I was always kind of proud of this article but I was just told by a friend that I have it all wrong. Kubrick did not work from Clarke's book, they developed the screenplay together while Clarke concurrently developed the book on his own. A starting point for all of this was Clarke's short story, The Sentinel, written two decades earlier, in 1948.
The Kubrick show at LACMA and the buzz around it got me thinking about all of this again. Perhaps my theme should have been about synesthetic interpretations by both men of a shared vision. That being said, Kubrick does it three years later with A Clockwork Orange based on Anthony Burgess' novel. Moments that Burgess triggers with names and words, are detonated by Kubrick with sounds and music.
There is a quick interview with Woody Allen on YouTube in which he talks about his evolved understanding and appreciation of 2001. I watched 2001 again the other day and was actually a little disappointed this time around. I followed it up with the 2002/George Clooney version of Solaris.
Solaris is a 1961 sci fi novel by the Polish author, Stanisław Lem. It was published in English in 1970 and turned into a film in 1972 by the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky as a response to Kubrick's 2001. While 2001 is certainly an American theme of the solitude of exploration, Lem's story is more philosophical, with a European existential pang. It is about the failure of communication between humans and an extraterrestrial life form.