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2010: Odyssey Two (Space Odyssey #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  33,031 ratings  ·  618 reviews
When 2001: A Space Odyssey first shocked, amazed, and delighted millions in the late 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 has grown more insistent through the years:

Who or what tran
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 12th 1984 by Del Rey/Ballantine Books (first published 1982)
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Kye Weber "Sentinel" is not so much a sequel to 2010: A Space Odyssey" as prior work by the author. Witch was used as foundation material for the first book in…more"Sentinel" is not so much a sequel to 2010: A Space Odyssey" as prior work by the author. Witch was used as foundation material for the first book in the series "2001: A Space odyssey."
The Arthur C. Clarke, the author, has this to say about the relationship between "Sentinel"and the odyssey books:

I had already given Stanley a list of my shorter pieces, and we had decided that one—“The Sentinel”—contained a basic idea on which we could build. “The Sentinel” was written in an explosion of energy at Christmas 1948, as my entry for a BBC short story contest"

The full text of his remarks on this subject, as well as the origins of the Odyssey books, can be found in "The Forward to the Millennial Edition" of "2001: A Space Odyssey"(less)
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As soon as I finished reading this I thought, man, I wish I didn't suck so badly at science, because being an astronomer would be SO FREAKING COOL.

But I do suck so badly at science, so I just get to read wonders like this and wish I was half as good a writer as Arthur C. Clarke, who gets to be really friggin' smart in TWO CAREERS, which is totally unfair.

There are several great things about this book. First, and one of the things that I love to read old sci-fi books for, is what Clarke in the 80
Henry Avila
The enigma of the Spaceship Discovery, lost in Jupiter's orbit ( the setting has been changed from Saturn in the original book, to match Kubrick's film).Arthur C. Clarke's sequel to 2001, has Dr. Heywood Floyd, again recruited on a joint U.S. and Soviet(written in 1982)expedition, to the giant planet.To find out what happened!The crew of the Soviet ship Leonov ,consists of seven Russians and three Americans,with both male and female members.Dr.Floyd,Dr. Chandra, builder of the malfunctioning com ...more
I'll suggest the reader of this review to go through plot-summary of this novel and a little familiariation with its prequel, 2001: A Space Odyssey. I'll only be expatiating here on some aspects I found fascinating.

Although, the novel contains many captivating sub-plots and a driving, gripping backdrop; I want to credit Arthur C Clarke for the most wonderful depictions of the Jovian system. Within the first half, he describes the bands of Jovian clouds, the cyclonic storms, the radiation belt an
This series started as a one-off book released in conjunction with the Stanley Kubrick movie of the same name. The series consists of:

* 2001: A Space Odyssey
* 2010: Odyssey Two. (Also made into a film)
* 2061 Odyssey Three
* 3001: The Final Odyssey

The first and second books are enthralling. 2061 is more of the same, and thus decent but somewhat pointless as part of the arc. 3001 is an attempt at closing up all the loose threads, and does so in a satisfying way.

For a long time, these books frus
This sequel to 2001 was fine, but it wasn't nearly as good as 2001. Heywood Floyd and a couple of other Americans join the Russians on a trip to rescue the stranded spaceship Discovery and learn what happened to astronaut David Bowman, who disappeared at the end of 2001. They also want to probe the mystery of the black monolith, which is hanging in space around...Jupiter?

Yes, they end up at Jupiter, even though in the book 2001, the black monolith was sitting on one of Saturn's moons. And when D
Aug 17, 2008 Hope rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: just about anyone
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 bo
Un secuela muy a la altura pero antes vamos con los peros.

Es una secuela pero no del libro si no de la película. Entre el libro y la peli hay diferencias fundamentales como la localización. Mientras que en el libro era Saturno en la peli era Júpiter. Clarke parece que, tras ver el existo de la peli, lleva los cambios a la secuela de manera que altera totalmente el curso de los acontecimientos y supongo que la idea original que Clarke tenía al escribir la saga. El libro no desmerece por este camb
Richard Knight
Boooooring. Having read the first book many years ago, one thing I remember with that story was just how dazzling and daring it felt. Much like the movie, certain images will forever be ingrained in my head. That Odyssey I loved journeying on. But this one, not so much. I mostly think it's all the characters, none of whom are interesting. Their voyage doesn't really seem all that harrowing in this story, and even if it was, I was so uninterested with the characters that I probably would have app ...more
Tuan Ho
Wow! I really can't think of anyone who can match Arthur C. Clarke in his ability to instill a sense of timeless wonder and awe that just makes your mind orgasm with joy!

