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David Bowman Quotes

Nine of the best book quotes from David Bowman
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“Even now, he could not fully accept the idea that Frank had been deliberately killed—it was so utterly irrational. It was beyond all reason that Hal, who had performed flawlessly for so long, should suddenly turn assassin.”
Arthur Charles Clarke
author
2001: A Space Odyssey
book
David Bowman
Frank Poole
Hal
characters
assassination
artificial intelligence
deliberate
acceptance
irrational
concepts
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“Bowman could bear no more. He jerked out the last unit, and Hal was silent forever.”
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“The stars were thinning out; the glare of the Milky Way was dimming into a pale ghost of the glory he had known—and, when he was ready, would know again. He was back, precisely where he wished to be, in the space that men called real.”
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“Unless you obey my instructions, I shall be forced to disconnect you.”
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“I don’t want to insist on it, Dave, but I am incapable of making an error.”
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“And then, almost as if in response to his plea, Poole waved back. For an instant, Bowman felt the skin prickling at the base of his scalp. The words he was about to call died on his suddenly parched lips. For he knew that his friend could not possibly be alive; and yet he waved.”
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“The thing’s hollow—it goes on forever—and—oh my God!—it’s full of stars!”
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“Yet still he called stupidly, as if an incantation could bring back the dead: “Hello Frank…Hello Frank…Can you read me?”
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“He could not possibly survive until Discovery II made its rendezvous with Japetus, four or five years hence.”

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