A novel by Arthur C. Clarke
(1993, ROC Science Fiction)
The Odyssey Tetrology, book 1
A monolith spawns intelligence on Earth, is found on the Moon and
around Jupiter, where a manned mission is threatened.
Read July 5th to 12th, 1999
I don't recall much of the movie, except that it seemed a waste of
time. The book is far from it. The ape-men at the beginning
are fleshed out, and are dealt with in a major part of the book.
The HAL scenes are fewer than I thought, and are very engaging.
There are some slow parts at the beginning, and at the end, but most of
the book is riveting. I wonder if the sequels can live up to it.