Study Guide

2001: A Space Odyssey Part 3, Chapter 15

By Arthur C. Clarke

Part 3, Chapter 15

Discovery

  • Jump to a whole new section, and the novel has blessedly left the boring, boring Dr. Heywood behind. He is replaced with the only sort of boring David Bowman.
  • To be fair, Bowman is not in any respect more developed or fleshed out or individual than Floyd. But Bowman has more to do than just stand there and gape at a slab.
  • What he's got to do is get a spacecraft out all the way out to Saturn, helped by his trusty co-astronaut Frank Poole.
  • Originally, they were supposed to go to Jupiter, but then the mission changed, and now they're going to sling around Jupiter and out to Saturn.
  • The ship Discovery can't make it all the way back to Earth.
  • But the astronauts will go into suspended animation for five years, while earth builds the Discovery II to come get them.
  • If that all sounds dicey…well, yes. Foreshadowing.
  • There are three members of the survey team already in hibernation.
  • Nothing good will come of them.
  • Blah, blah, blah—aren't technical details fascinating?
  • Bowman remembers back to being tested in the hibernation chamber.
  • Being frozen and then being woken up is really disorienting, as it turns out.