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    Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do Funny that this innocuous kiddies tune always reminds me of a homicidal supercomputer Arthur C Clarke, in spite of being a sci fi legend, is not known for his characterization, but HAL 9000 is one of the most memorable sci fi characters ever, with his friend Dave Bowman not far behind.With 2010 Odyssey Two, we are back to the future which is now the past Some people will be put off from reading this book because it is set six years ago and nothing like what transpires in the book occurred in the real 2010 Us long time sci fi readers are very tolerant of the real future overtaking the fictional one The important thing is the story, and the alien technology in this book has not been made to look silly by today s Earthly tech Better still, Clarke makes the super tech seems believable 2010 Odyssey Two takes place nine years after the classic 2001 A Space Odyssey thank you, Captain Obvious At the end of the previous book the spaceship Discovery is abandoned in Jupiter s orbit and the ship s single survivor, David Bowman, went through a gigantic monolith that turns out to be a portal of some kind, and nobody has heard from him since And what is all this OMG it s full of stars business Has he sneaked off to Beverly Hills Spacecraft DiscoveryThis sequel is centered on the Russian spacecraft The Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, manned mostly by Russian crew with a couple of Americans to legitimize entry into The Discovery, which is US property Their mission is to find out what happened to Discovery, HAL 9000 and Bowman, and also to investigate the giant Big Brother Zagadka monolith that Bowman went through What they discover is a project of cosmic proportions.The early part of 2010 Odyssey Two is less than riveting as Clarke goes into detail about the family life of the book s protagonist, Heywood Floyd and their pet dolphins Then there are several lengthy scientific expository passages leading up to the rendezvous with the Discovery which are too dry for my taste I do like hard SF, the real world science enhances the verisimilitude of the futuristic plot Unfortunately, long infodumps tend to be very dry read like extracts from a scientific journal article This is a trap that hard sf authors often fall into, though, to his credit, Clarke s expositions are accessible than most Science in tandem with storytelling, on the other hand, can be very effective and fascinating The best parts of this book are where Clarke successfully integrate the science into the narrative The giant Big Brother Zagadka monolith at Jupiter click to embiggen For example, Clarke s application of scientific minutiae during Floyd s exploration of the Discovery derelict makes for a wonderfully atmospheric scene love the surprising Ridley Scott s Alien reference The restoration and rebooting revival of HAL 9000 is my favorite part of the book, gotta love that HAL As for David Bowman, he has become something posthuman, but still retains much of his humanity in his thoughts and actions.Not the same old DaveFor most of the book 2010 Odyssey Two chugs along at a deliberate pace, though the first half of the book is not all that compelling but readable enough to stay out of the bin The narrative becomes much exciting as things become increasingly outlandish, and David Bowman goes on his almost metaphysical missions at the behest of his inscrutable alien masters The view spoiler redemption hide spoiler

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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 80s thought 2010 was going to look like Some of it is actually kind of close, which is pretty cool, and some of it is either useless and we never bothered to create it or it s still beyond us in terms of technology Second, I read the first book about seven years ago and have completely forgotten it, so the references in this were a little lost on me But that totally doesn t matter This isn t a completely stand alone book, but it s not nearly as intricately dependent on the first book as it could be Yes, you need to know the original plot, but beyond that you re good to go Third, HOW DOES CLARKE MANAGE TO KEEP YOU ENGAGED WITHOUT ANY SORT OF REAL VILLAIN This is how you know you re scary good half of the book 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 aren t aliens SURPRISE DAVID BOWMAN I mean what And yet, I couldn t put it down I really, really wanted to know what was going to happen, and I may track down the next book, because Clarke is made of scientific awesome.Also, the descriptions of the solar system Beautiful, man Word paintings I only give it four stars because the ending felt a little flat and by ending, I mean the last 5 or so pages, and the epilogue wasI don t know what it was, but it felt a little forced Perhaps this will be remedied by reading book three, I don t know, but it felt a tad anticlimactic, and therefore is cheated out of its fifth star Sorry, Zagadka.

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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 Sorry, Jupiter Right It was Jupiter all along.Dr Floyd, the bureaucrat who ventured to the Moon to check out TMA 1 is back and now he looks like Roy Schneider who I see died in 2008 The Russkis are headed out to check out what happened slightly quicker than what the U.S can manage Oh how times don t change Anyway, partnerships all are happy, joint U.S and Russian crew.So this is the story of recovering HAL and the further adventures of Space Baby Dave And while it isn t as grand and as awe inspiring as 2001, it s still a fun read with lots of nerdy details and some small instances of than two dimensional characterisation There is a brilliant flashback chapter involving Dave as a child and the death of his older brother The farmer aliens are in the background, if they are even still alive and active Maybe it s just their machines acting for them now Maybe they are retired to some higher dimension or some other bullshit.The events are plausible and very much fun Even their out stuff with Space Baby is not as far out as those final chapters of 2001 It s nowhere near as hippy dippy So if you read 2001, and YOU SHOULD, carry onto the second volume Not as good, much understandable, and good fun I found myself sad about HAL s fate though.

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    And because, in all the Galaxy, they had found nothing precious than Mind, they encouraged its dawning everywhere They became farmers in the field of stars they sowed, and sometimes they reaped And sometimes, dispassionately, they had to weed Guys, I think I ve found my new favourite series ever These books are SO GOOD The amount of work and research put into them is incredible and both the first book and this one have completely blown my mind Proper review to come.

