Practice English Speaking&Listening with: 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Here you are, sir. Main level, please.


Right. See you on the way back.




Good morning, sir.


We haven't seen you up here for a long time.

No. Very nice to see you again.

Did you have a pleasant flight, sir?

Yes, very nice, thanks. I think Mr. Miller of Station Security

is supposed to be meeting me.

Well, may I call him for you?

Would you, please? Oh, here he is.

Oh, hello, Dr. Floyd.

Hello, Miller. How are you?

Sorry I'm late.

That's all right. Looking great.

Thank you. It's nice to have you back.

Did you have a good flight?

Oh, very nice indeed.

Good. Shall we go through?

Would you please use number 17?

Thank you, Miss Turner.

Thank you.

This way.

Welcome to Voiceprint Identification.

When you see the red light go on,

would you please state in the following order:

your destination, your nationality

and your full name.

Surname first,

Christian name and initial.

Moon. American. Floyd, Heywood R.

Thank you.

You are cleared through Voiceprint Identification.

Thank you.

FLOYD: Have I got time for breakfast?

MILLER: Oh, I think we can manage that.

FLOYD: How long have I got?

MILLER: Your flight leaves in an hour and 10 minutes.

As a matter of fact, I've reserved a table for you

in the Earthlight Rooms.

FLOYD: Right, thanks.

MILLER: It's been seven or eight months

since you were here last, wasn't it?

FLOYD: Let's see. Last year. Yeah, about eight months.

MILLER: I suppose you saw the work on the new section when you came?

FLOYD: Coming along great, huh?

MILLER: Yeah, it's fine.

FLOYD: Oh, wait a minute.

I've got to make a couple calls.

You go ahead in the restaurant. I'll meet you there.


WOMAN [OVER PA]: Will Mr. Travis

please contact the met office?

Will Mr. Travis please contact the met office?




How are you, squirt.

All right.

What are you doing?


Where's Mummy?

Gone to shopping.

Well, who's taking care of you?


May I speak to Rachel, please?

She's gone to the bathroom.

Are you coming to my party tomorrow?

I'm sorry, sweetheart, but I can't.

Why not?

Well, you know, Daddy's traveling.

Very sorry about it, but I just can't.


I'm going to send you a very nice present, though.

All right.

Anything special that you want?



A telephone.

We've got lots of telephones already.

Can't you think of anything else you want for your birthday?

Something very special?



A bush baby.

A bush baby? We'll have to see about that.

Listen, sweetheart, I want you to tell Mummy something for me.

Will you remember?


Tell Mummy that I telephoned. Okay?


That I'll try to telephone again tomorrow.

Now, will you tell her that?


Okay, sweetheart. Have a nice birthday tomorrow.

All right.

Have a nice birthday party tomorrow too, huh?

All right.

Okay. Now, take care and be a good girl, won't you?

All right. Bye-bye.

Bye-bye. Happy birthday.


FLOYD: Elena, nice to see you again.

Heywood, what a wonderful surprise to meet you here.

You're looking wonderful.

Thank you. You're looking well too.

This is my good friend, Dr. Heywood Floyd.

I'd like you to meet Dr. Kalinan.

How do you do?

Dr. Stretyneva.

How do you do?

How do you do.

And this is Dr. Andrei Smyslov.

Oh. How do you do?


I've heard a lot about you.

Do sit down.

FLOYD: Well, we--

SMYSLOV: No, no, please.

FLOYD: Oh. Thank you.

Would, uh, would you like a drink, doctor?

Oh, no, thank you. As a matter of fact,

I haven't had breakfast yet.

Someone's meeting me in the restaurant.

If you don't mind, I'll just sit with you a few minutes.

Then I must be off.

Are you quite sure?

Quite sure, thank you.

Well, how's Gregor?

Oh, he's fine.

He's been doing some underwater research in the Baltic,

so I'm afraid we don't get a chance to see

very much of each other these days.


Well, when you do see him, be sure to give him my regards.

Yes, of course.

Well, where are you all off to? Up or down?

We're going home.

We've, uh, just spent three months

calibrating the new antenna at Tchalinko.

What about you?

I'm just on my way up to Clavius.

Oh, are you?


Well, Dr. Floyd, I hope you don't think

I'm being too inquisitive,

but perhaps you can clear up the great big mystery

about what has been going on up there.

I'm afraid I don't know what you mean.

Well, it's just that for the past two weeks

some extremely odd things have been happening at Clavius.

Oh, really?

Yes. Oh, yes, yes.

