Study Guide

2001: A Space Odyssey Part 2, Chapter 13

By Arthur C. Clarke

Part 2, Chapter 13

The Slow Dawn

  • Floyd gets on a spacesuit and leaves the Tycho pressure dome to go out and look at the slab.
  • Hello, slab. How'd things go for you today?
  • Floyd goes out and looks at the slab and thinks, weird slab. He wonders if it's black as a solar collector, but that doesn't make sense because it was buried. Why bury a solar collector?
  • That's called foreshadowing, Shmoopers.
  • The sun comes up over the lunar horizon, and the slab emits a huge electronic bzzzzzzzzzzt!
  • Humankind has lost on Jeopardy!.
  • Or that's the fear; the slab has sent out some kind of signal to some kind of super-powered alien folks.
  • As you will see, the thought of super-powered alien folks getting messages from earth makes the earthlings nervous.