In 1970, two years after the premier of "2001: A Space Odyssey", Arthur C. Clarke, co-author with Stanley Kubrick of the book and the film, agreed to be interviewed by film critic Joe Gelmis on how "2001" was created.
Here Clarke reveals many fascinating details about choosing the basic plot, how he and Kubrick worked together, early title ideas, early shapes and materials for the monoliths, why a careful narration was commissioned and discarded, the only shot not made in a studio, the naming of Bowman (only coincidentally a reference to Odysseus) and HAL (not the letters IBM each moved one letter to the left), the influence of Joseph Campbell's "Hero With a Thousand Faces", Kubrick's idea of myth, and much more.. What about "errors" in the film? Who are the extra-terrestrials? What is "Clarke's law"? Does he really mean "Only carnivores can develop intelligence" and "It's the last great space movie not shot on location".....?
"2001" originally received poor reviews. Joe Gelmis was the first critic to admit his mistake and state in print that he had judged a masterpiece too hastily. His re-evaluation set off a stampede of good re-reviews. The rest, as they say, is history.