFTING
ASSORTMENT OF
COLOR-CODED LINEAR
PROJECTIONS.

WE SEE POOLE IN
BACKGROUND IN
COMPUTER BRAIN
CENTRE AREA.
AFTER A FEW
SECONDS HE EXITS.

THE ELAPSED
MISSION TIMER
READS “DAY 003,
HOUR 14, MINUTE
32, SECOND 10.”

11/19/65c3

C4
BOWMAN EXITS TO
ACCESS-LINK AIRLOCK.
BRIGHT COLOR-CODED
DOORS LEAD TO
CENTRIFUGE AND POD
BAY. LARGE ILLUMUN-
ATED PRINTED WARNINGS
AND INSTRUCTIONS
GOVERNING LINK
OPERATIONS ARE SEEN.

HE PRESSES NECESSARY
BUTTONS TO OPERATE
AIRLOCK DOOR TO
POD BAY.

11/19/65c4

C5
BOWMAN ENTERS POD
BAY AND CONTINUES
HIS SEARCH. SUDDENLY
HE FINDS IT – HIS
ELECTRONIC NEWSPAD.

HE EXITS POD BAY.

11/19/65c5

C6
IN THE AIRLOCK-
LINK BOWMAN
OPERATES BUTTONS
TO OPEN DOOR
MARKED “CENTRIFUGE”.

11/19/65c6

C7
INSIDE THE
CENTRIFUGE HUB
BOWMAN MOVES TO
THE

ENTRY PORT
CONTROL PANEL

BOWMAN
Hi. Frank… coming in, please.

POOLE
Right. Just a sec.

BOWMAN
Okay. (pause)

POOLE
Okay, come on down.

WE SEE THE
ROTATING HUB
COLLAR AT THE
END. BEHIND IT
WE SEE

11/19/65c7

C8
THE CENTRIFUGE
TV-DISPLAY SHOWING
SLEEPERS AND POOLE
SLOWLY ROTATING BY.

POOLE SECURES SOME
LOOSE GEAR.

POOLE LOOKS UP TO
TV MONITOR LENS
AND WAVES.

11/19/65c8

C9
BOWMAN AT PANEL.
STOPS ROTATION
AND MOVES TO
ENTRY PORT.

WHEN ROTATION
STOPS WE SEE A SIGN
LIGHTS UP “WEIGHTLESS
CONDITION”.

AS BOWMAN DISAPPEARS
DOWN ENTRY PORT WE
SEE HIM ON

TV-MONITOR, DESCENDING
LADDER. AT THE BASE
OF THE LADDER HE KEYS
THE CENTRIFUGE
OPERATION PANEL.
WE SEE TV-PICTURE
START TO ROTATE
AGAIN. “WEIGHTLESS
CONDITION” SIGN GOES
OUT.

11/19/65c9

C10
INSIDE CENTRIFUGE
BOWMAN MAKES 180 DEGREE
WALK TO POOLE.
ON WAY HE PASSES
THE SLEEPERS.

WE GET A GOOD
LOOK AT THE THREE
MEN IN THEIR
HIBERNACULUMS.

POOLE IS SEATED
AT A TABLE READING
HIS ELECTRONIC
NEWSPAD.

BOWMAN
(softly) Hi… How’s it
going?

POOLE
(absent but friendly) Great.

BOWMAN OPERATES
ARTIFICIAL FOOD
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.

11/19/65c10

C11
DISCOVERY IN SPACE,
STILL NUCLEAR
PULSING. EARTH
AND MOON CAN BE
SEEN IN BACKGROUND.

DISSOLVE:

11/19/65c11

C12
POOLE IS FINISHED.

BOWMAN IS STILL
READING AND
WORKING ON HIS
DESSERT.

POOLE
Dave, if you’ve a minute, I’d like
your advice on something.

BOWMAN
Sure, what is it?

POOLE
Well, it’s nothing really important,
but it’s annoying.

BOWMAN
What’s up?

POOLE
It’s about my salary cheques.

BOWMAN
Yes?

POOLE
Well I got the papers on my
official up-grading to AGS-19
two weeks before we left.

12/14/65c12

C12
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
Yes, I remember you mentioning it.
I got mine about the same time.

POOLE
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.

BOWMAN
Interesting that you mention it,
because I’ve got the same problem.

POOLE
Really.

BOWMAN
Yes.

POOLE
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
either.

12/14/65c13

C12
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
Did they have any explanation for
this?

POOLE
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.

BOWMAN
It’s possible.

POOLE
Well, what do you think we ought
to do about it?

BOWMAN
I don’t think we should make any
fuss about it yet. I’m sure they’ll
straighten it out.

POOLE
I must say, I never did understand
why they split us into two groups
for training.

BOWMAN
No. I never did, either.

12/14/65c14

C12
CONTINUED

POOLE
We spent so little time with them,
I have trouble keeping their names
straight.

BOWMAN
I suppose the idea was specialized
training.

POOLE
I suppose so. Though, of course,
there’s a more sinister explanation.

BOWMAN
Oh?

POOLE
Yes. You must have heard the
rumour that went around during
orbital check-out.

BOWMAN
No, as a matter of fact, I didn’t.

POOLE
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.

12/14/65c15

C12
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
Well, what is it?

POOLE
I don’t know. All I heard is that
there’s something about the
mission we weren’t told.

BOWMAN
That seems very unlikely.

POOLE
Yes, I thought so.

BOWMAN
Of course, it would be very easy
for us to find out now.

POOLE
How?

BOWMAN
Just ask Hal. It’s conceivable
they might keep something from
us, but they’d never keep anything
from Hal.

