'''''The Space Odyssey Series''''' is a series of novels written by ArthurCClarke, which takes a philosophical look at many SpeculativeFictionTropes, such as {{Precursors}}, [[AIIsACrapshoot Intelligent Computers]], space travel and the humankind's place in the universe.

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* ''2001: A Space Odyssey'' (1968): A interesting case since the novel is actually the byproduct to a collaboration between Clarke and Creator/StanleyKubrick, which resulted in [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey the film of the same name]] that came out the same year, which makes the book the {{Novelization}} (Clarke himself said the book should have been credited to "Clarke and Kubrick", just like the movie was credited to "Kubrick and Clarke"). The book and the film are both based on some of Clarke's earlier short stories, most prominently ''The Sentinel'', and they largely follows the same plot, but with some small differences.\\
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A strange [[TheMonolith Monolith]] is discovered on the moon, apparently having been left there by a race of extra-terrestrial lifeforms. As it is being studied by human scientists, it sends some kind of transmission into outer space. About a year later a crew of five astronauts leaves for a scientific exploration travel to Saturn on the space-ship Discovery. Only two of them, David "Dave" Bowman and Francis "Frank" Poole, are left awake to help the sixth crew member, a supercomputer by the name of HAL 9000, with monitoring the ship's day-to-day function. This is just boring routine, until HAL starts acting weird and unpredictable, not only jeopardizing the mission, but also the life of the crew.
* ''2010: Odyssey Two'' (1982): While not initially thought up by Clarke as a movie idea, the book was, in 1984, adapted, with his and Kubrick's blessing, into the film ''TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact''.\\
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Nine years after the Discovery's travel to Jupiter (changed from Saturn to match the film), a joint Soviet-American crew is heading for the mighty gas-planet to [[SendInTheSearchTeam find out what happened]] to the Discovery and its crew. Meanwhile David Bowman, now reborn as a EnergyBeing, is helping the race that created the Monoliths with scouting Jupiter and its moons for primitive lifeforms, hopefully finding one that has potential to turn sentient.
* ''2061: Odyssey Three'' (1987): Heywood Floyd, one of the main characters from the previous novels, has been invited as a celebrity guest for the spaceliner Universe's landing on Halley's Comet. Meanwhile a militant anti-Afrikaner takes control of the shuttle Galaxy, which she crashes into Jupiter's moon, Europa, leaving Universe as the crew of the Galaxy's only hope of rescue.
* ''3001: The Final Odyssey'' (1997): The Discovery crew member, Frank Poole, having been killed by HAL 9000 and left adrift in space for a thousand years, is brought [[BackFromTheDead back to life]] through the wonders of future science, and begins to explore the earth of 3001. Meanwhile, the creators of the Monoliths are making their final speculation about whether or not to sacrifice human kind for the greater good.
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!!This series of novels contain examples of:
* AdamAndEvePlot: Marvel Comics' ''2001: A Space Odyssey'' issue 7 has a Star Child taking two lovers from their doomed planet to repopulate on another.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Nicely averted when an alien life form eats a human, and then vomits it back up, pointing out that alien predators wouldn't necessarily find us tasty or nutritious.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: "The creators of the Monoliths", David Bowman, HAL 9000.
* BroadStrokes[=/=]NegativeContinuity: While all of the novels seems to take all of the events of the previous ones in account, each installment seems to ignore the ending of the previous one. WordOfGod is that each novel takes place in its own [[AlternateUniverse parallel universe]].
* CanonImmigrant: Mister Machine (now Machine Man in the MarvelUniverse).
* CircumcisionAngst: Inverted. A woman loses interest in Frank because his ''is'' circumcised, something that isn't done in 3001.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: In ''3001'', humans are able to clone raptors who are used for labor, and excellent babysitters. They tried using great apes (like gorillas), but as Frank learned, the apes "don't have the patience for it".
* EndlessDaytime: Europa in ''2010'', thanks to Jupiter becoming a star.
* FasterThanLightTravel: Averted. Despite all of the monolith's powers, light speed is as fast as they can send information around.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: ''3001'' Is about a man brought back to life 1000 years in the future and [[AuthorTract Clarke's thoughts]] on what it will be like, then only the last third returns to the ongoing plot of the series.
* JustFriends: Poole's relationship and eventual marriage with Indra is a form of this. They even managed to stay friends after the split up romantically 15 years later.
* LivingGasbag: ''2010: The Year We Make Contact'' had the noncorporeal Bowman journeying down through the Jovian atmosphere, where he sees gigantic non-sentient living beings in various geometric shapes floating through the clouds and consuming similar smaller creatures.
* NightmareFuel: In-Universe in ''3001'', the people were terrified when they observe a planet explode, which triggered a supernova. They are left to wonder if there was intelligence on that planet or if they somehow caused it.
* OhMyGods: In place of "God", the people of ''3001'' say "Deus", example: "By Deus - It's full of stars!".
* OutOfFocus: The Monolith appears in all but the final issue (#10) in the Marvel Comics' ''2001: A Space Odyssey'' series.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: By the year 3001, religion is abolished. That said, they aren't entirely disbelievers: they are generally either "Deists", believing in not more than one god, or "Theists", believing in not less than one god. What this God (or possibly gods) has to say about anything is eminently unclear, however.
* {{Precursors}}: The mysterious race only know as "The creators of the Monoliths". The prologue gave them the name "Firstborn", but was never used in-story.
* RipVanWinkle: Frank Poole
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: ''2061'' mentions that Dr. Chandra died in hibernation on the trip back to Earth after ''2010''. It's implied that he [[DeathByDespair died of grief]] over HAL having been destroyed by the explosion of Jupiter.
* {{Terraform}}: ''2061'' and ''3001'' depicts humankind as being capable of this.
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