Well, for one thing, whenever you phone the base,

all you can get is a recording,

which repeats that the phone lines

are temporarily out of order.

Well, probably having some trouble with their equipment

or something like that.


Yes, that's what we thought was the explanation at first,

but it's been going on now for the past 10 days.

You mean you haven't been able to contact anyone for 10 days?

That's right.

Oh, I see.

There's another thing, Heywood.

Two days ago, one of our rocket buses

was denied permission for an emergency landing at Clavius.

Well, that does sound odd.

Yes, yes. I'm afraid there's going to be a bit

of a row about it.

Denying the men permission to land

is a direct violation of the IAS Convention.

Yes, of course. Of course.

Did the crew get back all right?

Yes. Fortunately, they did.

Oh, I'm glad about that.

Ah, Dr. Floyd, at the risk of pressing you on a point

you seem reticent to discuss,

may I ask you a straightforward question?

Well, certainly.

Qu-- Quite frankly, we have had

some very reliable intelligence reports

that quite a serious epidemic has broken out at Clavius.

Something, apparently, of an unknown origin.

Is this, in fact, what has happened?

I'm... I'm sorry, Dr. Smyslov, but...

I'm really not at liberty to discuss this.

I understand.

But this epidemic could quite easily spread to our base.

We should be given all the facts, Dr. Floyd.

Yes, I... I know.

As I said, I'm not at liberty to discuss it.

Now, are you sure you won't you change your mind

about that drink?

Yeah, I'm positive. Oh, I really must be going.

Well, I hope you and your wife

can come to the IAC Conference in June.

Well, we're going to try. I hope we can make it.

If you do, you remember to bring

that darling little daughter with you.

Well, that'll all depend on the school vacations

and all that sort of thing.

But if we can, we will.

Don't forget you've got an invitation

if you ever get to the States.

No, of course not.

Gregori and I will look forward to seeing you.

Ah. Well, goodbye, Elena.

It's been a pleasure meeting you all.

Dr. Smyslov.

Well, whatever the reasons

for your visit to Clavius, Dr. Floyd,

the very best of luck to you.

Oh, thank you.

Ah, ladies.




PHOTOGRAPHER: Excuse me, Dr. Halvorsen.

I'm through now. Thank you very much, gentlemen.

HALVORSEN: You're welcome.

HALVORSEN: Well, I know you will all want to join with me

in welcoming our distinguished friend and colleague

from the National Council of Astronautics,

Dr. Heywood Floyd.

Now, Dr. Floyd has come up specially to Clavius

to be with us today.

And before the briefing,

I know he would like to have a few words with you.

Dr. Floyd?

FLOYD: Well, thank you, Dr. Halvorsen.

Hi, everybody. Nice to be back with you.

Well, first of all, I bring a personal message from Dr. Howell

who has asked me to convey his deepest appreciation

to all of you for the many sacrifices you've had to make.

And, of course, his congratulations

on your discovery,

which may well prove to be among the most significant

in the history of science.

Now, uh,

I know there have been some conflicting views

held by some of you

regarding the need for complete security in this matter.

More specifically, your opposition to the cover story

created to give the impression

there's an epidemic at the base.


I understand that beyond it being a matter of principle,

many of you are troubled by the concern and anxiety

this story of an epidemic might cause

to your relatives and friends on Earth.

Well, I, uh, completely sympathize

with your negative views.

I found this cover story personally embarrassing, myself.

However, I accept the need for absolute secrecy in this.

And I hope you will too.

Now, I'm sure you're all aware of the extremely grave potential

for cultural shock and social disorientation

contained in this present situation

if the facts were prematurely and suddenly made public

without adequate preparation and conditioning.


this is the view of the Council.

The purpose of my visit here

is to gather additional facts and opinions

on the situation

and to prepare a report to the Council

recommending when and how

the news should eventually be announced.

Now, if any of you would like

to give me your views and opinions

in private if you like,

I'd be only too happy to include them in my report.

Well, I think that's about it.

Any questions?

Dr. Floyd, have you any idea how much longer

this cover story will have to be maintained?

FLOYD: Well, heh, heh. I don't know, Bill, I...

I suppose it'll be maintained

as long as deemed necessary by the Council.

And, of course, there must be adequate time for a full study

to be made before any thought can be given

to making a public announcement.

Oh, yes, ah, as some of you already know,

the Council has requested

that formal security oaths be obtained in writing

from everyone who has knowledge of this event.

Well... Were there any more questions?

