Bennett Coles's Reviews > 2010: Odyssey Two

2010 by Arthur C. Clarke
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May 11, 12

Read from May 04 to 11, 2012

This book is the reason I always want my science fiction to be smart, and it sits alongside Starship Troopers and Red Storm Rising as one of the most influential books on my style as a author.

After years of saying there would never be a sequel to 2001, Arthur C. Clarke finally produced a triumphant sequel that picks up a decade after his original. Taking his inspiration from the movie version of 2001, Clarke set the book amongst the moons of Jupiter as a joint Soviet-American mission returns to the site of the mysteries left behind by the original journey nine years earlier. Clarke is at his finest with rich planetscapes, subtle politics and, as always, excellent hard science as the heroes of the book uncover some answers but also more questions. The climax of the book is both bold and unexpected, and just enough of the original mystery is solved to leave the reader feeling intensely satisfied.

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