The bestselling classic-now in trade paperback with an introduction by the author and a dazzling new package. The classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars-and ourselves. 2001: A Space Odyssey confirmed Arthur C. Clarke's reputation as one of the best-known and most influential science fiction writers ever. The book and the 1968 movie are icons of the modern age. Now comes a special trade paperback edition, with a new introduction by the author which sheds light on the powerful synergy between the book and the movie.