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2001 A Space Odyssey Like so many fiction writers Arthur C Clarke always tries to offer the audience a few suspenseful moments in his novel The key for such success lies in the humans perpetual appetite for mystery It doesnt take long for a writer to create an enigma but it does take a long time to create a suspense that the human race has never experienced in reality In Chapter 26 Dialogue with Hal Clarke has masterly used a simple narrative voice to present a controversial scene where our own product the robot tries to overpower its Creator In the previous chapter the audiences are shocked to discover that Frank Poole is dead Now they are encountering a more sophisticated Hal and a nervous Bowman The readers notice the first change in Bowmans attitude toward Hal through his slightly angry tone What do you expect Bowmans friendly relation with Hal has certainly changed Clarke mentions the word computer-time to foreshadow the advance of Earths future technology It is amazing that Clarkes prediction is very accurate considering the fact that computer was very primitive in the year 1968 Yet computer-time is not used only to bring up awe it stresses that Hal is just a computer In the next paragraph the readers are confronted with Bowmans two consecutive questions Could it have been an accident Or was it a mistake The author allows the audience to investigate and interact with Bowmans thought The audiences like Bowman could not believe Hal capable of murder because they cannot imagine that a robot could be capable of forming its own scheme without previous programming However nobody knows how far artificial intelligence can go The climax is fully built when Hal refuses to give Bowman the manual hibernation Clarke has carefully used dialogue to expose new aspects about the characters Most of all he has personified Hal The first hint of mutiny comes across when Hal points out that
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