Study Guide

2001: A Space Odyssey Part 5, Chapter 36

By Arthur C. Clarke

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Part 5, Chapter 36

Big Brother

  • Bowman is reporting back to earth on what he's seeing. This is supposed to provide a sense of immediacy and excitement.
  • Are you excited yet?
  • What if we tell you that there's a…giant slab on Japetus!
  • Giant slab! Giant slab!
  • Excited now?
  • It's a bigger version of the TMA-1 slab.
  • Go to the office, go downtown, head to the moon, leave earth's orbit—you just can't get away from the giant slabs.

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