In my opinion 2001 embodies science fiction, all other science fiction is compared to this book. It's been an Icon in pop culture from Inspiring Ship names for Moon missions in the 60s and 70s, to inspiring musicians like David Bowie. (Space Oddity was inspired by this book) The synopsis is the progress of humanity from its humble beginnings to its evolutionary transformation at the end. You have space travel where everything goes wrong. You have politics where a bureaucrat is on the moon ascertaining to keep a cover story in place or to let the truth come out which would ultimately change Man's place in the universe. I have read this book many times and each time I feel like its the first time each time I draw inspiration from it. To me 2001 is a timeless classic masterpiece.
Rating: 5 stars