Explanation of Arthur C Clarkes Space Oddyseys?

I just finished reading all of Arthur C Clarkes Space oddysey series, but i still don't get it. Was the monolith controlled by higher inteliigence, why did the monolith disappear after the viruses were attached, and what was the year in which the viruses were attached, because it said he had kids, and then after got a divorce from Indra Wallace.

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jeff-o7 years ago
As far as I recall, the monolith was created by a higher intelligence.  It is a multi-purpose device.  It is responsible for causing humans to discover the use of tools, and later on it acts as an interstellar transport device.  It does more than that, though.

It's been a while since I've read those books...
Vyger6 years ago
Now that you read the book you should see the movies, that will really confuse you.
LoneWolf7 years ago

jeff-o is right. It explains in the books how the aliens that created the monolith was a higher intelligence that evenually discovered a way to stor thoughts in the fabric of spacetime thus not needing material body's.

The monolith was used to give early humans an evolutianary "kick in the pants"  so to speak. 

If you recall the monolith was as dense as air when they weighed it, thus, it was more of an optical illusion gaurded by a force feild than a material block, thus once the virus deactivated it it vanished.

And yes, it was full of stars :)

kelseymh7 years ago
Oh my God, it's full of stars!

I think that's about it.
rickharris7 years ago
Re-design7 years ago
It's a book.  Arthur is a writer.  Arthur had a dream one night.  Arthur needed money so he wrote a book about that dream.  It's like modern art, you have to explain it for yourself.