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Record Number: 61620
   
The Odyssey File. 1985 The Odyssey File
by Arthur C. Clarke
and Peter Hyams

First Edition 1985.
Del Rey / Ballantine Books.
New York.
ISBN 0345321081.
Paperback.
Cover photograph from the 2010: Odyssey Two film.
xxvi+132 pages plus 16 pages of photographs/stills between pages 70 and 71.
Price: $3.95.

Notes
The Odyssey File by Arthur C. Clarke and Peter Hyams, collected email correspondence regarding 2010: Odyssey Two, between the author of the novel and the director of the film.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1985 printing of the Granada / Panther paperback edition, ISBN 0586066055. Cover photographs from the MGM / United Artists film.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
BEHIND THE SCENES AND ACROSS THE SEAS TO THE WORLD OF 2010

Arthur C. Clarke sits at his Kaypro-II computer in far off Sri Lanka transmitting files to Peter Hyams, who responds in kind from his office in Los Angeles. Thus a fascinating computer correspondence develops.

Now, in The Odyssey File, we get a unique opportunity to tap into the creative process as two of todays gifted writers work on a film of the future using the technology of tomorrow.

In the actual electronic correspondence between Clarke and Hyams, they "chat" about such things as:

  • Details of set design
  • Problems of casting
  • Modifications necessary for the successful translation of a bestselling novel into a stunning screenplay
  • Expensive and time-consuming searches for a house with a built-in dolphin pool and a believable high-tech substitute for the radiotelescope at Arecibo
Plus off-the-cuff chitchat dealing with matters more personal.

IN THE ENLIGHTENING AND ENTERTAINING OPENING SECTION, CLARKE DISCUSSES HIS LOVE AFFAIR WITH COMPUTERS AND EXPLAINS IN SOME DETAIL HOW THIS UNIQUE CORRESPONDENCE ORIGINATED AND THE JOYS AND FRUSTRATIONS IN COMMUNICATING TO SOMEONE HALF A WORLD AWAY

 
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