I first picked up 2001: A Space Odyssey
because I recognized the title at the library. I had watched the movie a couple of years before and was interested in the story behind it. It lays out a world in which an alien civilization has influenced humankind into what we are today. In the year 2001, people discover the remnants of these aliens that first visited earth three million years ago. A ship is sent out to Saturn to try to locate the source of these strange beings, thus setting in motion a tale of survival that makes us question the very origin of mankind. I liked the possibilities the book brought up and the fantastical events it described. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a very enjoyable classic read.