Even as Kubrick and his team—including cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth and art director John Hoesli—were creating a fictive future set in space, NASA was racing to put a man on the moon. The set and props in 2001: A Space Odyssey had to dramatically outpace the emerging technology, lest NASA succeed while they were filming and make Kubrick’s vision appear outdated, or, worse, flat-out wrong.
It’s a quick look at a very-limited edition book, but it’s still quite an interesting read. I haven’t watched the movie for a long time, but I can distinctly remember my first contact with the franchise, when a cabin we were staying in on a family vacation (to Hawaii) had the book on a shelf. I picked it up and read the entire thing in a couple days – as an elementary-school kid, who was in Hawaii. Clearly I enjoyed it.