Space Odyssey Reading Order

The short story that spawned a film that spawned a novelization that spawned a series, the Space Odyssey series has long been considered one of Arthur C. Clarke’s masterpieces. This is the Space Odyssey reading order.

What’s on the Space Odyssey Reading Order?

The Space Odyssey reading order takes the series written by Arthur C. Clarke and places each of the books in chronological order. This includes the film that was produced at the same time as the book. This timeline does not include the comics that were produced shortly after the release of the film.

This timeline also includes the Time Odyssey series which were described by Clarke as being “neither a sequel nor a prequel.” Instead the series is more of a spiritual successor to the original series, taking place in a parallel universe of sorts. Because of their thematic relationship, the two series are both included on this list.

Where to Start?

I would actually recommend you read the 2001: A Space Odyssey novelization, even though it came after the film. It will help you make sense of the film when you see it. Then you can proceed in order from there.

If you liked this timeline, we recommend checking out some of our others, such as the Known Space timeline.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Space Odyssey

Short Story

Arthur C. Clarke

1951-04-01

Early concepts for 2001

2

Space Odyssey

Short Story

Arthur C. Clarke

1953-07-01

Early concepts for 2001

3

Space Odyssey

Novel

Arthur C. Clarke

1968-01-01

4

Space Odyssey

Film

Arthur C. Clarke
Stanley Kubrick

1968-04-02

5

Space Odyssey

Novel

Arthur C. Clarke

1982-12-01

6

Space Odyssey

Film

Peter Hyams

1984-12-07

7

Space Odyssey

Novel

Arthur C. Clarke

1987-12-01

8

Space Odyssey

Novel

Arthur C. Clarke

1997-01-01

9

Time Odyssey

Novel

Arthur C. Clarke
Stephen Baxter

2003-03-03

Neither prequel nor sequel to Space Odyssey

10

Time Odyssey

Novel

Arthur C. Clarke
Stephen Baxter

2005-03-29

11

Time Odyssey

Novel

Arthur C. Clarke
Stephen Baxter

2007-12-26

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