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Introduction

   "Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?"
     -- Rock Hudson at the Los Angeles premiere of '2001: A Space Odyssey'

   "If you understand '2001' on the first viewing, we will have failed."
     -- Arthur C. Clarke

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The five-part Headline News series will compare the science fiction of "2001" to today's science reality  
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This is Part 1 in a five-part series exploring themes from the classic science fiction film "2001: A Space Odyssey." The Headline News companion series airs December 26-30. Episode guide
 
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Rock Hudson may have been one of the first to wonder "what the hell" "2001" was all about. But he wasn't the last. Film critic Roger Ebert was also at the Los Angeles premiere and he reports seeing several members of the audience walk out during the middle of the film. The view in Hollywood, says Ebert, was that director Stanley Kubrick "had become derailed."

Reaction from many of the New York film critics was downright hostile. "Unimaginative," wrote the New Yorker's Pauline Kael. The Village Voice called it a disaster. Joseph Gelmis of Newsday described "2001" as "one of the most bizarre movies ever made."

But audiences loved it, and soon many of the critics and moguls who panned the movie had a change of heart. Two weeks later, Newsday's Gelmis said "2001" was a "masterpiece."

Film fans and critics will continue to debate "what the hell this is about" for some time to come. But "2001" is not only a movie about evolution, monoliths, a star child and the nature of the universe. It is also a movie about science.

Starting December 26, Headline News Space Science and Technology Correspondent Allard Beutel looks at the technological vision put forth by Kubrick and co-screenwriter Sir Arthur Clarke. In a five-part series called, "2001: A Space Prophecy," Beutel compares science in the year 2001 to science in the movie "2001."

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Headline News: '2001: A Space Prophecy'

The Prophecy (Part 1)
(all times Eastern)
6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m. - Tuesday, December 26
12:30 a.m., 2:30 a.m., 4:30 a.m. - Wednesday, December 27

Space Planes and Space Stations (Part 2)
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6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m. - Wednesday, December 27
12:30 a.m., 2:30 a.m., 4:30 a.m. - Thursday, December 28

  • Web exclusive: The Science of the International Space Station

    Private Companies in Space (Part 3)
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    6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m. -Thursday, December 28
    12:30 a.m., 2:30 a.m., 4:30 a.m. - Friday, December 29

  • Web exclusive: Space Tourism

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    Artificial Intelligence (Part 4)
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    6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m. -Friday, December 29
    12:30 a.m., 2:30 a.m., 4:30 a.m. - Saturday, December 30

  • Web exclusive: Artificial Intelligence in Space

    The Search for Life (Part 5)
    (all times Eastern)
    6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 830pm, 11pm-Saturday, December 30
    12:30 a.m., 2:30 a.m., 4:30 a.m. - Sunday, December 31

  • Web exclusive: Where's the Monolith?




    RELATED STORIES:
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    November 13, 2000
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    March 8, 1999
    Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick dead at 70
    March 7, 1999

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    The 2001 Internet Resource Archive
    Stanley Kubrick: The Master Filmmaker


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