What is the Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Dear Sara –

What exactly is the big black monolith the shows up at the beginning of the film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY? What does it represent?
– Best wishes,
John L.

Dear John –

People have been asking that question ever since the film’s release. You’re welcome to make up your own answer – hell if I know!

-Sara Bellum

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Sara Bellum
The name's Sara Bellum, and I'm the editor-at-large here at BuzzyMag - the hostess with the mostess, if you will. I like to think that my first calling is fighting crime and delivering a heaping dose of sweet, sweet justice to all manner of thugs, miscreants, hoodlums, ruffians, and ne'er-do-wells, but unfortunately, violent vigilantism doesn't exactly pay big bucks these days.  

Times are tough, my friends, and I've got bills to pay, so I decided to put my encyclopedic knowledge of all things sci-fi & fantasy-related to use to help me land a day job. To tell you the truth, it's kind of a nice change of pace. My manicures have been lasting a bit longer lately.