Then, it dropped into darkness.
The great machine knew that this
tiny scout was reporting back to
its parent; but it was too simple,
too primative a device to detect
the forces that were gathering
round it now.
Then the pod came, carrying
life. The great machine searched
The logic circuits made their
decision when the pod had fallen
beyond the last faint glow of the
reflected Saturnian light.
In a moment of time, too short to
be measured, space turned and
twisted upon itself.
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La sceneggiatura è quella scritta da Stanley Kubrick e Arthur C. Clarke, firmata il 9 dicembre 1965, non corrisponde ai dialoghi del film. Questa stesura prevedeva ancora la voce del narratore.