Theme of the Moment: Bella Donna era black & white candids.
Just got this book yesterday. The amount of detail included is incredible, including:
- Pictures of the spacecraft cut from the film, including the Russian bomb satellite, the interplanetary probe that discovered the Monolith orbiting Jupiter, and a space station orbiting Venus.
- Detailed set blueprints, including the pod bay test bench, the Aries cockpit, and the “Athena room” behind Discovery's cockpit.
- Detailed technical notes from Frederick Ordway, the chief scientific adviser on the film, explaining various functions of all the spacecraft, the inner workings of Discovery's nuclear reactor, how Hal worked, what the different spacesuit controls do, etc.
- Previously unseen production artwork, including a three-armed EVA pod and Discovery's atmospheric and soft landing probes.
- Photos of the spacecraft models being built.
- Close-up views of control panels, and of all the modules inside Discovery's centrifuge which we never get a good look at in the movie.
- Blueprints of the nuclear reactor control panel in Discovery's cockpit, with each button labeled.
- Pictures and descriptions of the different scientific instruments at the TMA-1 site.
- A list of all the companies that provided technical consultation to the production, and what they contributed.
Apparently, this book represents only a fraction of previously unreleased material on 2001 that Adam Johnson has uncovered over the last few years. I’ve heard he’s currently working on a follow-up book. It’s not cheap at $50, but if you’re really into 2001, this book is a real eye-opener.
I wish Mystery Science Theater 3000 was still around, just to give people enough perspective to stop referring to every single movie they didn’t like or thought was over-rated as THE WORST MOVIE EVER MADE
HAL lives his life like there’s no tomorrow.
Said no marine biologist who passed the third grade, ever.