Oh God, this so-called infinite place we call the 'Internet' is a small world!
I remember reading Clarke's novels a few years back (which was in Middle School, because I was a book-aholic then...). I probably should re-read his novels again, because more then likely I missed a lot of plot elements, and it's happened before .
Yes, that's the monolith back there. 2001 is a very good film whose visual effects still hold up superbly even today. But then again, Clarke has always been one of my favorite science fiction writers, so I might be a tad biased