2001 A Space Odyssey Author:Arthur C. Clarke You are commander of Discovery, a spacecraft traveling at a hundred thousand miles an hour. Your destination is planet on the farthest reaches of the Solar System. Your companions are a fellow navigator, three deep-freeze hibernauts, and Hal, a chatty computer who ceaselessly guides you course and your life. The mission you und... more »ertake through the abyss of space has been set off by a shrieking slab found within the Moon's crater Clavius. There is no possibility that this strange monolith is a natural formation. It is a deliberately buried calling card, left by an alien intelligence millions of years ago.
And you must find it, wherever, whatever, it is.
1st in the series, 2001, 2010, 2061, 3001 by Arthur C. Clarke.« less
I am an avid sci-fi reader, and 2001 really brought it to the table in the sense that new ideas were being offered. Without giving away plot-points I'll just say that the usual sci-fi problems that one might see in Aldous Huxley or Isaac Asimov just scratch the surface in this novel. The cosmic exploration will blow your mind.