|| of ourselves, our problems and our struggles, all of which |
take place on an obscure rocky planet not far from one
of billions of average stars?
For nearly five years, ever since he finished making Dr-
Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick has been fascinated by
the theme of extraterrestrial life and how the challenges
it poses could be translated into a film that was both
exciting to see, scrupulously accurate from the scientific
point of view, and as beautiful as modern cinematic art
could make it. Science fiction and science
| Astronaut Poole, en route to Jupiter, talks via satellite with |
his Earthbound parents while receiving an ultra-
violet sun lamp treatment to keep fit.