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2001: A Space Odyssey Part 1, Chapter 6

By Arthur C. Clarke

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Part 1, Chapter 6

Ascent of Man

  • Time passes.
  • More time passes.
  • More time passes.
  • Lots of time; thousands and millions of years.
  • Whoosh!
  • The man-apes get more man-like.
  • No word about what happens to the women-apes. 2001 doesn't care much about women.
  • Anyway, apes get more like humans-beings, ice ages come and go.
  • Using tools gives the apes dexterity, which they use to make better tools, or at least use the ones they've got better.
  • Also they've learned to talk, which is helpful.
  • Humans are awesome and powerful and have bigger and badder tools, including nuclear weapons, which are not so cool because they could kill everybody.
  • That's the ominous end of part one.

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