POOLE
That’s true.

12/14/65c15a

C12
CONINUED

BOWMAN
(sighs) Well… it’s silly, but…
if you want to, why don’t you?

POOLE WALKS TO THE
HAL 9000 COMPUTER

POOLE
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
is true.

HAL
I’m sorry, Frank, but I don’t
think I can answer that question
without knowing everything that
all of you know.

BOWMAN
He’s got a point.

POOLE
Okay, then how do we re-phrase
the question?

12/14/65c15c

C12
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
Still, you really don’t believe it,
do you?

POOLE
Not really. Though, it is strange
when you think about it. It didn’t
really make any sense to keep
us apart during training.

BOWMAN
Yes, but it’s to fantastic to think
that they’d keep something from us.

POOLE
I know. It would be almost
inconceivable.

BOWMAN
But not completely inconceivable?

POOLE
I suppose it isn’t logically impossible.

BOWMAN
I guess it isn’t.

POOLE
Still, all we have to do is ask Hal.

12/14/65c15b

C12
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
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?

POOLE
Right. Hal, tell me whether the
following statements are true or
false.

HAL
I will if I can, Frank.

POOLE
Our Mission Profile calls for
Discovery going to Saturn.
True or false?

HAL
True.

POOLE
Our transit time is 257 days. Is
that true?

HAL
That’s true.

12/14/65c15d

C12
CONTINUED

POOLE
At the end of a hundred days of
exploration, we will all go into
hibernation. Is this true?

HAL
That’s true.

POOLE
Approximately five years after we
go into hibernation, the recovery
vehicle will make rendezous with
us and bring us back. Is this true?

HAL
That’s true

POOLE
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
true?

HAL
That’s true.

POOLE
Thank you very much, Hal.

12/14/65c15e

C12
CONTINUED

HAL
I hope I’ve been able to be of
some help.

BOTH MEN LOOK AT
EACH OTHER RATHER
SHEEPISHLY.

12/14/65c15f

C13

DISCOVERY IN SPACE.
PULSING ALONG.
EARTH AND MOON.

11/19/65c16

C14
DELETED

C15
DELETED

C15
DELETED

C16
DELETED

PAGES c17 – c41 DELETED

C17

DOCUMENTARY SEQUENCE
ILLUSTRATING THE
FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES.

SPLIT SCREEN TECHNIQUE
AND SUPERIMPOSED CLOCK
TO GIVE SENSE OF
SIMULTANEOUS ACTION AND
THE FEELING OF A TYPICAL
DAY.

IN THE COURSE OF THESE
ACTIVITIES WE SHALL SEE
THE COMPUTER USED IN
ALL OF ITS FUNCTIONS.

NARRATOR
Bowman and Poole settled down
to the peaeful monotony of the
voyage, and the next three months
passed without incident.

11/24/65c42

C17
CONTINUED

BOWMAN TIME POOLE

a1 b1
TV NEWS – MORNING 0800 WAKES UP

a2 b2
BEDTIME SNACK 0900 BREAKFAST

a3 b3
TO SLEEP WITH 1000 GYMNASIUM
INSTANT ELECTRO-
NARCOSIS AND EAR
PLUGS.

a4 b4
SLEEP 1100 SHIP INSPECTION

a5 b5
SLEEP 1200 HOUSEHOLD DUTIES

a6 b6
SLEEP 1300 LUNCH

11/24/65c43

C17
CONTINUED

BOWMAN TIME POOLE

a7 b7
SLEEP 1400 EXPERIMENTS AND
ASTRONOMY

a8 b8
SLEEP 1500 EXPERIMENTS AND
ASTRONOMY

a9 b9
SLEEP 1600 RECREATION

a10 b10
SLEEP 1700 RECREATION

a11 b11
WAKES UP 1800 GYMNASIUM

a12 b12
BREAKFAST 1900 DINNER

11/24/65c44

C17
CONTINUED

BOWMAN TIME POOLE

a13 b13
GYMNASIUM 2000 TV NEWS – EVENING
PAPERS

a14 b14
MISSION CONTROL 2100 MISSION CONTROL
REPORT REPORT

a15 b15
FAMILY AND SOCIAL 2200 FAMILY AND SOCIAL
TV CHAT TV CHAT

a16 b16
FILMS 2300 FILMS

a17 b17
LUNCH 2400 BEDTIME SNACK

a18 b18
INSPECTION 0100 INSTANT ELECTRO-
NARCOSIS SLEEP

11/24/65c45

C17
CONTINUED

BOWMAN TIME POOLE

a19 b19
EXPERIMENTS AND 0200 SLEEP
ASTRONOMY

a20 b20
EXPERIMENTS AND 0300 SLEEP

a21 b21
RECREATION 0400 SLEEP

a22 b22
HOUSEHOLD DUTIES 0500 SLEEP

a23 b23
GYMNASIUM 0600 SLEEP

a24 b24
DINNER 0700 SLEEP

11/24/65 c46

C18
DISCOVERY IN SPACE

11/24/65c47

C19
CENTRIFUGE

BOWMAN SITTING AT
PERSONAL COMMUNI-
CATION PANEL. POOLE
STANDING NEARBY.

BOWMAN’S PARENTS
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.

FATHER
Well, David there is a man telling
us that we’ve used up our time.

MOTHER
David… again we want to wish
you a happy Birthday and God speed.
We’ll talk to you again tomorrow.
‘Bye, ‘bye now.

CHORUS OF
“GOODBYES”.

