- "Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living."
– Arthur C. Clarke in the introduction to 2001: A Space Odyssey.Past Featured Quotes
David Bowman is a central character who appears throughout the science-fiction Space Odyssey series. He is the main protagonist of 2001: A Space Odyssey in both the novel and film. He becomes a non corporeal entity in 2010: Odyssey Two the novel, and in the movie adaption, 2010: The Year We Make Contact. In the two movies, Bowman is played by Keir Dullea.
In the forewords of both 2010 and 2061, Arthur C. Clarke makes it clear that the plots of the movies and books do not necessarily follow a linear arc, and should be viewed as being in parallel universes, or as variations of the main theme. Clarke's explanation was likely moved by the creative differences that were finalized in the 2001 film, and as a way to cover all inconsistencies and contradictions for the sake of his fan-base.
The Syfy network announced in 2014, that it is working with Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free Productions and Warner Horizon Television -– with the full support of the estates of both the author and 2001: A Space Odyssey director Stanley Kubrick -- to adapt Arthur C. Clarke’s novel 3001: The Final Odyssey into a miniseries.
In February 2016, the 3001 Odyssey series was mentioned as one of Syfy's "in development pipeline" projects during their press release for Prototype.
- "Prototype: Syfy Orders New Thriller Series Pilot - canceled TV shows". TV Series Finale. Retrieved on 2017-07-09.
What makes 3001 interesting?
- Meet Halman—where David Bowman and HAL 9000 are merged together.
- Frank Poole is resurrected by way of superior gene technology.
- Earth is interfaced with technology that makes it appear as an enormous space station.
Canon, in fiction, is usually regarded as a group of literary works that are generally accepted as genuine, a principle, or rule. A spin-off could be considered non-canon.
It’s usually the fans who determine if inspired works (called continuity) remains canon, when created by future authors and directors. This is determined (1) if the continuity stays close or true to the original works, or (2) if the continuity works out better than the original (which is generally rare).
Because of creative differences between authors and directors, there are always contradictions in canon. Again, the fans determine what to accept as canon, and what not to, in order to create continuity for more.
- Canon contradiction pages
Continuity of 2001, is Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two. Since the 1984 film adaption 2010: The Year We Make Contact was generally well received, there has been little to no objection in receiving Peter Hayms’ 2010 as canon.
- Canon contradiction pages
Talks of 3001 as a film network series, based on Arthur C. Clarke’s 3001: The Final Odyssey has excited fans, and may be well recieved as canon. Though Ridley Scott’s affiliates are involved, if the Syfy network produces a crap series, the fans will decide on its canonicity.
This Wiki has determined the general following works as canon, even if there are contradictions:
- Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (Read it!)
- Kubrick and Clarke’s 2001 screenplay
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (film)
- Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two (Read it!)
- The Odyssey file (The making of 2010).
- 2010 Screenplay
- 2010: The Year We Make Contact
- Clarke’s 2061: Odyssey Three
- Clarke’s 3001: The Final Odyssey, (Read it!)