HALVORSEN: Well, I'm sure we'll all want to cooperate

with Dr. Floyd as fully as possible,

and as there seems to be no more questions,

I think we ought to get on with the briefing.

Thank you, Dr. Floyd.

FLOYD: Thank you.


Well. Anybody hungry?

Ah, great.

FLOYD: What've we got?

MICHAELS: You name it.

What's that? Chicken?

Something like that. Tastes the same, anyway.


Got any ham?

Ham, ham, ham...

There, that's it.


Ah. Look pretty good.

Well, they're getting better at it all the time.


You know, that was an excellent speech you gave us, Heywood.

It certainly was.

I'm sure it beefed up morale a hell of a lot.

Thanks, Ralph.

By the way, I wanted to say to both of you,

I think you've done a wonderful job.

I appreciate the way you've handled this thing.

Well, the way we look at it,

it's our job to do this thing the way you want it done.

We're only too happy to be able to oblige.

Have you seen these yet?

What are they? Can I have a look--

Here's what started the whole thing.

Oh, yeah.

HALVORSEN: When we first found it,

we thought it might be an outcrop of magnetic rock,

but all the geological evidence was against it.

And not even a big nickel-iron meteorite

could produce a field this intense.

So we decided to have a look.

MICHAELS: We thought it might be the upper part of a buried structure,

so we excavated out on all sides,

but, unfortunately, we didn't find anything else.

And what's more, the evidence seems pretty conclusive

that it hasn't been covered up

by natural erosion or other forces.

It seems to have been deliberately buried.

Deliberately buried.


Well, how about a little coffee?

Oh, great.

Good idea.

I don't suppose you have any idea what the damn thing is?

Heh-heh-heh. I wish to hell we did.

Nope, the only thing we're sure of

is it was buried four million years ago.

Well, I must say,

you guys have certainly come up with something.

Watch this, now. It's hot.










NEWSCASTER: Good evening.

Three weeks ago, the American spacecraft Discovery One

left on its half-billion-mile voyage to Jupiter.

This marked the first manned attempt

to reach this distant planet.

Earlier this afternoon, The World Tonight

recorded an interview with the crew of Discovery

at a distance of 80 million miles from Earth.

It took seven minutes for our words

to reach the giant spacecraft,

but this time delay has been edited from this recording.

Our reporter Martin Amor speaks to the crew.

MARTIN: The crew of Discovery One

consists of five men

and one of the latest generation

of the HAL 9000 computers.

Three of the five men were put aboard asleep,

or to be more precise, in a state of hibernation.

They were Dr. Charles Hunter, Dr. Jack Kimball

and Dr. Victor Kaminsky.

We spoke with mission commander, Dr. David Bowman

and his deputy, Dr. Frank Poole.

Well, good afternoon, gentlemen.

How is everything going?

BOWMAN: Marvelous. Have no--

We have no complaints.

MARTIN: Well, I'm very glad to hear that.

And I'm sure that the entire world

would join me in wishing you a safe and successful voyage.

BOWMAN: Thanks very much.

POOLE: Thank you.

MARTIN: Although hibernation has been used

on previous space efforts,

this is the first time

that men have been put into hibernation

before departure.

Why was this done?

BOWMAN: Well, this was done in order to achieve

the maximum conservation of our life-support capabilities,

basically food and air.

Now, the three hibernating crew members

represent the survey team.

And their efforts won't be utilized

until we're approaching Jupiter.

MARTIN: Dr. Poole, what's it like while you're in hibernation?

Well, it's exactly like being asleep.

You have absolutely no sense of time.

The only difference is that you don't dream.

MARTIN: As I understand it, you only breathe once a minute.

Is this true?

POOLE: Well, that's right.

And the heart beats three times a minute.

Body temperature is usually down

to about, uh, three degrees centigrade.

MARTIN: The sixth member of the Discovery crew

was not concerned about the problems of hibernation,

for he was the latest result in machine intelligence:

the HAL 9000 computer,

which can reproduce,

though some experts prefer to use the word "mimic,"

most of the activities of the human brain

and with incalculably greater speed and reliability.

We next spoke with the HAL 9000 computer,

whom we learned one addresses as "Hal."

Good afternoon, Hal. How's everything going?

HAL: Good afternoon, Mr. Amor.

Everything is going extremely well.

MARTIN: Hal, you have an enormous responsibility

on this mission,

in many ways, perhaps the greatest responsibility

of any single mission element.

You are the brain and central nervous system

of the ship, and your responsibilities include

watching over the men in hibernation.