12/13/65c48

C19
CONTINUED

VISION SCREEN GOES
BLANK

HAL
Sorry to interrupt the festivities,
Dave, but I think we’ve got a
problem.

BOWMAN
What is it, Hal?

HAL
MY F.P.C. shows an impending
failure of the antenna orientation
unit.

C20
TV DISPLAYS DIAGRAM
OF SKELETONISED
PICTURE OF SHIP.

12/13/65C49

C21
PICTURE CHANGES TO
CLOSER SECTIONALISED
VIEW OF SHIP.

C22
PICTURE CHANGES TO
ACTUAL COMPONENT
IN COLOUR RELIEF AND
ITS WAREHOUSE NUMBER

HAL
The A.O. unit should be replaced
within the next seventy-two hours.

BOWMAN
Right. Let me see the antenna
alignment display, please.

C23
TV DISPLAY OF EARTH
VERY SMALL IN CROSS-
HAIRS OF A GRID PICTURE.

12/13/65c50

C24
CUT TO EXTERIOR VIEW
OF THE BIG DISH ANTENNA
AND EARTH ALIGNMENT
TELESCOPE.

C25
CENTRIFUGE

HAL
The unit is still operational, Dave.
but it will fail within seventy-two
hours.

BOWMAN
I understand Hal. We’ll take care
of it. Please, let me have the hard
copy.

XEROXED DIAGRAMS
COME OUT OF A SLOT.

POOLE
Strange that the A.O. unit should
go so quickly.

BOWMAN
Well, I suppose it’s lucky that
that’s the only trouble we’ve had
so far.

12/13/65c50a

C26
DISCOVERY IN SPACE.
NOT PLANETS VISIBLE.

SHOTS OF ANTENNA.

(NARRARTION TO
EXPLAIN TENOUS
AND ESSENTIAL LINK
TO EARTH. ALSO,
WHAT TRACKING
TELESCOPE DOES.)

12/13/65c51

C27
CENTRIFUGE

WE SEE BOWMAN AND
POOLE GO TO A CUPBOARD
LABELLED IN PAPER TAPE,
“RANDOM DECISION
MAKER.”

THEY REMOVED A SILVER
DOLLAR IN A PROTECTIVE
CASE.

POOLE FLIPS THE COIN.
BOWMAN CALLS “HEAD.”

IT IS TAILS. POOLE
WINS.

POOLE LOOKS PLEASED.

12/13/65c52
(c53 DELETED)

C28
DISCOVERY IN SPACE

11/24/65c54

C29
POD BAY. POOLE
IN SPACE SUIT DOING
PRELIMINARY CHECK
OUT.

C30
COMMAND MODULE.
BOWMAN AT FLIGHT
CONTROL. SEE TV
PICTURE OF POOLE
IN POD BAY.

C31
HAL’S POD BAY
CONSOLE WITH EYE.

C32
POOLE GOES TO POD
BAY WAREHOUSE
SECTION AND OBTAINS
COMPONENT. HE
CARRIES IT BACK TO
THE POD AND PLACES
IT IN FRONT OF THE
FLOOR.

POOLE
Hal, have pod arms secure the
component.

HAL
Roger.

12/13/65c55

C32
CONTINUED

SEE POD ARMS
SECURE COMPONENT.

POOLE
Hal, please rotate Pod Number
Two.

SEE THE CENTRE POD
ROTATE TO FACE THE
POD BAY DOORS.

POOLE ENTERS POD.

INSIDE POD, HE DOES
INITIAL PRE-FLIGHT
CHECK, TRIES BUTTONS
AND CONTROLS.

POOLE
How do you read me, Dave?

12/13/65c56

C33
BOWMAN IN COMMAND
MODULE.

BOWMAN
Five by five, Frank.

C34
INSIDE POD.

POOLE
How do you read me, Hal?

HAL
Five by five, Frank.

POOLE
Hal, I’m going out now to replace
the A.O. unit.

HAL
I understand.

POOLE
Hal, maintain normal E.V.A.
condition.

HAL
Roger.

POOLE
Hal, check all airlock doors secure.

12/13/65c57

C34
CONTINUED

HAL
All airlock doors are secure.

POOLE
Decompress Pod Bay.

SEE BIG POD BAY AIR
PUMPS AT WORK.

HAL
Pod Bay is decompressed. All
doors are secure. You are free
to open pod bay doors.

POOLE
Opening pod bay doors.

INSIDE POD, POOLE
KEYS OPEN POD BAY
DOORS.

12/13/65c58

C34
CONTINUED

POD SLOWLY EDGES
OUT OF POD BAY.

C35
POOLE MANOEUVRES
THE POD CAREFULLY
AWAY FROM DISCOVERY.

C36
INSIDE COMMAND
MODULE, BOWMAN
CAN SEE TINY POD
MANOEUVRING
DIRECTLY IN FRONT.

C37
POOLE SEE BOWMAN
IN COMMAND MODULE
WINDOW.

C38
POD SLOWLY MANOEVRES
TO ANTENNA.

11/24/65c59

C39
POD FASTENS ITSELF
MAGNETICALLY TO
SIDES OF DISCOVERY
AT BASE OF ANTENNA.

C40
SPECIAL MAGNETIC
PLATES GRIP
DISCOVERY SIDES.

C41
THE POD ARMS WORK
TO REMOVE THE FAULTY
COMPONENT.

C42
EASY FLIP-BOLTS OF
A SPECIAL DESIGN
FACILITATE JOB.

C43
INSIDE THE POD,
POOLE WORKS THE
ARMS BY SPECIAL
CONTROL.

