2001: A Space Odyssey
10 part adaptation of the Arthur C Clarke sci fi classic

2001: A Space Odyssey

Written by Arthur C. Clarke. Abridged and read by William Roberts.

An ancient and unseen alien race uses a device with the appearance of a large crystalline monolith to investigate worlds across the galaxy and, if possible, to encourage the development of intelligent life. The book shows one such monolith appearing in ancient Africa, 3 million years B.C, where it inspires a starving group of hominids to develop tools. The ape-men use their tools to kill animals and eat meat, ending their starvation. They then use the tools to kill a leopard preying on them. The next day, the main ape character, Moon-Watcher, uses a club to kill the leader of a rival tribe. The book suggests that the monolith was instrumental in awakening intelligence. And so the evolution of mankind moves on a pace...

Broadcast in 2001 by BBC Radio 4

  1. The Road to Extinction (12.6Mb)
  2. Tools (12.5Mb)
  3. Epidemic (12.2Mb)
  4. Moon Base (12.5Mb)
  5. Discovery (12.6Mb)
  6. Trouble (12.6Mb)
  7. HAL (12.6Mb)
  8. Mutiny (12.6Mb)
  9. Reconnaisance (12.6Mb)
  10. Monolith (12.8Mb)

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