If you guessed "Oh my god! It's full of stars!" then you've either read the book, seen the movie, or my hint was a little too obvious.
If you are still waiting for hint #2, try rebooting your computer. That always helps.
At any rate, here it is, January 12th, 2001, and we haven't made contact with alien life. Does this invalidate the writings of great Science-Fiction authors like Arthur C. Clarke? Of course not! This is why you should surf on over to my SF Library, where you can find reviews of some of his books, as well as reviews of lots of other great (and a few absolutely awful) titles.
(Note: As of April 1, 2005 the library is offline for major maintenance. Belay that order. Don't click that link! The library should be back online sometime this summer.)