Clarke's writing is just beautiful to read. He makes you understand all the technical stuff, but does it in the most poetic way imagineable.

The last few chapters and the epilogue reminded me of why I love Arthur C. Clarke. Just brilliant!
2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke is another beautiful journey through the solar system filled with transformation and unexpected beginnings. 2010 is the 2nd in the Space Odyssey Saga and the sequel to 2001. I mention this because it's important that you've read 2001 in order to understand 2010.

Dr. Heywood Floyd, chairman of the National Council of Aeronautics, makes a reappearance and is the protagonist or main character for 2010. He has been chosen to be a part of a recovery mission of sor
I grew up watching the Peter Hymans movie adaptation of this novel. I later found a copy of the book in my high school library and read it while I was a teenager. It enjoyed it, knew I would read it again, but it has taken me about fifteen years. Amanda found a used copy at the library a few years ago, and I decided that after 2001 A Space Odyssey and Rendezvous with Rama, a little more Arthur C. Clarke wouldn’t hurt.

Ten years after the mysterious and disastrous events of the first book
Sudhamshu Hebbar
The second book by Arthur Clarke that I read. It's also the second book in the Odyssey series. Honestly, I didn't ask obvious questions. The who, why, where of the 'aliens' mentioned in the first part, the fate of the spaceship Discovery, fate of David Bowman needed to be asked. They are answered in this book.
While Clarke continues to fascinate with the intricate details that space travel brings forth, he leaves you in awe with his descriptions of Jupiter & its moons. I was taken aback a bit
A very slow book this Odyssey is, and it does not quite live up to it's predecessor, though I have to admit, that it starts good and ends in a very climactic and dramatic fashion, maybe even beating the first Odyssey's ending. The real problem is mid-book, which sometimes is plain boring. A decent book, some familiar characters making a comeback also is a nice bonus, but the writing at moment feels a bit chaotic and stretched out too much and without necessity. Overall, read it if you liked 2001 ...more
...Is it possible to like a sequel more than the first book? Cause I totally do.

I can't really describe why though. Perhaps its the fact that more interesting things happen in this book. Or that we actually stick with a set of characters the entire time instead of jumping around different connected events. And I quite liked the characters, too. They felt less flat than the last one.

But MAN, Hal and Dave steal this show. Like, really steal it. Both of them don't appear for long but they manage to
Never has the generic Goodreads rating "it was ok" been more applicable for me. A bunch of underdeveloped characters go to space to answer questions that, once "answered," have left me with the realization that I shouldn't have bothered to ask them after all. Gone is the mystery and intrigue of the original 2001, and aside from a handful of moments, there was never an atmosphere of danger...Clarke is far too safe with his characters for my tastes, and it almost seems as if he couldn't decide bet ...more
Another sf perfection ...
I was a little skeptical about this once I'd read 2001. Part of the reason 2001 works so well is that nothing is really resolved and the mystery about the monoliths remains a mystery. With the main cast from 2001 all having been removed from the picture too I thought there was limited space to move the story on and I wasn't entirely wrong.

2010 follows a new group of astronauts as they travel to Jupiter to investigate the monolith there and see if the Discovery contains any clues about Dave Bowm
After reading 2001 it was so natural to start 2010. The most I liked was Arthur's predictions about technology.
Somewhere in the middle of reading 2010 it occurred to me that this would be the last book I would read from this series.
Somehow things changed and I liked the way everything turned out at the end. I think I am going to read the next book, too.
Aju Krishnan
I don't remember holding on to a book all through the day from morning. This story was so engaging that I did just that with this book. There is a bit to take pride of for me: The HAL 9000, the advanced computer in charge of the mission was designed by Dr Chandra, an Indian. Technologies for long space travels such as hibernation, plasma drive, etc are vividly described. And it tries to answer every man's curiosity about extraterrestrial life, appearance of the super intelligent beings etc. The ...more
Изключителното пътуване из Космоса продължава! Въпреки малко разочароващото начало, написано, за да отговаря на филма на Кубрик по първата книга (не ви го препоръчвам), негативните емоции бързо избледняват. Да преразкажеш приключенията, на които повежда "Втора одисея: 2010" е все едно "да се надяваш да видиш вятъра или да размишляваш върху истинската форма на огъня". Със сигурност обаче, ако хванете тази книга в ръка, ще изпитате смесица от еуфория, безтегловност, свобода, ще преминете границите ...more
I read Stephen Baxter’s Proxima last week. And while it wasn’t the best book ever written, it is the perfect type of book for me. And by that I mean that, for whatever reason, those type of novels do something to me, deep inside, that really resonates. It’s why I’ll always love that type of Science Fiction way more than I ever will Fantasy. I’ve never found a Fantasy book, no matter how good, that can make me shut the book once it’s over, and go sit outside and stare at the stars.

