It was on this day in 1968 that Arthur C. Clarke published 2001: A Space Odyssey. The novel was written in conjunction with Stanley Kubrick while the film version was being made but ultimately it was Clarke who became known as the author of the novel because a lot of the overall project was based on his original short stories. In 1982, Clarke wrote 2010: Odyssey Two, and the novel was made into the film sequel by Peter Hyams in 1984. Also, 2001: A Space Odyssey is actually in limited run in some theatres this weekend. If it happens to be showing in your area, it’s worth it to see on the big screen.
And...look, it’s a Friday and of all the bonkers holidays we’ve mentioned, today is one of our favorites. It’s Hairball Awareness Day. So in addition to singing our Hairball carols all day, we thought we’d talk a bit about great science fiction cats. And then it turned out that we weren’t ever going to beat this list over at Barnesandnoble.com.
For now, let’s go with this:
And, because we’ve been on a real kick about summer reading around here, we do think you should add to your list: Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and H.P. Lovecraft’s The Cats of Ulster.