"The very opening scene of 'Star Wars' where you have a giant spaceship trembling over your head, and an audience goes, 'Ooh, this is fun, but we know what we're dealing with. We saw this in '2001'. This is how giant spaceships move, quite slowly over your head.' Kubrick established the idiom where if you're showing spacecrafts, you show them drifting slowly. The proper way of showing a spacecraft really is to show it motionless because its apparent motion is nill. But since '2001', a new film grammar has been established."
   --Piers Bizony, author of "2001: Filming the Future"

Fifteen minutes to ignition, all systems nominal.

Sound: Courtesy 2001 I.R.A.

Harry Lange hopes "2001" has stood the test of time
Noted sci-fi design consultant got his start in the 1968 classic

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"2001" fills the theater
Roger Ebert hosts wide-screen showing at the Virginia Theater

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U of I researchers developing an air hockey playing computer

NASA looking beyond 2001
Space station, unmanned probes top the near-term agenda

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Includes interviews, essays, pictures, sound bites and a chance to talk to HAL9000