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2001: A Space Odyssey Part 5, Chapter 38

By Arthur C. Clarke

Part 5, Chapter 38

The Sentinel

  • Bowman speaking again.
  • The air on the ship isn't good; there's enough oxygen but it's not pure, and it's giving him headaches.
  • He wants to leave the ship and try to land on the object in one of his space pods. He thinks he should be able to return to the ship without too much trouble.
  • The Star Gate (that's the name of the slab. We can't call it Big Slab anymore. Too bad.)…where were we? Oh right.
  • The Star Gate is watching Bowman and the ship, and revs up as something (Bowman, presumably) falls towards it.