2010: Odyssey Two Mass Market Paperback – Jan 12 1984
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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics '2001, A Space Odyssey', 'Childhood's End', 'The City and the Stars' and 'Rendezvous With Rama'. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He passed away in March 2008. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This 1982 book (that consists of 55 chapters plus an epilog), by Sir Arthur C. Clarke (who "said for years that [a sequel] was clearly impossible"), is really a hybrid book since it attempts not only to be a sequel to his previous novel ("2001: A Space Odyssey," published in 1968) but also attempts to be a sequel to the 1968 movie (also called "2001: A Space Odyssey").
In this novel, a joint Russian-American space mission is sent to the planet Jupiter (on the spaceship called "Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov") to try and discover what happened to the previous American spaceship (called "Discovery") that was sent previously in 2001. As well, Leonov's crew is "to locate the alien artifact [also called the monolith] encountered by Discovery, and to investigate it to the maximum extent possible."
Because this book attempts to be a sequel to the previous novel and the 1968 movie, it appeals to four different types of readers:
(i) those who have not read the previous novel and have not seen the 1968 movie
(ii) those who have read the previous novel only
(iii) those who have seen the 1968 movie only and
(iv) those who have read the previous novel and have seen the 1968 movie (as I have).
Each of these four types of readers will probably rate this book as follows:
(1) Those who have not read the previous movie or have not seen the 1968 movie will enjoy this novel. Reading the previous novel or seeing the 1968 movie is not needed to understand this novel. There is good character interaction and there is both known and speculative space science throughout.Read more ›
This book is not as mind boggling as 2001: A Space Odyssey. There is very cool technology, many things are explained, and you finally see whats really going on. The science in the book is very intriguing and you dont need to be proficient in nuclear physics to understand it. The main character as well as secondary characters are very interesting and easy to emphasize with.
I say that this book isnt as "mind boggling" as the first one and its important that I explain why. I dont think it should be a reason for you not to read this.
The first book (2001) was written by Arthur C. Clarke AFTER the 2001 the movie was made. He coroborated with Stanley Kubrick before writing a novel, which means that a lot of imagery and suspense in 2001: A Space Odyssey book were taken from the movie.
This book is very consistent with the style of other Arthur C. Clarke writing. Succint, right to the point, appropriate for all ages, no foul language, simply brilliant.
Action - 3/5
English - 5/5
Plot - 5/5
Erotic Aspect - 1/5
Foul Language - 0/5
Technology/Aliens - 4/5
Hard Science - 5/5
Overall Satisfaction - 4/5 (Becasuse there is a sequel)
There are some quibbles of course. In building on 2001, Clarke chose to follow the movie rather than the book (hence Jupiter instead of Saturn, the recap of Bowman's conflict with Hal gives the movie dialog and so on). Also, 2001 was almost austere in its simplicity. Dialog and character development were skeletal. The reader was positioned as an external observer - in that sense, 2001 was a challenge to the reader. 2010 is dumbed down in a sense. Character development (never a Clarke strength) is marginally better than 2001 but the dialog is plentiful, making it a far easier read. Not a criticism, one just misses the simplicity and elegance of 2001.
Having said that, 2010 can easily claim to be one of the landmarks of science fiction. Imagination has always been Clarke's forte and the way he comes up with the various ideas of primitive life on Europa, the proto-sun of Lucifer and so on are nothing short of brilliant. The story line builds on 2001 and takes us further down the road, telling us more about David Bowman, the monolith and the intelligence behind it. All with a very human touch to it - witness the fate of the Tsien.
And as always, Clarke uses his trademark sly humor and simple analogies to make technical concepts easy to understand. Language has always been Clarke's second strength and he paints superb pictures with words, describing the spacescape, the flight of the two ships, the exploration of Jupiter, Io and Europa (in fact fans of Clarke will recognize the Jupiter descriptions from his earlier short story classic "A Meeting with Medusa"). A very good book.
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A wonderful continuation of 2001. The scope of time covered by this series is immense. Detailed, while leaving elements open to interpretation.Published on Jan. 31 2013 by jiSh
The sequel adds almost nothing to the questions that the first books leaves in the open. Some minimal insight into the Bowman entity, but really just a glimpse of what such an... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2012 by Juan Pablo Cruz Quiroga
If you were left baffled by 2001 this is worth a read. You might not get all your answers, but it will help shed some light on some of the mysteries surrounding the monoliths. Read morePublished on June 12 2009 by Reads bookman
With this sequel to "2001", Arthur C. Clarke proves, yet again, why he is at the top of his game. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Jerry
In this case, I'd say that the film is better than the book. I have a few complaints about the book. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by Sarah Sammis
Although, it is part of a sequel, anyone could read it in the beginning.
It's a great story and very well-written. Read more
This book was much better than 2001! It did take saturn out of the storyline, but that actually made it more interesting. Read morePublished on March 18 2004
Clarke and Kubrick tried to make "the proverbial good science fiction movie" in 1968. It's hard to argue with success--the movie made a bundle, as did the book. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by Bart Leahy