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2001: A Space Odyssey Part 3, Chapter 16

By Arthur C. Clarke

Part 3, Chapter 16

Hal

  • There's one telescope aimed at earth on Discovery. Bowman sometimes looks through it.
  • He thinks about how he'll be rich and famous. Again, he's not super interesting.
  • But now, at last, more than a third of the way through, the book introduces its one memorable character—Hal.
  • Hal's a computer.
  • There's a bunch of tech gibberish about how people managed to invent artificial intelligence.
  • Then tech gibberish about how awesome Hal is.
  • Then finishes up with saying that awesome tech gibberish Hal might be forced to take over control of the mission if everyone died somehow. Foreshadowing, again, but in a computer-y way.