Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was a science fiction novel ahead of its time when it was first published. Humankind had not yet set foot on the moon, yet Clarke dreamed of reaching for the stars. This dream, however, was accompanied by some questions. 2001: A Space Odyssey offered its reader the chance to debate, among other things, the definitions of evolution and intelligence and also made them doubt their reliance on their trusted electronics.
The first question that is posed in 2001: A Space Odyssey is that of creationism versus evolution, starting with the moment where the man apes first come into contact with the monolith. According to the narrator, when they approached it and set the process in motion, “[t]hey could never guess that their minds were being probed, their bodies mapped, their reactions studied, their potentials evaluated” (Clarke 3) by an unseen species of extraterrestrials. Technically, when these alien creatures first came across the planet Earth, the apes seemed to have been a naturally evolved species that they felt deserved a push into the right direction. By allowing Moon-Watcher and the others access to their powerful technology, they physiologically changed the apes into a different species – one that later became human. Now, the concept of evolution is undeniable in the novel, as the apes had not come out of nowhere and had formed a primitive society. What the extraterrestrials did was to use their basically godlike technology to put a