I’m inclined to
Perry Whitford
For a decade after writing 2001:A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke considered a follow-up novel to be - in his own words - 'clearly impossible'.

Then, fortunately, he changed his mind.

Relegated to a teaching position nine years after the disaster of the Discovery mission to Jupiter, Heywood Floyd is presented with an unlikely opportunity to atone for the guilt he feels for the deaths of the crew and the unexplained mystery of Dave Bowman's disappearance.

An historic joint Russo-American mission i
Luis Fernando Franco
Pues me costó más trabajo que el primer libro, por lo menos hasta la mitad.

La primera mitad me pareció una novelita muy light, honestamente, sin ningún valor más allá de que era la continuación de Odisea 2001.

El hecho de que en la versión que leí no estuviera la explicación de por qué en Odisea 2001 el monolito estaba sobre Japeto, una de las lunas de Saturno y en 2010 lo encontraran flotando alrededor de Júpiter fue un gran distractor. No dejaba de pensar que a lo mejor algo había "resucitado"
Scott D.
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Jan 20, 2010 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SciFi completists; HardSF fans.
Recommended to Richard by: HardSF Group
Back in 1982 when 2010: Odyssey Two was published I was in college, and my roommate was an obsessive reader of science fiction and fantasy. I probably read less than one-third of his throughput, but undoubtedly there are two hundred or so books that I don't recall, or that I remember only dimly when I am reminded of the titles or plot outlines.

Shortly after starting, I realized that this was one of them. Even though I had long since lost any grasp of the details, I knew could recall major events
Not nearly as many people know the sequels to 2001: A Space Odyssey, or even that there *are* sequels. As a standalone, 2001 works very well, thank you very much. 2010: Odyssey Two is not like 2001. The films especially cannot get much more divergent in style, but the novels, while closer together, have significant differences in approach.

2010 has a very workaday, practical style that I really admire. Heywood Floyd (who appears in 2001) takes the central role as the protagonist, yet both HAL and
Raymond Hernandez
Feb 16, 2009 Raymond Hernandez rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who are into science fiction
Shelves: book-club
After reading '2010: Odyssey Two', I found that this book was a very well written story. The story talks about the journey right after the events of '2001: A Space Odyssey' on what happens to the spaceship Discovery and David Bowman. Doctor Floyd, the man who help Bowman and other scientist to find the discovery of a black monolith engraved on Earth's moon, was granted to help out the Soviet Union (the Soviet Union was still around during the publication of this book) to bring back Discovery to ...more
Dicen por ahí que las segundas partes no son buenas, en este caso ese dicho no es valido. Este segundo libro es la perfecta continuación del libro anterior, en mi opinión, resuelve muchas dudas que en 2001 Odisea espacial no se aclararon. Lo único que se puede decir entre comillas que no me gustó fue el cambio de ubicación del monolito y hasta eso el cambio no fue tan malo, me dio otra perspectiva del la nueva ubicación. Este libro me hizo alucinar de verdad jaja

Tim Ludwikowski
This was a really cool read as sequels go and even though Roy Scheider,
Helen Mirren, & John Lithgow are in the movie version, the book is better.
Clarke just breathes more emotional reactions & interactions from the characters
in the book than the movie. Looking forward to the third one now!
Kevin Anderson
I don't remember this clearly enough to say why, but I believe I thought 2010 was a more enjoyable book than 2001.
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Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.

Clarke was a graduate of King's Co
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“What was more, they had taken the first step toward genuine friendship. They had exchanged vulnerabilities.” 145 likes
“After their encounter on the approach to Jupiter, there would aways be a secret bond between them---not of love, but of tenderness, which is often more enduring.” 96 likes
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