11/24/65c60

C44
IN COMMAND MODULE,
BOWMAN SEES INSERT
OF WORK TAKEN FROM
TV CAMERA POINT-OF-
VIEW IN POD HAND.

C45
HAL STANDS BY.

C46
POOLE SECURES THE
FAULTY PART IN ONE
HAND.

C47
THE NEW COMPONENT
IS FITTED INTO PLACE
BY THE OTHER THREE
HANDS ARE SNAPPED
CLOSED WITH THE
SPECIALLY DESIGNED
FLIP-BOLTS.

POOLE
Hal, please acknowledge
component correctly installed
and fully operational.

11/24/65c61

C47
CONTINUED

HAL
The component is correctly
installed and fully operational.

C48
THE POD FLOATS AWAY
FROM THE DISCOVERY BY
SHUTTING OFF THE
ELECTRO-MAGNETIC
PLATES.

C49
THE POD MANOEUVRES
AWAY FROM THE ANTENNA
AND OUT IN FRONT OF
DISCOVERY.

C50
BOWMAN SEE THE POD
THROUGH THE COMMAND
MODULE WINDOW.

C51
POOLE SEES BOWMAN
IN COMMAND MODULE
WINDOW.

11/24/65c62

C52
POOLE CAREFULLY
MANOEUVRES TOWARD
THE POD DOORS.

C53
POD STOPS A HUNDRED
FEET AWAY.

C54
POOLE KEYS AUTOMATIC
DOCKING ALIGNMENT
MODE.

C55
POOLE CHECKS AIRLOCK
SAFETY PROCEDURE WITH
HAL.

C56
HAL APPROVES ENTRY.

C57
POOLE ACTUATES POD
BAY DOORS OPEN.

11/24/65c63

C58
SEE POD BAY DOORS
OPEN.

C59
POD CAREFULLY
MANOEUVRES ON
TO DOCKING ARM,
WHICH THEN DRAWS
POD INTO POD BAY.

DISSOLVE:

11/24/65c64

C60
POD BAY

THE FAULTY A.O. UNIT
LIES ON A TESTING BENCH
CONNECTED TO ELECTRONIC
GEAR.

POOLE STANDS FOR
SOME TIME CHECKING HIS
RESULTS.

THERE SHOULD BE SOME
UNDERSTANDABLE DISPLAY,
WHICH INDICATES THE PART
IS FUNCTIONING PROPERLY,
EVEN UNDER ONE HUNDRED
PERCENT OVERLOAD.

CIRUIT CONTINUITY
PULSE SEQUENCER.

ENVIRONMENTAL VIBRATION.

VK INTEGRITY.

BOWMAN ENTERS

BOWMAN
How’s it going?

POOLE
I don’t know. I’ve checked this
damn thing four times now and
even under a hundred per cent
(cont’d)

12/13/65c65

C60
CONT’D

POOLE (cont’d)
overload. there’s no fault prediction
indicated.

BOWMAN
Well, that’s something.

POOLE
Yes, I don’t know what to make of it.

BOWMAN
I suppose computers have been known
to be wrong.

POOLE
Yes, but it’s more likely that the
tolerances on our testing gear are
too low.

BOWMAN
Anyway, it’s just as well that we
replace it. Better safe than
sorry.

12/13/65c65a

C61
DISCOVERY IN SPACE

12/1/65 c66

C62
CENTRIFUGE

BOWMAN ASLEEP.
POOLE WATCHING
AN ASTEROID IN THE
TELESCOPE.

HAL
Hello, Frank, can I have a word with
you?

POOLE WALKS TO THE
COMPUTER.

POOLE
Yes, Hal, what’s up?

HAL
It looks like we have another bad
A.O. unit. My FPC shows another
impending failure.

C63
WE SEE DISPLAY APPEAR
ON THE SCREEN SHOWING
SKELETONISED VERSION
OF SHIP, CUTTING TO
SECTIONALISED VIEW,
CUTTING TO CLOSE
VIEW OF THE PART.

12/13/65c67

C64
CENTRIFUGE
POOLE THINKS FOR
SEVERAL SECONDS.

POOLE
Gee, that’s strange, Hal. We
checked the other unit and couldn’t
find anything wrong with it.

HAL
I know you did, Frank, but I assure
you there was an impending failure.

POOLE
Let me see the tracking alignment
display.

C65
COMPUTER DISPLAYS
THE VIEW OF EARTH
IN THE CENTRE OF THE
GRID WITH CROSS-
HAIRS. THE EARTH IS
PERFECTLY CENTRED.

C66
CENTRIFUGE

POOLE
There’s nothing wrong with it at
the moment.

12/13/65c68

C66
CONTINUED

HAL
No, it’s working fine right now,
but it’s going to go within seventy-
two hours.

POOLE
Do you have any idea of what is
causing this fault?

HAL
Not really, Frank. I think there
may be a flaw in the assembly
procedure.

POOLE
All right, Hal. We’ll take care
of it. Let me have the hard copy,
please.

HARD COPY DETAILS
COME OUT OF SLOT.

12/13/65c69

C67
DISCOVERY IN SPACE,
NO PLANETS VISIBLE.

12/1/65 c70

C68
CENTRIFUGE. BOWMAN
GETS OUT OF BED, WALKS
TO THE FOOD UNIT AND
DRAWS A HOT CUP OF
COFFEE. POOLE ENTERS.

POOLE
Good morning.

BOWMAN
Good morning. How’s it going?

POOLE
Are you reasonably awake?

BOWMAN
Oh, I’m fine, I’m wide awake.
What’s up?

POOLE
Well… Hal’s reported the
AO-unit about to fail again.

