Study Guide

2001: A Space Odyssey Characters

By Arthur C. Clarke

David Bowman

Characterization doesn't matter much in 2001. You can see this in part in the way the novel skips...

Hal

Hal, the Discovery's computer, is easily the most entertaining character in the book. Supposedly...

Moon-Watcher

In the novel, you first see the man-ape Moon-Watcher disposing of the body of his dad, and...

Aliens

The aliens aren't exactly characters—but then, other than Hal, there aren't very many...

Heywood Floyd

Floyd has more of a role in later novels in the series, but in this one he's even less of a...

Minor Characters

The other non-hibernating astronaut on Discovery. He is indistinguishable from Bowman in most...