2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY is now approaching half a century old, and even the title is dated 15 years in the past. Yet this space movie to end all space movies still holds a fascination for many, and new facts about the movie and its creators are still being unearthed.
Mat Irvine: This limited-edition book is focussed on the movie, but naturally enough, it includes a huge amount of detail that is useful for space modellers.
The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is written by the science writer and 2001 historian, Piers Bizony, and published by the highly-respected Taschen company, from Germany. It is printed in what seems to be an unusual, tall and thin, format. Then you realise that the format is actually the same as the mysterious alien monolith from 2001, a proportional ratio of 1:4:9.
Like all Tatschen books, The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is beautifully produced. The spine is some 40 mm (1.6 in) giving the whole thing a chunky, monolithic feel.
The pages (below) show concept sketches for the realistic space suits worn in the film.
Even if you think you know the movie inside-out, this book will undoubtedly give you fresh insights. And if you have plans to build a 2001 model kit, then the book should help get those details right.
Early concept art (below) of the space station. As seen in the film, it was a double-doughnut shape, shown in partially built form, much as the Death Star was seen under construction in Star Wars.
Scale book stats
Title: The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
Author: Piers Bizony
Publisher: Taschen, 2014
Extent: 562 pages