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As part of the research for my "Microbes on the Moon: Outbreak at Clavius Base" prototype I've been skimming through the 2001 A Space Odyssey novel.

The brilliant Arthur C. Clarke was a visionary writer, of course.

I'm not sure he knew much about people. In the chapter on Clavius Base he writes that the facility was operated by a garrison of 1100 men and 600 women.

This reminded me of an old Groucho Marx routine:

"Three men and one woman are trapped in a building! Send help at once! If you can't send help, send two more women!"



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I was going to say they had a really big kitchen, but I quickly realized that is not politically correct thing to say. whistle
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Maybe ORIGINALLY there was 550 men and 300 women...
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usrlocal wrote:
Did you know that Clarke wrote 2001 in the Chelsea Hotel? You'd think that would have given him some real-world perspective on decadent moonbase behaviour.
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Another anecdote is that the movie was actually supposed to have been based originally, according to Kubrick, on Clark's short story The Sentinel. The novel was published after the movie.
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“Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men, the other 999 follow women. - Groucho Marx
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pete belli wrote:
As part of the research for my "Microbes on the Moon: Outbreak at Clavius Base" prototype I've been skimming through the 2001 A Space Odyssey novel.

The brilliant Arthur C. Clarke was a visionary writer, of course.

I'm not sure he knew much about people. In the chapter on Clavius Base he writes that the facility was operated by a garrison of 1100 men and 600 women.

This reminded me of an old Groucho Marx routine:

"Three men and one woman are trapped in a building! Send help at once! If you can't send help, send two more women!"






I always thought it odd in the original Planet of the Apes that the Icarus had 3 men and one women on it for a mission that lasted that long with what Taylor also said had a purpose of breeding humans on a new world.

Dr Strangelove had it right - 10 women per man....

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