2001 : how Stanley Kubrick rewrote science fiction

Part Two of Advanced Science Fiction & Fantasy: writing the 21st century myth

It’s more than a little ironic that the motion picture widely called the “greatest science fiction story ever told” was made by an artist who hated science fiction. Stanley Kubrick thought science fiction was a failure at myth making, and set out to make a new myth for the modern world, and the only great science fiction movie.

2001 : A Space Odyssey took audiences beyond the final frontier of space and time on a psychedelic journey into inner space. It changed science fiction from a mythos of technological progress, towards a new understanding of human consciousness.

The second part of Writing the 21st Century Myth introduces the Novum, Darko Suvin’s advanced technique for writing SF stories.

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2001 : A Space Odyssey

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Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

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