By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 2, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we celebrate something odd.

Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey premiered on April 2, 1968. This science fiction movie by Stanley Kubrick is one that you either love or hate.

It features alien monoliths on earth, the moon, and on Jupiter, with the plot centering on finding the monolith on Jupiter. It is seen either as an apocalyptic preview of humanity’s future or the other extreme as hopes for humanity’s future.

Within the story is HAL 9000 computer who kills a few crew members before it is disabled on the spaceship heading for Jupiter. Yes, it is Artificial Intelligence gone bad – due to taking its own directives or due to poor programming or both. AI from 56 years ago…

Planetary movements in the solar system are presented here from 1742 by Doppelmayr.

Doppelmayr’s 1742 planetery chart. (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.