2010: Odyssey Two Hardcover – October 12, 1982
Elsewhere by Dean Koontz
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- Item Weight : 1.22 pounds
- Hardcover : 291 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1568653077
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345303059
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 2 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Del Rey; 1st Edition (October 12, 1982)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0345303059
- Best Sellers Rank: #434,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What fascinates me is Clarke's brilliant idea that when people get rid of their fleshy form, the best replacement for bodily constitution is that of energy. That is what the Star Child of David Bowman has become in this sequel. He is almost purely thought and energy. Yet he has become a tool for higher beings that has taken control over him.
It is a delightful read!
The novels in Arthur C. Clarke's "Space Odyssey" series are:
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. 2010 (Space Odyssey)
3. 2061 (Space Odyssey Book 3)
4. 3001 (Space Odyssey Book 4)
Seeking the escape of an old friend, I recently re-read this story and it was still just as enjoyable as when I read it as a teen. It is fascinating now, however, to realise the prescience Clarke displayed about future events and technologies.
An excellent sequel to 2001.
This was an excellent sequel to space odyssey 2001. Mr. Clarke has certainly improved as an author and has made his characters more relatable as well as better realized.
As with any hard sci-fi many ideas are explored such as evolution, how we came to be, man’s relationship to technology, and the inevitable rise of artificial intelligence.
Not a perfect book by any means. There certainly could be improvement in the pacing. And the prose is very dry at times, which is saying much because hard sci-fi usually is very dry.
If you enjoy science and space exploration, and if you’ve ever wondered what an encounter with life outside of your world would be like, this book might be right for you.
One thing 2010 does is give us quite a bit of back story as to what happened in the previous book, so it is possible to follow this book without having read 2001: A Space Odyssey (you may miss out on a great book, though).
Set nine years after Discovery One’s ill-fated mission, 2010 involves Dr. Heywood Floyd joining a group of Russians on board the Soviet craft Leonov. Their objectives are to discover what happened to Discovery One pilot Dave Bowman, investigate the mysterious monolith from the previous book, and identify what went wrong on the first mission.
It was going to be difficult for Clarke to replicate 2001, which, in my humble opinion, is a classic and superb sci-fi novel. It leaves you wondering and thinking about the vastness of the unknown. How often do sequels crush the memory of a great first book or film? Too often. That being said, 2010 was a decent successor to the first book despite its flaws. 2010 fails to capture and match up with the wonder, awe and mystery that was 2001. Where 2001 leaves some ambiguity to one’s imagination, 2010 often readily answers and reveals too much, which lessens the experience a tad. Also, I thought the politics thrown into the mix was a bit unnecessary, and maybe a little forced.
Despite this, Clarke is highly imaginative and shows the depths of space exploration, and he manages to aptly continue this story. The book does get a little technical at points, yes, but then there are some moments of intrigue as Floyd discovers answers to those mysteries of Jupiter, the monolith and Dave Bowman’s mysterious message: “It’s full of stars!”
2010 could have been a finishing touch to this series, but obviously there are two more books that continue this plot going. I’m sort of interested in reading the next book, although it has been given quite a few negative marks. Not sure if I should leave well enough alone.
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Book : 2/5
First of all, I should make clear that the plot of this book is a good sequel. It doesn't take place after the '2001' book, but instead is a sequel to Kubrick's '2001' movie. Readers and viewers will know of the few differences, with the main one being Kubrick opting to travel to Jupiter whereas A.C.C writes about Saturn. So readers may feel confused if reading after the first book, but not viewing the movie (which I recommend viewing, if not to compliment the book then for the effects of the time). There is also a movie adaptation of this book called '2010: The Day We Made Contact', which I will watch after writing this review!
Now, the 2/5 rating for book is regarding the publisher of this version(purchased from marketplace) . I'm not sure if it is "Voyager Books" or "Harper Collins" - it isn't clear - but as you can see from the pictures, the font is awful and fairly inconsistent. I have put a copy of '2001' next to it for comparison. The two stars is purely because I managed to finish the book, albeit with strained eyes. There is one particular page when sending a report to Earth which is just awful!