Space Odyssey: Michael Benson with David Mikics

Mon. Apr 2, 2018 at 6:30pm EDT
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On the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, Michael Benson chronicles how 2001: A Space Odyssey came to be.

Widely regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Some critics had trouble with the unconventional narrative and grandiose vision. But its overwhelming commercial success paved the way for future sci-fi blockbusters. 

In his new book Space Odyssey  Michael Benson tells the story of Stanley Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke, as well as others who were involved in the groundbreaking film's production. He also explores the legacy of the film fifty years on.

Author Michael Benson will be joined in conversation by David Mikics, the Moores Distinguished Professor in the English Department and Honors College of the University of Houston, who is currently working on a book about Stanley Kubrick for the Yale Jewish Lives series.


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The Program Room opens at 6 PM.

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Mid-Manhattan Library Program Room 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance)
New York, NY 10018