2010: Odyssey Two

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Nine years after the disastrous Discovery mission to Jupiter in 2001, a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition sets out to rendezvous with the derelict spacecraft -- to search the memory banks of the mutinous computer HAL 9000 for clues to what went wrong ... and what became of Commander Dave Bowman.

Without warning, a Chinese expedition targets the same objective, turning the recovery mission into a frenzied race for the precious information Discovery may hold about the enigmatic monolith that orbits Jupiter.

Meanwhile, the being that was once Dave Bowman -- the only human to unlock the mysterie of the monolith -- streaks toward Earth on a vital mission of its own ...
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Published February 25th 1997 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1982
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2010: Odyssey Two
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The excess of work and research put into them is incredible and both the first books and this one have completely blown my mind.

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The real eason of the journe is of course, just a little more complicated.Discovery 's Captain David Bowman 's disappearance and his last words " My God, it 's full of stars " haunts the Earth still.The mysterious black monolith that is floating in space between Jupiter and her moon Io.How dangerous a threat is it to Earth? The very able Captain Tatiana Orlova is in charge and even has her husband on board.All the crew begin to call the monolith " Big Brother ", even the uncomfortable Soviets.A shocking development arises when the Chinese send the spaceship Tsien, ahead of the Leonov.Using all their fuel to arrive first! A suicide mission? What is their goal? To steal valuable information from the Discovery and Big Brother? The puzzle continues when the Chinese land on another Jovian moon, the ice satellite Europa.Why? But meanwhile the view of Jupiter 's dazzling atmosphere, is not to be missed.

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Space Baby 's Big Day Out.After the events in 2001 ( Dave becoming a Space Baby, HAL being shut down while singing), the world is left in wonder about what happened out near Saturn..JUPITER!

Anyway, partnerships all are happy, joint U.S. and Russian crew.So this is the tory of recovering HAL and the further dventures of Space Baby Dave.

Maybe they are retired to some higher dimension or some other bullshit.The events are plausible and very much fun.

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Yes, those characters were probably the most, if not only, interesting part about this novel, but even they could n't salvage this yawn- inducing mission.

So much so, that if one were to make a drinking game every time they saw the word here, they would probably go blind and die.

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In fact, the ook is quite boring as no one ends up being killed and nothing much seems to go wrong, and in effect it just speculative Sci-Fi about Alien intellegences ( this time on one of Jupiters moon- Europa).

It was ok as a read, not one of the better Arthur C Clarke books I have read, and some aspects of it- like Jupiter turning in a Sun at the nd of the ook ( Bowmans being/spirit visits one of the joint venture crewpersons to warn them to leave the Jovian system before Jupiter goes kind of supernova from the Monolith they find that is millennia years old) was umm, quite boring.

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However, the climax of Jupiter condensing and initiating nuclear fusion is absolutely speculative fantasy and could n't be given much serious consideration, even though the condensation is said to be trigerred by higher forms of technological intelligence.I should point out that, in the novelizatio, Dave Bowman was converted by the invisible masters of the Galaxy into a pure-energy life-form, retaining his memory and consciousness.

That is obviously true, but I find my own ideas to be better in sync with those of Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan which hold the belief in human intelligence, our bility to overcome our weaknesses and the otential of conquering the cosmos without needing any sort of external intervention.It also occurs to me that despite being a close acquaintanc of Carl Sagan, Clarke was highly inclined towards theistic philosophies and his thinkin, showing invisible masters guarding and helping the intelligences, can be said to be the manifestation serving his purpose of having deities in real world.His description of HAL 9000, the self-conscious artificial intelligence aboard Discovery, and the treatment it is subjected to, raises many questions and concerns about our ethics of dealing with non-human, non-organic intelligence.

His description of space travel, the environment aboard the ship, interactions and relationships of the crew; are satisfying.Clarke is a master at weaving dark, haunting atmospheres which always show his cynicism and impart fear and thrill into reader 's ind.

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As soon as I finished reading this I thought, man, I wish I did n'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.

First, and one of the guys that I love to read old sci-fi books for, is what Clarke in the 80s thought 2010 was going to look like.

This is how you know you 're scary good; half of the books is trying to figure out what 's going on with crazy computer Hal, unless it 's dealing with the strange things on Europa, or wait, there are these aliens that are n't aliens SURPRISE DAVID BOWMAN I mean what?

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