Reply to post: Star Trek was a revolutionary interpretation of space that rejected the sci-fi conventions

2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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Star Trek was a revolutionary interpretation of space that rejected the sci-fi conventions

Only if you'd never actually read SF books, which it mined deeply.

Nor was 2001 ground breaking Cinema SF. It was visually stunning and had some degree of realism. About 1/2 of it is regarded as quite boring by most people.

Kubrick's & Clarke's changes were for the better for the film, which I enjoyed. I'm an avid SF reader and found the book and sequels a bit Meh.

Silent Runnings, Dark Star, Forbidden Planet may be lesser films visually & musically, but really better stories and more entertaining. The argument with the AI bomb in Dark Star IMO more compelling than HAL.

Nor was the story, space station, spaceship, Aliens, HAL or the electronic tablets anything new at all in written SF (25 to 35 years old). AC Clarke himself had much earlier realistic space station in novels and short stories.

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