Talk:David Bowman (Space Odyssey)

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The following was removed:
The story for the movie and book were both jointly written by Clarke and Kubrick. They agreed that the movie would be presented as by Kurbick, and that the book would be presented as by Clarke. For an elaboration of their collaborative work on this project, see "The Lost Worlds of 2001", Arthur C. Clarke, Signet, 1972. ... The book "2010" was made into a movie.

This is an article about David Bowman, not about the book or movie. (although, this might be a great addition for that article) maveric149

The name of the sequal to the movie 2001, is "2010 The Year We Make Contact". The name of the book 2010 was "2010 Odyssey Two" (At least those are the titles on my respective 2010 DVD and 2010 Book -- Please respond if the movie was origionaly released as "Odyssey Two"). maveric149

I really like the addition of the etymological significance of David Bowman's name maveric149 (origional author of article)

Thanks for the compliment Aleksandar Guzijan


From David Bowman/ToDo

1) Rewrite of 2001 paragraph to improve flow and readability. 2) Create paragraph on 2010 3) Get information on Bowman's role in 2061 & 3001

--Vision4bg 01:37, 9 November 2005 (UTC) Unless you've got something to back up the etymology you can't state your opinion as factual. I've made some minor rewordings to reflect that.

I just added a picture of David Bowman at the end of 2001. Gunmetal2k4

Another Dave/David Bowman?[edit]

Wasn't there an American jazz pianist called Dave Bowman? (I can't imagine Arthur C. Clarke making that particular connexion, though.)

Hair Commodore 12:03, 24 October 2006 (UTC)


This article claims that David Bowie took this character's name into account when choosing his stage name. However, David Bowie's first solo album was released in 1967. Both the novel and the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" were released in 1968. Does anyone have any information supporting this? If not, I think it should be changed.

2010: the novel[edit]

I just changed this phrase, "His first action is to trigger all the nuclear weapons in arms satellites that orbit the Earth, derailing the onset of a war." to "His first action is to trigger a nuclear weapon in orbit around the Earth, in order to absorb the energy contained within for his own use." The novel does not include the Cold War brink-of-destruction connotations that feature so prominently in the movie. He does, in fact, detonate one warhead (or weapon), but absorbs the energy into himself. Clarke describes him as "radiating wastefully" as he heads down to the surface from the satellite. Sorry about the lack of citation, I don't have the book in front of me ATM. Jedikaiti (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 23:06, 1 March 2010 (UTC).

Bowman == Odysseus, surely.[edit]

My guess for the etymology of the name is that the eponymous character of Homer's Odyssey (Odysseus ... duh!) was an archer -- at least, his bow was what he used to slay Penelope's suitors when he finally made it back home to Ithaca. And of course Odysseus was the sole survivor by the end of the story. Makes sense to me, anyway. Oh, and maybe HAL was Cyclops. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:46, 27 September 2012 (UTC)