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4 Dec 2000

To the spaceship Discovery, floating in the silent depths of space since Dave Bowman passed through the alien 'Star Gate', comes Heywood Floyd on a mission of recovery. What he finds near Jupiter is beyond the imaginings of any mere human.


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  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins; UK First Paperback Edition edition (4 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586056998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586056998
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’, ‘Childhood’s End’, ‘The City and the Stars’ and ‘Rendezvous With Rama’. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He passed away in March 2008.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Nine years on and new mysteries abound. 1 Sep 2002
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
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Clarke returns once again to the mysteries of the Monoliths as an American/Russian mission races a Chinese one to investigate the disappearance of Dave Bowman in 2001.
Again he manages to catch the genuine sense of scientific exploration as the two missions enter Jupiter's moon system. The race with the Chinese vessel also gives the novel a nice sense of pace.
The scientist's account, as he awaits his own death, of the Chinese's disasterous encounter on Europa is at once gripping, horrifying and touching.
Dave Bowman, the Star Child, also returns on the side of mankind in the face of the strange alien intelligence behind the Monoliths. And this adds another level of wonder to the story as he explores the solar system as all but a god.
If the coming of Lucifer in this story doesn't set your pulse racing and your mind whirring, then I don't know what will.
In general, perhaps not as good as 2001, but a science fiction masterpiece nonetheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Physical Book quality lacking 28 Sep 2013
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I thought I would comment not on the story, but on the actual book itself : The cover, and the pages themselves, all look like photocopies of a 'real' book : the text is 'thick', and there are specks on some pages, just like if you photocopy a page over and over. The cover feels cheap, and the whole book curls and flops. Very strange. Owning the similar looking previous volume (2001) I expected the same quality. I notice that the publisher is actually different for the second volume (Harper Collins Voyager). Not worth crying about, but a little disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A title that i grew up revering for many reasons 20 Oct 2011
By Joseph
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As someone spellbound by the Kubrick original film, i later read all the 'Odyssey' novels as i wanted to clear up the amiguity of the film! I love this book and is my favourite of the four. Still after all these years, the foresight of AC Clarke astounds me. Way ahead of his time in every respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey 16 April 2003
By Danny
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When I read this 2nd book of 4 in the Odyssey series I was simply gripped to it! Having read 2001 before hand I suppose I wanted to find out the answers to the mysteries Clarke had left unanswered and what had happened to the famous and elegant Discovery. A Soviet-American space mission aboard the 'Leonov' sets off to Jupiter to retrieve and revive Discovery, spinning hauntingly in the silent depths over the volcanic Jovian moon of Io. They reactivate the Discovery and revive Hal who can't remember anything about his disturbing behaviour in the previous mission because his memory has been erased. We get to see Dave and we eventually get to see the king of all planets meet its downfall. This book is SUPERB! An enjoyable and thrilling read! I would say it also much more action-packed and gripping than 2001, but then again its prequel is still very much the greatest in the series! You must buy this book and read away! (the film is also worth seeing)
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By Claire
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Love it!
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By Mari
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This book was given away as a gift....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good choice 21 Jan 2014
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The book is ok although it does match the edition from Orbit that I had been expecting.
A must-read, however.
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Arthur C Clarke (died 2008) was a visionary. He predicted the satellites which have already changed our world and has written about the space elevators that I believe will one day do them same.

The 1968 novel, '2001: A Space Odyssey' was Clarke's take on 'first contact'. His collaboration with Director Stanley Kubrick immortalised this story in a film of the same name which is now regarded as a classic masterpiece. The film did much to popularise Clarke's books but he was already a huge favourite within science fiction circles.

2001 ended definitely yet ambiguously. It was crying out for a sequel and finally, over a decade later, in 1982 we got one. However, it was a different novel from the first with a different message.

2010 tries to tie up the loose ends from 2001. What happened to Dave Bowman? Why did Hal malfunction and kill Frank Poole? What is the monolith - who created it and why?

However, this 'sequel' was written during the Cold War, at the height of the nuclear arms race and Clarke mirrors this tension in the novel with a joint US-Soviet mission to Jupiter to find out what happened while a nuclear crisis brews back on Earth.

This adds an extra dimension to the plot while making it more relevant to the 1980s.

Written as it was in the 1960s (following JFK's famous 1962 speech about putting a man on the moon), 2001 could afford to be ambitiously idealistic and boldly futurist. However, by the 1980s the Apollo programme was over while the space shuttle was yet to fly it's first mission. Interest in space exploration was stalling while nuclear war between the USA and USSR seemed a far more immediate concern.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not mind boggling as the first
Put simply - Struggled to be the same level as the first - felt like a lot of repetitions. But good read though. Recommendable
Published on 14 Nov 2010 by H. Ramtale
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarke reread
I bought the book in 1983, read it so many times that 'the seams fell apart',and I had to throw away the loose pages. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by Erkki Herranen
4.0 out of 5 stars 2010: Meatier than the first.
2010 carrys the torch forward in the oddessey series and unlike many sequels I think it is better than the first. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2010 by Chris Sams
3.0 out of 5 stars Let down by poor characterisation
Nine years on and the latest mission is to find out what happened to David Bowman and Discovery - and the monolith, which is still floating above Jupiter (the book is more a sequel... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2009 by Archy
4.0 out of 5 stars The sequal to the film of the book....
2010 is actually a sequal to the film (2001) and not the book. I would suggest watching 2001 the film before reading this book otherwise you'll be left wondering what's going... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2007 by David Bowers
4.0 out of 5 stars 2010 - Odyssey Two
A sequel to the classic '2001 A Space Odyssey' might seem like a unlikely and unnecessary prospect, but this is actually a far-better written novel than the earlier book, with... Read more
Published on 6 July 2007 by Jane Aland
5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favourite
This book is the exception to the rule that sequels can't surpass the original. Even though the ideas are not so unique and BIG as in 2001 (how could they be, the whole Quadrilogy... Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2007 by ImmortalWind
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