BOWMAN
You’re kidding.

POOLE
No.

12/13/65c71

C68
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
(softly) What the hell is going on?

POOLE
I don’t know. Hal said he thought
it might be the assembly procedure.

BOWMAN
Two units in four days. How many
spares do we have?

POOLE
Two more.

BOWMAN
Well, I hope there’s nothing wrong
with the assembly on those. Other-
wise we’re out of business.

12/13/65c72

C69
IN POD BAY BOWMAN
OBTAINS ANOTHER
COMPONENT FROM
THE WAREHOUSE
GOES OUT IN THE
POD AND REPLACES
IT.

POOLE WORKS IN THE
COMMAND MODULE.

THIS WILL BE A
CONDENSED VERSION
OF THE PREVIOUS
SCENE WITH DIFFERENT
ANGLES.

THE SETS WILL CONSIST
OF POD BAY, COMMAND
MODULE, POD INTERIOR.

12/1/65 c74

C70
POD BAY. BOWMAN
AND POOLE LEANING
OVER THE FAULTY
COMPONENT, AGAIN
WIRED TO TESTING
GEAR.

BOTH MEN STARE IN
PUZZLED SILENCE.

SEE DISPLAYS FLASH
EACH TESTING PARA-
METER.

BOWMAN
(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
problem.

POOLE
Hal?

BOWMAN
Yes.

12/14/65c75

C71
DISCOVERY IN SPACE.

12/1/65 c76

C72
COMMUNICATIONS AREA.

MISSION CONTROL
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
9000 computers.

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
other areas.

No one is certain of the cause
of this kind of malfunctioning.
It may be over-programming,
(con’t)

12/1/65 c77

C72
CONTINUED

MISSION CONTROL (con’t)
but it could also be any number
of reasons.

In any event, it is somewhat
analogous to human neurotic
behavior. Does this answer
your query? Zero-five-three-
Zero, MC, transmission concluded.

12/1/65 c78

C73
DISCOVERY IN SPACE

c79

C74
CENTRIFUGE.

BOWMAN SITS DOWN
AT THE COMPUTER.

PUTS UP CHESS
BOARD DISPLAY.

HAL
Hello, Dave. Shall we continue
the game?

BOWMAN
Not now, Hal, I’d like to talk to
you about something.

HAL
Sure, Dave, what’s up?

BOWMAN
You know that we checked the two
AO-units that you reported in
imminent failure condition?

HAL
Yes, I know.

BOWMAN
You probably also know that we
found them okay.

HAL
Yes, I know that. But I can
assure you that they were about
to fail.

12/14/65c80

C74
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
Well, that’s just not the case, Hal.
They are perfectly all right. We
tested them under one hundred per
cent overload.

HAL
I’m not questioning your word, Dave,
but it’s just not possible. I’m not
capable of being wrong.

BOWMAN
Hal, is there anything bothering
you? Anything that might account
for this problem?

HAL
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.

BOWMAN
Okay, Hal, well let’s see the
way things go from here on.

12/14/65c81

C74
CONTINUED

HAL
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.

BOWMAN
I know all about your service
record, Hal, but unfortunately
it doesn’t prove that you’re right
now.

Hal
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.

BOWMAN
Yes, well I understand you view
on this now, Hal.

BOWMAN TURNS
TO GO.

12/14/65c82

C74
CONTINUED

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
hours.

C75
DELETED

C76
DELETED

12/14/65c83

C77
DISCOVERY IN SPACE

12/1/65 c84

C78
CENTRIFUGE

BOWMAN KEYS FOR
TRANSMISSION.

BOWMAN
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
the unit.

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
the mission.

We believe, under these
circumstances, it would be
advisable to disconnect the
computer from all ship
operations and continue the
mission under Earth-based
computer control.

12/1/65 c85

C78
CONTINUED

BOWMAN (con’t)
We think the additional risk caused
by the ship-to-earth time lag is
preferable to having an unreliable
on-board computer.

SEE THE DISTANCE;
TO-EARTH TIMER.

BOWMAN (con’t)
One-zero-five-zero, X-ray-delta-
one, transmission concluded.

POOLE
Well, they won’t get that for half an
hour. How about some lunch?

DISSOLVE:

12/14/65c86

C78a
CENTRIFUGE

BOWMAN AND POOLE
EATING.

DESSOLVE:

C79
BOWMAN AND POOLE
AT THE COMMUNICATIONS
AREA.

INCOMING COMMUNI-
CATION PROCEDURE.

MISSION CONTROL
X-ray-delta-one, acknowledging
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
FADE.

ALARM GOES OFF.

HAL
Condition yellow.

BOWMAN AND POOLE
RUSH TO THE COMPUTER.

12/14/65c87

C79
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
What’s up?

HAL
I’m afraid the AO-unit has failed.

BOWMAN AND POOLE
EXCHANGE LOOKS.

BOWMAN
Let me see the alignment display.

C80
THE ALIGNMENT DISPLAY
SHOWS THE EARTH HAS
DRIFTED OFF THE CENTRE
OF THE GRID.

C81
CENTRIFUGE.

BOWMAN
Well, I’ll be damned.

POOLE
Hal was right all the time.

12/14/65c88

C81
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
It seems that way.

HAL
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
service history.

BOWMAN
I’m sorry about the misunderstanding,
Hal.

HAL
Well, don’t worry about it.

BOWMAN
And don’t you worry about it.

HAL
Is your confidence in me fully
restored?

BOWMAN
Yes, it is, Hal.

HAL
Well, that’s a relief. You know
I have the greatest enthusiasm
possible for the mission.

