Cosmic Canvas: '2001: A Space Odyssey' Poster


Art by Robert McCall. Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images

As I've mentioned before Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" is easily one of our favorite films here, so I thought I'd share this fantastic bit of promotional art for the 1968 sci-fi classic. It's by noted space artist Robert McCall (1919-2010) and you can explore even more of his work at his official website.

As for this image, it captures the trippy, distorting nature of the Discovery One spaceship's centrifugal artificial gravity. I love how there's a sense of organic heat radiating from the center in this piece. Now let's view a scene that puts this all in context:


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.