Study Guide

2001: A Space Odyssey Part 4, Chapter 28

By Arthur C. Clarke

Part 4, Chapter 28

In Vacuum

  • And now back to Bowman and his regularly scheduled asphyxiation.
  • There are two levels of doors to outer space, and they're not supposed to open at the same time. So Bowman is sure that Hal is malevolent, now (you knew that already, of course).
  • There is excitement, there is suspense. Will Bowman survive?
  • Shmoop sort of wishes he wouldn't and we could just hang out with the murderous android intelligence for the rest of the book. No such luck, though.
  • Bowman gets into the emergency shelter, where there's an oxygen supply.
  • He gets into the spacesuit.
  • And heads back out. Whitehead is still lying there, not just dead-like now, but really and truly dead.
  • Whitehead, we hardly knew ye.
  • Kaminski and Hunter are dead too. They didn't get much of a speaking part.
  • Bowman heads off to do Hal in.
  • He goes into Hal's control system. Hal tries to dissuade him, but he ignores him.
  • He pulls out electronic brain bits until Hal regresses backwards to his "childhood" as a mere calculator.
  • Then Bowman pulls the plug.

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