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2010: Odyssey Two [Paperback]

Arthur C. Clarke
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Feb. 25 1997
"A daring romp through the solar system and a worthy successor to 2001."

*Carl Sagan

Nine years after the disastrous Discovery mission to Jupiter in 2001, a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition sets out to rendezvous with the derelict spacecraft *to search the memory banks of the mutinous computer HAL 9000 for clues to what went wrong . . . and what became of Commander Dave Bowman.

Without warning, a Chinese expedition targets the same objective, turning the recovery mission into a frenzied race for the precious information Discovery may hold about the enigmatic monolith that orbits Jupiter.

Meanwhile, the being that was once Dave Bowman *the only human to unlock the mystery of the monolith *streaks toward Earth on a vital mission of its own . . .

"Clarke deftly blends discovery, philosophy, and a newly acquired sense of play."


"2010 is easily Clarkes' best book in over a decade."

*The San Diego Tribune

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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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worth reading Jan. 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read 2001: A Space Odyssey and, of course, had to read the sequel. This book was written like 15 or so years after its prequel and its not the same.
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)
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ( in some ways better than) 2001 March 29 2003
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2010 is one of the rare cases where the sequel is almost as good as the original - in some ways it is even better.
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Clarke at a loss for ideas on 2001 sequel April 14 2002
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In the mid-1980s, Arthur C. Clarke expanded the plot lines of his 1968 speculative classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey into a trio of sequels, having, unfortunately, no specific direction or new ideas with which to propel the series. 2001's first unnecessary follow-up, 2010: Odyssey Two, brings back many interesting facets from its predecessor: More information is given on HAL, the onboard computer of the mission, Discovery, whose malfunction had deadly consequences in 2001; new developments occur in the international space race; David Bowman reappears in his star child form and some more big, black monoliths show-up. But the novel lacks the definitive direction of 2001. Half a dozen plot strains swim around but none answer any important questions left unanswered in 2001 or greatly spark the reader's interest. I'm sorry to say that Mr. Clarke was more likely inspired to write additional Odyssey novels by the attention and income drummed-up by the 2001 trademark than any further insights into mankind's enlightenment to the wonders of the universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A wonderful continuation of 2001. The scope of time covered by this series is immense. Detailed, while leaving elements open to interpretation.
Published 20 months ago by jiSh
2.0 out of 5 stars just read the first book
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 more
Published on Oct. 3 2012 by Juan Pablo Cruz Quiroga
3.0 out of 5 stars an okay sequel
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 more
Published on June 12 2009 by Reads bookman
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again, a great sci-fi Master triumphs!
With this sequel to "2001", Arthur C. Clarke proves, yet again, why he is at the top of his game. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Jerry
4.0 out of 5 stars What's up with EPCOT?
In this case, I'd say that the film is better than the book. I have a few complaints about the book. Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Sarah Sammis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best SF book I have ever read
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
Published on April 10 2004 by Imtiaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than 2001
This book was much better than 2001! It did take saturn out of the storyline, but that actually made it more interesting. Read more
Published on March 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A better book and movie
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 more
Published on March 13 2004 by Bart Leahy
4.0 out of 5 stars A good followup
Despite the introduction of new material and mind-boggling imaginings there is no way this sequel can top the original. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as 2001!
After reading 2001, the greatest science fiction master piece ever, I was afraid of not having my expectations fulfilled in this sequel. But 2010 eventually did it. Read more
Published on May 10 2003 by Fernando
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