2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke (1968)

A tremendously effective, surprisingly eerie and suspenseful science-fiction classic that’s just as good as its reputation suggests, Arthur C. Clarke’s collaborative effort with Stanley Kubrick continues to age extraordinarily well. The pacing is crisp, the writing is simultaneously complicated yet easy to follow, and the novel captures the reader’s imagination in ways that are rather unexpected. Yet what manages to impress the most is Clarke’s impossibly prescient prediction of the development of various technologies, turning the narrative into sociological philosophy that adds undeniable weight to the entire project.

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

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