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2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

2010: Odyssey Two (edition 1984)

by Arthur C. Clarke (Author)

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Haywood Floyd, director of the original Discovery mission, sets out to discover what happened to HAL 9000 and comes face to face with something claiming to be Dave Bowman.
Title:2010: Odyssey Two
Authors:Arthur C. Clarke (Author)
Info:Del Rey (1984), 352 pages
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2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

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This one is definitely less polished and sharp than the first one. It seems to show its age a bit more, too, particularly with character attitudes. There was also a note of condescension, I think. Not sure if that was just because one of the main characters were just kind of a dick or if it was from the overall slightly misogynist and outdated views of the author (but it was written a long time ago, so I'm just gonna gloss over it.) Speaking of characters, there were a bit too many - I kept getting them confused. Also, I was constantly annoyed that the book follows MOVIE cannon, not the first book. WTF. No seriously. WTF. Who does that? But I'm still gonna read the next one. ( )
  Aug3Zimm | Nov 12, 2019 |
The second installment in the series picks up where 2001 left off. Some of the questions in 2001 are answered or at least fleshed out in more detail. The classic HAL transmission of "All these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landing there." ( )
  krgulick | Jun 19, 2019 |
HAL has lost so much of its creepy computer charisma. Super-human intelligences can be kind of cheesy. Stephenson did sexual behaviors on board a spaceship much more entertainingly in Seveneves. But the tour of the solar system and the moons of Jupiter are fun.

While 2001 was utterly sexist, and men held all the positions of importance, the commander of the Soviet spacecraft is a female in this book. That's a huge change, the 15 years between 1968 and 1982 made a big difference. ( )
  themulhern | Dec 12, 2018 |
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  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
I have mixed feelings about this book. Given that title, it should be a sequel to the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, but it's not. It's more a semi-sequel to the movie of the same name. Where the novel and the book differ, 2010 follows the movie, expect where it changes things to make this novel more consistent. Since it's been a long time since I've seen the movie, I'm not aware of what those differences are.

Clark's writing continues to be quite beautiful. He has the rare combination of being both an excellent scientist, and an evocative writer. He describes the extra-terrestrial places and events both accurately, and evocatively. I would happily hand this book to someone with no science background; I think it would be very clear what's going on, and may well spark an interest in astronomy and space travel.

As long as Mr. Clark focuses on extraordinary people, his characters are great. In this novel, since the action almost entirely take place off-planet, he avoids having to write about ordinary people, which isn't his strong suit.

The storyline is very good in this novel, and even the more fantastical elements are believable. I'm most impressed with the ending - other novels by Mr. Clark end with more of a whimper than a bang, but this one ends well. It's not a neat and tidy wrap up of all loose ends, but it is a very satisfying ending. ( )
  hopeevey | May 19, 2018 |
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MEMO TO: Sr. Jorge Luiz Calife of Rio de Janeiro RE: Advisability of sequel to ''2001: A Space Odyssey.'' According to a note at the end of Arthur C. Clarke's new novel, you are partly responsible for persuading the author that a sequel to ''2001'' would be a good idea, long after Mr. Clarke had concluded that such a sequel would be ''clearly impossible.'' I don't know exactly what you said to him in your letter, Sr. Calife, but I wish you hadn't.
added by stephmo | editNew York Times, Gerald Jonas (Jan 23, 1983)
Clarke deftly blends discovery, philosophy and a newly acquired sense of play that manifests itself in references to films like Alien and Star Wars, and snippets from recent headlines. If, by the end, he leaves readers as bewildered as his astronauts, they can at least claim to have been better entertained.
added by Shortride | editTime, Peter Stoler (Nov 18, 1982)

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Friedman, GaryCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schalekamp, Jean A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dedicated, with respectful admiration, to two great Russians, both depicted herein:

General Alexei Leonov - Cosmonaut, Hero of the Soviet Union, Artist
Academician Andrei Sakharov - Scientist, Nobel Laureate, Humanist.
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When 2001: A space Odyssey first shocked, amazed,and delighted millions in the 1960s, the novel was quickly recognized as a classic. Since then, its fame has grown steadily among the multitudes who have read the novel or seen the film based on it. Yet, along with almost universal acclaim, a host of questions have grown more insistent through the years:

) Who or what transformed Dave Bowman into the Star Child? What purpose lay behind the transformation? What would become of the Star Child?

) What alien purpose lay behind the monoliths on the Moon and out in space?

) What could drive HAL ... a stable, intelligent computer, to kill the crew? Was HAL really insane? What happened to HAL and the spaceship Discovery after Dave Bowman disappeared?

) Would there be a sequel?

Now all those questions and many more have been answered. IN this stunning sequel to his international bestseller Clarke has written what will truly be one of the great books of the '80s. Cosmic in sweep, eloquent in its depiction of Man's place in the Universe,and filled with the romance of space, this novel is a monumental achievement.
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