Books like 2001: A Space Odyssey?

So on Friday I finished 2001and I enjoyed. This was really the first book that I've enjoyed in years. (Thanks to Logan for talking about it all the time)

But anyways I was wondering if there are any other books like it? (Excluding the Rest of series)


most of Clarke's books are like that. Rendezvous with Rama is a good one, the whole series. i love how sci fiction always has these special insights to humanity in general.

i always recommend Ender's Game and that whole series as well.

but no one does the hard science style like Arthur C Clarke -rip



Yeah, like anarekist said, sticking with Arthur C. Clarke is a good bet if you want something similar in tone to 2001, and Rendezvous with Rama is a good example.  You could also check out the other sci fi greats as well, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick and Robert Heinlein being chief among them.  Though not identical in tone to Clarke, they are all very compelling in their own way.  

You could of course look at the Dune series by Frank Herbert (it's a good deal different than the movie), or maybe pick up something by Bradbury, Vonnegut or Orwell too.  All good sci fi writers with varying degrees of fantasy and dystopia.  If you want something a bit more recent, the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell is pretty decent as well, though likely not a classic.

There is a sequel to 2001 called '2010 Odyssey Two' however it is based off the movie made by Stanley Kubrick.

There is a third book in that series called '2061: Odyssey Three' but I haven't read that one.