SAL 9000 is a supercomputer, used by Dr. Chandra, introduced in Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two, and its 1984 film adaption.

2010 odysseyEdit


SAL is HAL 9000’s twin, located on Earth in 2001, to receive data radioed back from Discovery.[1] It was one of three 9000 series computers developed by the United States. In 2010: The Year We Make Contact, SAL is the “female” version of HAL.

SAL and HALEdit

“Will I dream?”[note 1]



SAL 9000
  1. The two computers asking Dr. Chandra, “Will I dream?” — may have been a wink to Philip K. Dick’s 1968 short story, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982).


  1. Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two, p. 3 (Read it!)