12/1/65 c89

C81
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
Right. Give me the manual antenna
alignment, please.

HAL
You have it.

C82
BOWMAN GOES TO
THE COMMUNICATION
AREA AND TRIES TO
CORRECT THE OFF-
CENTRE EARTH ON
THE GRID PICTURE.

C83
OUTSIDE, WE SEE THE
ALIGNMENT TELESCOPE
ATTACHED TO THE
ANTENNA. THEY TRACK
SLOWLY TOGETHER AS

C84
BOWMAN WORKS THE
MANUAL CONTROLS,
ATTEMPTING TO ALIGN
THE ANTENNA AND
EARTH ON THE

12/1/65 c90

C85
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.

BOWMAN
Well, we’d better get out there
and stick in another unit.

POOLE
It’s the last one.

BOWMAN
Well, now that we’ve got one
that’s actually failed, we
should be able to figure out
what’s happened and fix it.

12/1/65 c91

C86
POD EXITS DISCOVERY.

C87
POOLE IN POD.

C88
POD MANOEUVERS
TO ANTENNA.

C89
BOWMAN IN COMMAND
MODULE.

C90
POD ATTACHES ITSELF
NEAR BASE OF ANTENNA.

12/1/65 c92

C91
POOLE IN POD, WORK-
ING POD ARMS.

C92
LIGHTS SHINE INTO
BACKLIT SHADOW.

C93
POD ARMS WORKING
FLIP-BOLTS.

C94
FLIP-BOLTS STUCK.

C95
POOLE KEEPS TRYING.

12/1/65 c93

C96
FLIP-BOLTS STUCK.

POOLE
There’s something wrong with
the flip-bolts, Dave. You must
have tightened them too much.

BOWMAN
I didn’t do that Frank. I took
particular care not to freeze
them.

POOLE
I guess you don’t know your own
strength, old boy.

BOWMAN
I guess not.

POOLE
I think I’ll have to go out and
burn them off.

BOWMAN
Roger.

BOWMAN IN COMMAND
MODULE LOOKS A BIT
CONCERNED.

12/1/65 c94

C97
POOLE EXITS FROM
POD, CARRYING NEAT
LOOKING WELDING
TORCH.

C98
POOLE JETS HIMSELF
TO BASE OF ANTENNA.

C99
POOLE’S MAGNETIC
BOOTS GRIP THE SIDE
OF DISCOVERY.

C100
POOLE CROUCHES
OVER THE BOLTS,
TRYING FIRST TO
UNDO THEM WITH
A SPANNER.

12/1/65 c95

C100
CONTINUED

POOLE
Hal, swing the pod light around
to shine on the azimuth, please.

HAL
Roger.

C101
THE POD GENTLY
MANOEUVRES ITSELF
TO DIRECT THE LIGHT
BEAM MORE
ACCURATELY.

C102
POOLE IGNITES
ACETYLENE TORCH
AND BEGINS TO BURN
OFF THE FLIP-BOLTS.

C103
SUDDENLY THE POD
JETS IGNITE.

12/1/65 c96

C104
POOLE LOOKS UP TO SEE.

C105
THE POD RUSHING
TOWARDS HIM.

C106
POOLE IS STRUCK
AND INSTANTLY KILLED
BY THE POD, TUMBLING
OFF INTO SPACE.

C107
THE POD SMASHES
INTO THE ANTENNA
DISH, DESTROYING
THE ALIGNMENT
TELESCOPE.

12/1/65 c97

C108
THE POD GOES
HURTLING OFF INTO
SPACE.

C109
INSIDE THE COMMAND
MODULE, BOWMAN
HAS HEARD NOTHING,
POOLE HAD NO TIME
TO UTTER A SOUND.

C110
THEN BOWMAN SEES
POOLE’S BODY SILENTLY
TUMBLING AWAY INTO
SPACE. IT IS FOLLOWED
BY SOME BROKEN TELE-
SCOPE PARTS AND
FINALLY OVERTAKEN
AND SWIFTLY PASSED BY
THE POD ITSELF.

BOWMAN
(in RT cadence)
Hello, Frank. Hello Frank.
Hello Frank… Do you rad
me, Frank?

12/1/65 c98

C110
CONTINUED

THERE IS NOTHING
BUT SILENCE.

C111
POOLE’S FIGURE
SHRINKS STEADILY
AS IT RECEDES
FROM DISCOVERY.

BOWMAN
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.

C112
POOLE’S BODY TUMBLES
SLOWLY AWAY. THERE
IS NO MOTION AND NO
SOUND.

12/1/65 c99

C113
CENTRIFUGE

C114
CLOSE-UP OF
COMPUTER EYE.

C115
POINT-OF-VIEW
SHOT FROM
COMPUTER EYE
WITH SPHERICAL
FISH-EYE EFFECT.
WE SEE BOWMAN
BROODING AT THE
TABLE, SLOWLY
CHEWING ON A
PIECE OF CAKE
AND SIPPING HOT
COFFEE. HE IS
LOOKING AT THE
EYE.

C116
FROM THE SAME
POINT-OF-VIEW WE
SEE BOWMAN RISE.

12/1/65 c100

C116
CONTINUED

AND COME TO THE
EYE. HE STARES INTO
THE EYE FOR SOME
TIME BEFORE SPEAKING.

C117
THE CAMERA COMES
AROUND TO BOWMAN’S
P.O.V. AND WE SEE
THE DISPLAY SHOWING
THE EARTH OFF-CENTRE.

C118
CUT AGAIN TO FISH-
EYE VIEW FROM THE
COMPUTER.

