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Guest: Adam Johnson; Topics: Mr. Johnson's book, "2001: The Lost Science: The Scientists, Influences & Designs From The Frederick I. Ordway III Estate" & the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.
We welcomed back Adam Johnson to discuss his new book and second in the series, "2001: The Lost Science, The Scientists, Influences & Designs From The Frederick I. Ordway III Estate." During the first segment of the nearly 90 minute program, Mr. Johnson introduced us to his book, talked about the movie and provided us with new information not discussed before regrading the making of the movie, the work by Stanley Kubrick, Fred Ordway, Harry Lange and more. He talked about the screenplay with both Kubrick and Sir Arthur Clarke, the team of scientists and science advisors contributing to the movie or at least having their work, even years before the movie, contributing to the scientific base for making the movie. Adam explained the intricate relationships of those involved with the movie, how they worked together, what they did and did not do, what they liked and dislike about the movie and more.
We talked about a variety of topics, listeners asked many questions including one about nuclear pulse propulsion Project Orion and why it was not used in the movie. The scientists, discovering some unknowns, Marshall Space Flight Center and the German rocket industry were all part of our discussion in the first segment.
In the second segment, we focused on visual influences on the movie. Cinematography. Adam then explained that his book was organized in three parts starting with the scientists and their work that influenced or were used in the making of the movie. The second part of the book focused on the influences on the movie including other films, both in the science fiction genre and from other genres of filmmaking. The third part of the book focused on the designs and models used in the book. Unfortunately, as you will hear, not many of the models and designed have survived over time.
We continued to take listener questions during this segment B John in Sweden wanted to know if the book written with a movie in mind or was Stanley Kubrick genius enough to make a great movie out of it anyway? Also, what specifically did Clark and Ordway dislike with the movie? Other questions inquired about the target audience, initial financial success of the movie, the 1970 re-release, movie reviews for both the 1968 opening and then the 1970 additional release. Also, what were the difference in how the movie was marketed and promoted in 1968 as compared to 1970.
Please post your comments/questions in the comments section for this archived program on The Space Show website. You can reach Adam Johnson through me.