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pp 221 Vintage Paperback in very good condition; slight spine creasing; age toning of pages; back cover has a slight fold/crease; signet book Q3580MGM movie tie-in with 16 pages of photos from the film. In an African desert millions of years ago, a tribe of hominids is driven away from its water hole by a rival tribe. They awaken to find a featureless black monolith has appeared before them. Influenced by the monolith, they discover how to use a bone as a weapon and drive their rivals away from the water hole. Millions of years later, the United States spacecraft Discovery One is bound for Jupiter to investigate a monolilth found buried on the moon. On board are mission pilots and scientists Dr. David Bowman and Dr. Frank Poole, along with three other scientists in suspended animation. Most of Discovery's operations are controlled by the ship's computer, HAL 9000, referred to by the crew as "Hal". An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time. The story deals with the themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life.