HAL
Too bad about Frank, isn’t it?

BOWMAN
Yes, it is.

HAL
I suppose you’re pretty broken
up about it?

PAUSE

12/14/65c101

C118
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
Yes. I am.

HAL
He was an excellent crew member.

BOWMAN LOOKS
UNCERTAINLY AT
THE COMPUTER.

HAL
It’s a bad break, but it won’t
substantially affect the mission.

BOWMAN THINKS
A LONG TIME.

BOWMAN
Hal, give me manual hibernation
control.

HAL
Have you decided to revive the
rest of the crew, Dave?

PAUSE.

12/14/65c102

C118
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
Yes, I have.

HAL
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.

BOWMAN
The antenna has to be replaced.

HAL
Repairing the antenna is a pretty
dangerous operation.

BOWMAN
It doesn’t have to be, Hal. It’s
more dangerous to be out of
touch with Earth. Let me have
manual control, please.

HAL
I don’t really agree with you, Dave.
My on-board memory store is more
than capable of handling all the
mission requirements.

12/14/65c103

C118
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
Well, in any event, give me the
manual hibernation control.

HAL
If you’re determined to revive
the crew now, I can handle the
whole thing myself. There’s no
need for you to trouble.

BOWMAN
I’m goin to do this myself, Hal.
Let me have the control, please.

HAL
Look, Dave your’ve probably got
a lot to do. I suggest you leave
it to me.

BOWMAN
Hal, switch to manual hibernation
control.

HAL
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.

12/14/65c104

C118
CONTINUED

BOWMAN
I don’t feel like resting. Give
me the control, Hal.

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.

BOWMAN
Hal, I’m in command of this
ship. I order you to release
the manual hibernation control.

HAL
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.

BOWMAN
Hal, unless you follow my
instructions, I shall be forced
to disconnect you.

12/14/65c105

C118
CONTINUED

HAL
If you do that now without Earth
contact the ship will become a
helpless derelict.

BOWMAN
I am prepared to do that anyway.

HAL
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.

BOWMAN
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.

12/14/65c106

C118
CONTINUED

HAL
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.

BOWMAN STANDS
SILENTLY IN FRONT
OF THE COMPUTER
FOR SOME TIME,
AND THEN SLOWLY
WALKS TO THE
HIBERNACULUMS.

C119
HE INITIATES REVIVAL
PROCEDURES, DETAILS
OF WHICH STILL HAVE
TO BE WORKED OUT.

12/14/65c107

C120
HUB-LINK. HAL’S EYE.

C121
HUB-LINK DOOR-
OPENING BUTTON
ACTIVATES ITSELF.

C122
HUB-DOOR OPENS.

C123
COMMAND MODULE.
HAL’S EYE.

C124
COMMAND MODULE
HUB-LINK DOOR-
OPENING BUTTON
ACTIVATES ITSELF.

12/1/65 c108

C125
COMMAND MODULE HUB-
LINK DOOR OPENS.

C126
CENTRIFUGE. HAL’S
EYE.

C127
CENTRIFUGE DOOR-
OPENING BUTTON
ACTIVATES ITSELF.

C128
CENTRIFUGE DOOR
OPENS.

C129
POD BAY. HAL’S EYE.

12/1/65 c109

C130
POD BAY DOOR-
OPENING BUTTON
ACTIVATES ITSELF.

C131
POD BAY DOORS OPEN.

C132
A ROARING EXPLOSION
INSIDE DISCOVERY AS
AIR RUSHES OUT.

C133
LIGHTS GO OUT.

C134
BOWMAN IS SMASHED
AGAINST CENTRIFUGE

12/1/65 c110

C134
CONTINUED

WALL, BUT MANAGES
TO GET INTO EMERGENCY
AIRLOCK WITHIN SECONDS
OF THE ACCIDENT.

C133
INSIDE EMERGENCY
AIR-LOCK ARE EMER-
GENCY AIR SUPPLY,
TWO SPACE SUITS AND
AN EMERGENCY KIT.

DISSOLVE:

12/1/65 c111

C136
DISCOVERY IN SPACE.
NO LIGHTS, POD BAY
DOORS OPEN.

12/1/65 c112

C137
CENTRIFUGE

C138
CENTRIFUGE, DARK.
BOWMAN EMERGES
FROM AIRLOCK
WEARING SPACE SUIT
AND CARRYING FLASH-
LIGHT.

C139
HE WALKS TO HIBER-
NACULUM AND FINDS
THE CREW ARE DEAD.

C140
HE CLIMBS LADDER TO
TO DARK CENTRIFUGE HUB.

12/1/65 c113

C141
HE MAKES HIS WAY
THROUGH THE DARKENED
HUB INTO THE HUB-LINK,
EXITING INTO COMPUTER
BRAIN CONTROL AREA.
C142
BOWMAN ENTERS,
CARRYING FLASH-
LIGHT.

COMPUTER EYE SEES
HIM.

HAL
Something seems to have happened
to the life support system , Dave.

BOWMAN DOESN’T
ANSWER HIM.

HAL
Hello, Dave, have you found out
the trouble?

BOWMAN WORKS HIS
WAY TO THE SOLID
LOGIC PROGRAMME
STORAGE AREA.

12/1/65 c114

C142
CONTINUED

HAL
There’s been a failure in the
pod bay doors. Lucky you
weren’t killed.

THE COMPUTER BRAIN
CONSISTS OF HUNDREDS
OF TRANSPARENT PERSPEX
RECTANGLES, HALF-AN-
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
OUT.

THEY FLOAT IN THE
WEIGHTLESS CONDITION
OF THE BRAIN ROOM.

