Study Guide

2001: A Space Odyssey Part 4, Chapter 26

By Arthur C. Clarke

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Part 4, Chapter 26

Dialogue With Hal

  • Bowman is grief stricken; Hal tries to be sympathetic, but he doesn't do it too well.
  • Bowman is trying to figure out if Hal killed Poole. If so, that doesn't bode well.
  • If a crewmember is killed, the survivor is supposed to wake up one of the folks in hibernation.
  • So Bowman asks for manual control to revive everybody.
  • Hal reminds him that only one revival is required. And then Hal suggests that he revive no one, which is against protocol.
  • Bowman orders Hal to give manual control; Hal suggests that Bowman is incapacitated, and so Hal needs to take command. It's a robot mutiny.
  • Bowman threatens to disconnect Hal.
  • Hal capitulates and gives over manual control…or does he.
  • Bowman goes about waking up one of the frozen crew. His name is Whitehead, but it doesn't really matter. He won't be around long.
  • Technobabble here.
  • Then Bowman hears a bad sound.
  • The airlock doors are opening.

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