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2001: A Space Odyssey | Jupiter and beyond the Infinite with Echoes

“In a book called “Saucerful of Secrets: a Pink Floyd Odyssey” it’s (sic) briefly told about a situation, when film-maker Stanley Kubrick was making “2001: a Space Odyssey”, he asked the band to contribute to the soundtrack. Obviously, they turned him down. Apparently, Roger Waters later admitted, that this was one of the few career moves he ever made that he truly regret. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was released in 1968, and “Meddle” with Echoes in 1971.” –BGawcio

In Memoriam: Roger Ebert (1942-2013)


Roger Ebert’s “Thought Experiments”

“When I was eleven or twelve…I was reading all the prozines–Analog, F&SF, Galaxy, If, Infinity, Imagination, Imaginative Tales, Fantastic Universe . . . see how I can still name them. I waited impatiently for the installments of Hal Clement’s Mission of Gravity in ASF. Emsh and Freas, tiny signatures at the bottom of the covers, began to mean a lot to me–and Chesley Bonestell on F&SF, of course. I have hundreds of mags in a closet even now, all with a little sticker on the inside cover that says Roger Ebert’s Science Fiction Collection. Every five years or so, in the middle of another task, I’ll look at them and a particular cover will bring memory flooding back like a madeleine. The cover of If, for example, illustrating the story about a toy that zapped paper clips into the fourth dimension–and what happened when they started leaking back into this one. I bought the Ballantine paperbacks by Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Sheckley, and the Ace Doubles by Murray Leinster and Eric Frank Russell. I bought the anthologies by Groff Conklin and H.L. Gold and the legendary John W. Campbell, Jr. I founded the Urbana High School Science Fiction Club; we rented “Destination Moon” and showed it in the auditorium, we went to a speech on the campus by Clarke and got his autograph, and we made a tape recording of H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds, complete with sound effects and a performance by my classmate Dave Stiers, who later became David Ogden Stiers of M*A*S*H.”

–Roger Ebert, “Thought Experiments” Asimov’s Science Fiction

In Memoriam

No film critic understood science fiction better than Roger Ebert. As a young boy growing up in Illinois he was taken in by the science fiction of John W. Campbell, among others. When films like 2001: A Space Odyssey hit theaters in 1968, his approach to its unique narrative was intelligent and apropos. Today, word has come that Roger has succumbed to the cancer that has dogged him for over ten years. Film literature has taken a devastating hit.

Enjoy the other side, Roger.

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