2001: A Space Odyssey stamps
The Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to mark the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968), ranked as one of the best films of all time, with a special collection of stamps, each one like the film itself, layered with hidden secrets embedded in microscopic form.
This British-made film was released to UK Audiences in 1968, one year before the moon landing. Audiences were stunned by the effects used and the sheer vision of writer Arthur C. Clarke and filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
Clarke inspired the film with his book ‘The Sentinel’ and is also partly responsible for starting the Isle of Man’s space industry. He inspired Chris Stott to set up his satellite company ManSat and was also Chancellor of the International Space University when the chapter on the Island was formed with Chris at the helm. The Isle of Man has a thriving space industry, that includes communication with geostationary satellites, an area of research in which Arthur C .Clarke was a leader.