Thanks. AWWWWWWWW. I just love these two. And I can't help but love and ship this pairing (excusez mon franšais) I think the reason that it somewhat works, is that both HAL and Dave have a feeling of loneliness, and for reasons that cannot be comprihended, they feel an emotional connection. I know it sounds strange, but when one thinks about it, you cannot help but notice it.
Oh, no it's not strange at all. In the second book it barely highlights on it, stating that Bowman was going to face an eternity of being a supreme being, and he no longer felt all of the emotions that a human could (though it's hinted that he could feel a little) and he wanted someone/thing in approximately his same predicament, so it worked out perfectly! More importantly it was adorable. Yeah.
And I just don't use the word ship because it always hints at romance. Shruug.