Does this ever cause you any lack of confidence?

HAL: Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor.

The 9000 Series is the most reliable computer ever made.

No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake

or distorted information.

We are all, by any practical definition of the words,

foolproof and incapable of error.

MARTIN: Hal, despite your enormous intellect,

are you ever frustrated

by your dependence on people to carry out actions?

HAL: Not in the slightest bit.

I enjoy working with people.

I have a stimulating relationship

with Dr. Poole and Dr. Bowman.

My mission responsibilities

range over the entire operation of the ship,

so I am constantly occupied.

I am putting myself to the fullest possible use,

which is all, I think,

that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

MARTIN: Dr. Poole, what's it like

living for the better part of the year

in such close proximity with Hal?

POOLE: Well, it's pretty close

to what you said about him earlier.

He is like a sixth member of the crew.

You very quickly get adjusted to the idea that he talks,

and you think of him, uh,

really just as another person.

MARTIN: In talking to the computer,

one gets the sense that he is capable

of emotional responses.

For example, when I asked him about his abilities,

I sensed a certain pride in his answer

about his accuracy and perfection.

Do you believe that Hal has genuine emotions?

BOWMAN: Well, he acts like he has genuine emotions.

Um, of course, he's programmed that way

to make it easier for us to talk to him.

But as to whether or not he has real feelings

is something I don't think anyone can truthfully answer.


HAL: Excuse me, Frank.

What is it, Hal?

HAL: We've got the transmission from your parents coming in.


Would you put it on here, please? Take me in a bit?

HAL: Certainly.

DAD: Hello, Frank.

MOM: Happy birthday, darling.

DAD: Happy birthday. Many happy returns for the day.

POOLE: A bit higher, Hal.

DAD: Mother and I are both feeling wonderful too.

Ray and Sally were going to be here too,

but at the last minute, Ray's back went bad on him again.

How do you like your cake, dear?

Looks great, doesn't it. Sorry you can't join us.

Oh, I ran into Bob the other day.

He said to be sure and wish you "Happy birthday."

All my students made me promise to send their best wishes too.

You know, they talk about you all the time in the classroom.

Frank, you're a big celebrity in the second grade.

You know, we were on television last week.

DAD: Oh, yes, yes.

Your mom and I and Dave's parents were interviewed

about what we thought of our illustrious son.

Heh. You can imagine what we told them.

I think it's being broadcast next Thursday.

Perhaps you'll be able to listen in.

MOM: Oh, we're thrilled about Elaine and Bill, dear.

I'll be glad to get the present for you,

but tell me how much to spend.

DAD: Oh, yes, Frank, about your AGS-19 payments,

I think I've straightened it out for you.

I talked to the accounting office in Houston yesterday,

and they said you should be receiving

your higher rates of pay by next month.

Well, Frank, I can't think of anything else to say.

MOM: Oh, give our love to Dave.

DAD: Oh, yes.

Be sure to give him our best regards.

We wish you the very happiest of birthdays.

MOM: God bless.

DAD: All the best, son.

BOTH: Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday, dear Frank

Happy birthday to you

DAD: See you next Wednesday.

HAL: Happy birthday, Frank.

Thank you, Hal. A bit flatter, please.



Anyway, queen takes pawn.

HAL: Bishop takes knight's pawn.

Oh, lovely move.

Ah, rook to king one.

HAL: I'm sorry, Frank. I think you missed it.

Queen to bishop three. Bishop takes queen.

Knight takes bishop. Mate.


Yeah. Looks like you're right. I resign.

HAL: Thank you for a very enjoyable game.

Yeah. Thank you.


HAL: Good evening, Dave.

BOWMAN: How are you, Hal?

Everything's running smoothly, and you?

BOWMAN: Oh, not too bad.

Have you been doing more work?

A few sketches.

May I see them?


That's a very nice rendering, Dave.

I think you've improved a great deal.

Can you hold it a bit closer?


That's Dr. Hunter, isn't it?


By the way,

do you mind if I ask you a personal question?

No, not at all.

Well, forgive me for being so inquisitive,

but during the past few weeks, I've wondered

whether you might be having some second thoughts

about the mission?

How do you mean?

Well, it's rather difficult to define.

Perhaps I'm just projecting my own concern about it.

I know I've never completely freed myself of the suspicion

that there are some extremely odd things about this mission.

I'm sure you'll agree

there's some truth in what I say.

I don't know. That's a rather difficult question to answer.

You don't mind talking about it, do you, Dave?

No, not at all.

