"Also sprach Zarathustra" doesn't come across too well in print
June 27, 2014 2:17 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a tagline to use this year on print and web PR for a small literary science fiction and fantasy convention that riffs off of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

"Literary" because our con focuses more closely on books than other media.

I'm in charge of flyers, the website, and ads that we put into other conventions' program books, and this year I'm going for design reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey to use for all of these things. We usually try to fit themes to the work of our guest(s) of honor, but some years, like this one, we need to get the PR going before we can announce them, so I get to pick a theme I can have fun designing around, and 2001 it is.

Bonus points if I can somehow also work it into a theme for the short story contest!
posted by telophase to Media & Arts (12 answers total)
Encounter at Dawn
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:22 PM on June 27, 2014

My god, it's full of stars!
posted by sageleaf at 2:23 PM on June 27, 2014

I agree that "It's full of stars" is the definite perfectly evocative line. Dr. Floyd was always the fascinating side character to me

Heywood Floyd: What? What's going to happen?
Dave Bowman: Something wonderful.

Another line he has later is "You guys have really come up with somethin'."
posted by jessamyn at 2:27 PM on June 27, 2014

Best answer: "Before The Infinite"
posted by goethean at 2:41 PM on June 27, 2014

I offer this reluctantly, but something about grabbing a femur and meeting at the monolith?
posted by straw at 2:53 PM on June 27, 2014

Daisy, Daisy, give me your aaannnnnswerrrrrrr truuuuuuuuuuuuuue

And the classic line for HAL's quiet menace: "I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that" or its dialogue counterpart "Open the pod bay doors, HAL!"

Wikiquote for 2001: Space Odyssey.

How about the first one on the list:
"I am completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly."

Can you think of a better line to encapsulate the hubris of man creating machine intelligence?
posted by Sunburnt at 3:41 PM on June 27, 2014

I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me
posted by ouke at 3:46 PM on June 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

"Do you read me?"

"My mind is going. I can feel it."
posted by Rhaomi at 6:06 PM on June 27, 2014

Response by poster: Thanks, everyone!

I want to emphasize that the tagline doesn't have to be a direct quote; it can be a variation that might pertain to a convention, like "My God, it's full of books!"
posted by telophase at 6:23 PM on June 27, 2014

Only Attributable to Human Error
posted by yeti at 7:58 AM on June 28, 2014

You can also riff on the final chapter called Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite.
posted by yeti at 8:04 AM on June 28, 2014

HAL and Farewell
posted by rollick at 8:15 AM on June 28, 2014

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