"Kubrick was really big on silence, and that's how space is - quiet and eerie. When something explodes in space, it's silent. ('2001') pushed the depiction of how people saw space travel. It was around the time of the moon landings, so it was all very real. While 'Star Wars' was fantastic and made for a very exciting film, '2001' was a very, very real film, and I think that made it such a success."
   --Marc Cooper, senior technical director in computer graphics at Industrial Light and Magic

I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.

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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Local film critic embarks on the odyssey again
Professor screens "2001" with a student who had never seen it before


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

Digital Gretzky
U of I researchers developing an air hockey playing computer

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

Links to "2001" websites
Includes interviews, essays, pictures, sound bites and a chance to talk to HAL9000