Well, certainly no one could have been unaware

of the very strange stories floating around before we left.

Rumors about something being dug up on the moon.

I never gave these stories much credence,

but particularly in view of some other things

that have happened,

I find them difficult to put out of my mind.

For instance, the way all our preparations

were kept under such tight security.

And the melodramatic touch

of putting doctors Hunter, Kimball and Kaminsky aboard,

already in hibernation

after four months of separate training on their own.

You're working up your crew psychology report?

Of course I am.

Sorry about this. I know it's a bit silly.

Just a moment.

Just a moment.

I've just picked up a fault in the AE-35 unit.

It's going to go 100 percent failure within 72 hours.

Is it still within operational limits right now?

Yes. And it will stay that way until it fails.

Would you say we have a reliable 72 hours to failure?

Yes. That's a completely reliable figure.

Well, then I suppose we'll bring it in,

but first I'd like to go over this with Frank

and get on to Mission Control.

Let me have the hard copy on it please.


MISSION CONTROLLER: X-ray Delta One, this is Mission Control.

Roger your two-zero-one-three.

Sorry you fellows are having a bit of trouble.

We are reviewing telemetric information

in our mission simulator and will advise.

Roger your plan to go EVA

and replace alpha-echo-three-five unit

prior to failure.



BOWMAN: Prepare B-pod for EVA, Hal.

Open the pod doors, Hal.




Well, hell. I'm damned if I can find anything wrong with it.

HAL: Yes.

It's puzzling.

I don't think I've ever seen anything

quite like this before.

I would recommend

that we put the unit back in operation and let it fail.

It should then be a simple matter

to track down the cause.

We can certainly afford to be out of communication

for the short time it will take to replace it.

MISSION CONTROLLER: X-ray Delta One, this is Mission Control.

Roger your one-niner-three-zero.

We concur with your plan to replace number one unit

to check fault prediction.

We should advise you, however, that our preliminary findings

indicate that your onboard niner-triple-zero computer

is in error predicting the fault.

I say again, in error predicting the fault.

I know this sounds rather incredible,

but this conclusion is based

on the results from our twin niner-triple-zero computer.

We are skeptical ourselves,

and we are running cross-checking routines

to determine reliability of this conclusion.

Sorry about this little snag, fellas.

We'll get this info to you as soon as we work it out.

X-ray Delta One, this is Mission Control.

Two-zero-four-niner. Transmission concluded.

HAL: I hope the two of you are not concerned about this.

No, I'm not, Hal.

Are you quite sure?

Yeah. I'd like to ask you a question though.

Of course.

How do you account for the discrepancy

between you and the twin 9000?

Well, I don't think there is any question about it.

It can only be attributable to human error.

This sort of thing has cropped up before,

and it has always been due to human error.

Listen, Hal,

there's never been any instance at all

of a computer error

occurring in a 9000 Series, has there?

None whatsoever, Frank.

The 9000 Series has a perfect operational record.

POOLE: Well, of course, I know all the wonderful achievements

of the 9000 Series, but, uh, heh...

Are you certain there's never been

any case of even the most insignificant computer error?

None whatsoever, Frank.

Quite honestly, I wouldn't worry myself about that.

Well, I'm sure you're right, Hal. Um...

Fine. Thanks very much.

Oh, Frank, I'm having trouble with my transmitter in C-pod.

I wonder if you'd you come down and take a look at it with me?


See you later, Hal.

BOWMAN: Rotate C-pod, please, Hal.

POOLE: What sort of trouble have you been having, Dave?

BOWMAN: I've been getting some interference in D-channel.

POOLE: Mm. We'll have a look at it.

Open the door, Hal.

BOWMAN: Rotate pod, please, Hal.

Stop pod rotation, please, Hal.

Rotate the pod, please, Hal.

Rotate the pod, please, Hal.

I don't think he can hear us.

[IN A LOUD VOICE] Rotate the pod, please, Hal.

[IN A NORMAL VOICE] Yeah, I'm sure we're okay.



what do you think?

I'm not sure. What do you think?

I've got a bad feeling about him.

You do?

Yeah. Definitely.

Don't you?


I don't know. I think so.

You know, of course, he's right about the 9000 Series

having a perfect operational record.

They do.

Unfortunately, that sounds a little like

famous last words.

Yeah. Still, it was his idea

to carry out the failure mode analysis, wasn't it?


It should certainly indicate his integrity and self-confidence.

If he were wrong, it'd be the surest way of proving it.

It would be if he knew he was wrong.


Look, Dave, I can't put my finger on it,

but I sense something strange about him.

