Yes, I loved it. It was set in Portmerion, N. Wales. My paternal grandparents lived Bangor, N. Wales. About 60 miles away from Portmerion, as the crow flies. Patrick MgGoohan was a co-creator of the series.Quote:
Originally Posted by Iriana
A famous phrase uttered by Patrick is "I am a person, not a number!"
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Sorry. The SRB's of the Space Shuttle used http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammoniu...ite_Propellant.Quote:
Originally Posted by scifan57
I know this because I used to fly high power rockets, and I used the same stuff.
Ammonium perchlorate is the oxidizer for the Aluminum fuel and iron oxide catalyst.Quote:
Originally Posted by MemphisMark
April 6, 2013 marks a momentous occasion in scifi history. 2001 will be 45 years old. For me and, no doubt, many others this story was THE ONE. After reading it nothing was ever the same again. I was hooked on the genre.
I thought it might be an idea for all of us who are regular contributors to this thread, and anyone else who cares to join in, to have a reflective moment on the book, the movie and the sequels.
For anyone who has spent the last 45 years at the bottom of a well, here's a bit of background. Stanley Kubrick approached Arthur C Clarke and announced his intention to make "the proverbial good science fiction movie", and wanted Clarke's advice and input.
What happened next changed sci-fi forever. 5 men and a computer set out on a voyage which, although quite local by the standards of Star Trek and the like, was breathtaking in scope. The visual effects still stand up to scrutiny even today, the soundtrack was outstanding and the overall effect was stunning.
Encompassing 4 million years of evolution, from the primitive to the stars leaves one yearning for more, yet simultaneously hoping that the story is complete in itself. The sequels were good reads, and 2010: The Year We Make Contact wasn't too bad at all, but they had to contend with following the original, the best, the story for which no sequel was possible.
Now talking about space oddities.
Did British Airways beat Virgin in the space race?
2012 BA14 is scheduled to fly past Earth tonight (Europen time zone) :D
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Clarke's intention was to use as much scientific know how as possible, which was the reason Discovery went to Saturn. He was able to describe the gravitational "slingshot" effect when Discovery used Jupiter's gravitational field as a source of energy to accelerate towards Saturn, and the natural balancing of the books when he described how the process slowed Jupiter as Discovery accelerated. He also explored the strange physical attributes of Saturn's moon, Japetus, which is around 6 times more reflective on one face when compared to the other.
Kubrick was satisfied with using Jupiter as the destination. Clarke acknowledges the reason for this in Lost Worlds, and claims that Stanley wanted to keep it simple. All sequels went on to follow the plot of the movie, rather than the book, in this regard.
The complete list of books and movies is:
2001: A Space Odyssey
The lost worlds of 2001
2010: Odyssey 2
2061: Odyssey 3
3001: Final Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
2010: the year we make contact (Peter Hyams)
Heywood Floyd's daughter in 2001 was actually Stanley Kubrick's daughter.
Arthur C Clarke appears in 2010. His part was silent.
Leonard Rossiter also appeared in another Kubrick movie, Barry Lyndon.