HAL
Hey, Dave, what are you
doing?

BOWMAN WORKS SWIFTLY.

12/1/65 c115

C142
CONTINUED

HAL
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.

HAL
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.
HAL
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
12/1/65 c116

C142
CONTINUED

HAL
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
you… etc.,”

COMPUTER CONTINUES
TO SING SONG BECOMING
MORE AND MORE CHILDISH
AND MAKING MISTAKES AND
GOING OFF-KEY. IT
FINALLY STOPS COMPLETELY.

C143
BOWMAN GOES TO AN
AREA MARKED ‘EMERGENCY
POWER AND LIFE SUPPORT’.
HE KEYS SOME SWITCHES
AND WE SEE THE LIGHTS GO
ON.

NEARBY, ANOTHER BOARD
‘EMERGENCY MANUAL
CONTROLS’.

HE GOES TO THIS BOARD
AND KEYS ‘CLOSE POD BAY
DOORS’, ‘CLOSE AIR LOCK
DOORS’, etc.,

12/1/65 c117

C144
WE SEE THE VARIOUS
DOORS CLOSING.

C145
POD BAY. BOWMAN
IN SPACE SUIT OBTAINS
NEW ALIGNMENT
TELESCOPE, NEW
AZIMUTH COMPONENT.

C146
BOWMAN IN POD EXITS
POD BAY.

DISSOLVE:

12/1/65 c118

C147
CENTRIFUGE
EVERYTHING NORMAL
AGAIN.

MISSION CONTROL
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…

C148
CUT TO SIMONSON

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
the Mission.
(con’t)
12/13/65c119

C148
CONTINUED

SIMONSON (con’t)
You may have forgotten it, but
we’ve been running through all
the monitor tapes. Do you
remember this?

POOLE’S VOICE
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?

HAL’S VOICE
That is true.

SIMONSON
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
later.

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
(con’t)

12/13/65c120

C148
CONTINUED

SIMONSON (con’t)
from earth he was forced to lie.

In everything except this he had
the usual reinforced truth program-
ming.

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-
ming.

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
death.
(con’t)
12/13/65c121

C148
CONTINUED

SIMONSON (con’t)
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
Bernard.

C149
CUT TO MISSION CONTROL.

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,
(con’t)

12/13/65c122

C149
CONTINUED

MISSION CONTROL (con’t)
had been revived. The briefing is
by Doctor Heywood Floyd. Here it
is…

12/13/65c123

C150
FLOYD’S RECORDED
BRIEFING

FLOYD
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
was discovered.

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
(con’t)

12/13/65c124

C150
CONTINUED

FLOYD (con’t)
radiation in the radio spectrum
which seems to have triggered
by the Lunar sunrise.

Luckily for those at the site, it
proved harmless.

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
sun-powered device.

Burying it could only shield it
from the sun, since its intense
magnetic field made it otherwise
easily detectable.

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.
(con’t)

12/14/65c125

C150
CONTINUED

FLOYD
What is its purpose? I wish we
knew. The object was buried on
the moon about four million years
ago, when our ancestors were
primative man-apes.

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
predicted.

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-
(con’t)

12/14/65c126

C150
CONTINUED

FLOYD (con’t)
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
the contrary.

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
signalling event.

12/14/65c127

C151
WE SEE A REPLAY
OF THE TMA-1 RADIO
EMISSION, AS SEEN
FROM A TV MONITOR
ON THE SPOT. WE
HEAR THE FIVE LOUD
ELECTRONIC SHRIEKS.

12/1/65 c128

D1
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.
REST OF THIS SEQUENCE (con’t)
IS BEING WORKED ON NOW
BY OUR DESIGNERS.
THE INTENTION HERE
IS TO PRESENT A
BREATHTAKINGLY BEA-
UTIFUL AND COMPREHEN-
SIVE SENSE OF DIFFERENT
EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
WORLDS. THE
NARRATION WILL SUGGEST
IMAGES AND SITUATIONS AS
YOU READ IT.

12/9/65 d1

D1
CONTINUED
NARRATOR (con’t)
Those who had begun the expri-
ment so long ago had not been
men.

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-
where.

The great Dinosaurs had long
since perished when their ships
entered the solar system, after
a voyage that had already lasted
thousands of years.

12/9/65 d2

D1
CONTINUED

NARRATOR (con’t)
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
and catalogued.

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.
(con’t)

12/9/65 d3

D1
CONTINUED

NARRATOR (con’t)
On Earth, the glaciers came and
went, while above them, the
changeless Moon still carried its
secret.

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
successors.

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
every way.
(con’t)

12/9/65 d4

D1
CONTINUED

NARRATOR
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
again.

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
of time.

They could rove at will among the
stars, and sink like a subtle mist
through the very interstices of
space.

12/9/65 d5

D1
CONTINUED

NARRATOR (con’t)
But despite their God-like powers,
they still watched over the
experiments their ancestors
had started so many generations
ago.

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
Sun.

If it had been alive, it would have
felt excitement, but such an
emotion was irrelevant to its
great powers.
(con’t)
12/9/65 d6

D1
CONTINUED
NARRATOR (con’t)
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
eternity.

Presently, it felt the gentle touch
of radiations, trying to probe its
secrets.

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,
X-rays.

The machine made no reply. It
had nothing to say.

Then it saw the first robot
probe, which descended and
hovered above the chasm.
(con’t)

12/9/65 d7

D1
CONTINUED

NARRATOR (con’t)
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
its memories.

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.

12/9/65 d8

END OF SCREENPLAY
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