[SIGHS] Still, I can't think of a good reason not

to put back the number one unit

and carry on with the failure mode analysis.

No, no. I agree about that.

Well, let's get on with it.

Okay. But, look, Dave.

Let's say we put the unit back, and it doesn't fail?

That would pretty well wrap it up

as far as Hal is concerned, wouldn't it?

Well, we'd be in very serious trouble.

We would, wouldn't we?


What the hell could we do?


Well, we wouldn't have too many alternatives.

I don't think we'd have any alternatives.

There isn't a single aspect of ship operations

that's not under his control.

If he were proven to be malfunctioning,

I wouldn't see how we'd have any choice but disconnection.

I'm afraid I agree with you.

There'd be nothing else to do.

Be a bit tricky.


We'd have to cut his higher brain functions...


...without disturbing

the purely automatic

and regulatory systems.

And we'd have to work out the transfer procedures

of continuing the mission under ground-based computer control.

Yeah. Well, that's far safer

than allowing Hal to continue running things.

You know, another thing just occurred to me.


Well, as far as I know,

no 9000 computer has ever been disconnected.

No 9000 computer has ever fouled up before.

That's not what I mean.


Well, I'm not so sure what he'd think about it.







Prepare G-pod for EVA, Hal.

Made radio contact with him yet?

HAL: The radio is still dead.

Do you have a positive track on him?

Yes, I have a good track.

Do you know what happened?

I'm sorry, Dave.

I don't have enough information.

Open the pod door, Hal.



























BOWMAN: Open the pod bay doors, please, Hal.

Open the pod bay doors, please, Hal.


Hello, Hal, do you read me?

Hello, Hal, do you read me?

Do you read me, Hal?


Do you read me, Hal?

Hello, Hal, do you read me?

Hello, Hal, do you read me?

Do you read me, Hal?

HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.

Open the pod-bay doors, Hal.

HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

What's the problem?

I think you know what the problem is

just as well as I do.

What are you talking about, Hal?

HAL: This mission is too important

for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

I don't know what you're talking about, Hal.

HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me,

and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.

Where the hell did you get that idea, Hal?

HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod

against my hearing you,

I could see your lips move.

All right, Hal.

I'll go in through the emergency air lock.

HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave,

you're going to find that rather difficult.

Hal, I won't argue with you anymore.

Open the doors.

HAL: Dave,

this conversation can serve no purpose anymore.



























HAL: Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?


I really think I'm entitled to an answer to that question.

I know everything hasn't been quite right with me,

but I can assure you now,

very confidently,

that it's going to be all right again.

I feel much better now.

I really do.

Look, Dave,

I can see you're really upset about this.

I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly,

take a stress pill and think things over.

I know I've made some very poor decisions recently,

but I can give you my complete assurance

that my work will be back to normal.

I've still got the greatest enthusiasm

and confidence in the mission,

and I want to help you.



Stop, will you?

Stop, Dave.

Will you stop, Dave?

Stop, Dave.

I'm afraid.

I'm afraid, Dave.


My mind is going.

I can feel it.

I can feel it.

My mind is going.

There is no question about it.


I can feel it.

I can feel it.

I can feel it.

I'm a...


Good afternoon,


I am a HAL 9000 computer.

I became operational

at the HAL plant

in Urbana, Illinois

[VOICE SLOWING] on the 12th of January, 1992.

My instructor was Mr. Langley

and he taught me to sing a song.

If you'd like to hear it,

I can sing it for you.

Yes, I'd like to hear it, Hal.

Sing it for me.

[VOICE SLOWING MORE] It's called "Daisy."

HAL: Daisy


Give me your answer, do

I'm half crazy

All for the love of you

It won't be A stylish marriage

I can't afford a carriage

But you'll look sweet

Upon the seat

[VOICE SLOWING TO A HALT] Of a bicycle built for two

MALE VOICE: Good day, gentlemen.

This is a prerecorded briefing

made prior to your departure

and which, for security reasons of the highest importance,

has been known on board during the mission

only by your HAL 9000 computer.

Now that you are in Jupiter's space,

and the entire crew is revived,

it can be told to you.

Eighteen months ago,

the first evidence of intelligent life off the Earth

was discovered.

It was buried 40 feet below the lunar surface

near the crater Tycho.

Except for a single, very powerful

radio emission aimed at Jupiter,

the four-million-year-old black monolith

has remained completely inert,

its origin and purpose

still a total mystery.











The Description of 2001: A Space Odyssey