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2010: Odyssey Two: A Novel (Space Odyssey Series) Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, January 12, 1984
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“Clarke deftly blends discovery, philosophy, and a newly acquired sense of play.”—Time
“2010 is easily Clarke’s best book in over a decade.”—The San Diego Tribune
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"A daring romp through the solar system and a worthy successor to 2001."
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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.
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)
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!
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.
Two things to be aware of when reading this:
1. This is really more of a sequel to the film 2001 in many ways rather than the book, as the monolith and discovery are around Jupiter and not Saturn.
2. The book was written during the cold war, and there are assumptions that it would still be going on at this point in time, and there are some political tensions as a result.
Overall, it's an interesting exploration of realistic space travel, with some truly imaginative bits as well that land it firmly in the sci-fi camp, but I find it hard to get very invested in the characters, and the plot seems rather dry at points. If you are fascinated by the idea and details of space travel, and the idea of other life and intelligence, check it out. Those who weren't fans of the first book and movie may just want to give this one a pass, however.
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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!
I'm still amazed how Clarke can package so much character development and so many events in so few pages.