2001: A Space Odyssey pt. 2
2001: A Space Odyssey.
This is the second part of our look at the film. We realized that, with two guests, and a big movie like 2001, we would need two parts to do the movie justice. In Part 2, Troy and David and Mark and Rob spend more time on the film, doing a deeper dive than in Part 1. Rob refers to the film as “a paradigm shift.” Mark refers to the film as “a landmark.” Stanley Kubrick wanted to make the first great SF film. Mark and Rob mention other films that predated 2001 that were great SF films. Would Star Wars have happened without 2001? The Schrödinger’s Cast is looked at, which is taking the cast from the original film, and replacing them with people you may not suspect.
Mark Askwith is a writer and Television Producer. He has covered the Science Fiction genre for over 30 years. Mark is the creator of the award-winning Prisoners of Gravity, and he is one of the Founding Producers of SPACE, Canada’s National Science Fiction and Fantasy Channel. He has also produced dozens of half-hour television movie specials, featuring interviews with stars like Tom Hanks, Christian Bale, and Sigourney Weaver. As well, he has interviewed dozens of scientists and astronauts including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Buzz Aldrin, and Chris Hadfield. Neil Gaiman called him The Secret Master of Science Fiction. So, I guess that’s no longer a secret.
Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history—and the only Canadian—to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name. His latest novel is The Oppenheimer Alternative. A member of both the Order of Canada and the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, he lives in Mississauga, Ontario.