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    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 computer Hal a long repair trip and Walter Curnow a systems specialist, are the Americans.Curnow job is to get Discovery working again before it crashes down on Io ,a hellish volcanic world and one of the many Jovian moons The real reason of the trip is of course , just a little 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 Its constant color changes, white, red , orange, and the Great Red Spot.But something strange is seen from the Leonov,a black image is spreading on the Fifth Planet.Soon it will engulf the entire sphere.What is it Exciting follow up to 2001.

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    This is an excellent and underrated novel.Clarke was and still is under fire from critics beacuse of his characters.Either they are wooden or unrealistic though realistic characters are pure fantasy or rudimentary or stock or I don t know some similiar nonsense.What they don t,or maybe don t want to understand is that Clarke was a big picture writer.He was a visionary who lived in the future.He was someone who was aware that we are nothing compared to the wonders of the Cosmos.Through his masterpieces he was the one who showed us those wonders.2010 is one of his many masterpieces.

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    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 and the high energy electron beam connecting Io to Jupiter he depicts Io, a land of fiery volcanoes, violent eruptions making umbrella clouds and molten lava lakes and he uses all the available information about Callisto, Ganymede and Europa to paint a vivid and entrancing picture of the moonscapes using his never exhausting arsenal of beautiful, sublime metaphors Perhaps, Clarke s level of ingenious and prolific depiction of the real planets and satellites could only be matched by none other than the Great Carl Sagan.I give Clarke enormous credit and due respect for not weaving mystical and unreal, speculative scenery of the worlds, but instead relying on the available information to show such a scenario that could possibly never be imagined by any of the Earth bound fantasy writers It is true, that the Universe is not stranger than we imagine, but it is stranger than we can imagine.Also, it turns out that the strange, eerie, surreal and enigmatic Universe is actually much profoundly beautiful and enchanting than we can possibly imagine.However, Clarke does resort to speculation in the latter half when he begins to describe the non corporeal Dave Bowman s descent into sub surface Europa to look for indigenous life and his descent into Jovian atmosphere to look for gaseous life, metallic hydrogen and the diamond core as big as the Earth These speculations still stand on the solid ground of research and inferential hypotheses propounded by reputable scientists However, the climax of Jupiter condensing and initiating nuclear fusion is absolutely speculative fantasy and couldn 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 prequel, Dave Bowman was converted by the invisible masters of the Galaxy into a pure energy life form, retaining his memory and consciousness The invisible masters are the entities which look for developing intelligence across the Galaxy and then ensure its survival and development by setting up dark rectangular slabs which direct the life forms and protect them This patronizing sort of intelligence occurred to me as highly disturbing and rather unsettling one this hypothesis regards humans as highly vulnerable to self destruction and incapable of supporting themselves against the follies and vices they commit, threatening their prospects of survival in consequence Which 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 ability to overcome our weaknesses and the potential of conquering the cosmos without needing any sort of external intervention.It also occurs to me that despite being a close friend of Carl Sagan, Clarke was highly inclined towards theistic philosophies and his idea, 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 The crew never regards HAL as a person, and they stand at a ready to dissipate it in case it disobeys them, they even abandon HAL to save themselves while running from Jovian collapse and ignition Clarke s HAL talks and behaves distinctively like a person, it shows efforts for self preservation and even subdued fear But Clarke doesn t go into details about it unlike his contemporary, Isaac Asimov It holds imperative that we review our understanding and ethics about treating other forms of consciousness, robots, computers and even animals in a better and compassionate way.It is rather a hard science fiction novel, relying almost exclusively on pure scientific facts and inferences, and almost negligibly on unrealistic speculations 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 mind He succeeds superbly at it, while describing the anxiety, fear, stress and agony of the crew whose characters are otherwise, at best, a little than single layered caricatures.

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    This book was really good concerning characters and their relationships I loved reading their interactions and some of their personal issues.However, for some reason, the actual plot didn t get me hooked Maybe one aspect of it was that we spent too few time on aspects I was interested in e.g Hal but the things we spent time on too often just couldn t hold my attention The last third was much interesting to me, but I couldn t really say for sure what my problem was before that.I would say it works as a continuation of 2001, even though it feels as if on a smaller scale.

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    A slow moving plot, the last 50 or so pages we get some results and some action , so to speak However, HAL 9000 doesn t turn renegade as in 2001, as the sentient AI has been handicapped after the events of the first novel In fact, the book 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 But the plant hybrid intellegence does destroy a Chinese mission to try and get to the Discovery the spacecraft featured in 2001 before the joint Russian American venture to find out what happened to David Bowman and the renegade HAL 9000 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 end of the book 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 I digress Short book and hence a short review, and ok to pass the time, but nothing really struck me as genius compared to Clarkes other works It was average I may or may not pick up the last two books in this series Depends on how I feel Unimpressed to be honest 3 stars.

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    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 appreciated it if they had all died As it stood, I couldn t make a connection with any of them I also thought the questions left by the last book, like what happened to David Bowman, and was HAL really insane, didn t have satisfying answers Yes, those characters were probably the most, if not only, interesting part about this book, but even they couldn t salvage this yawn inducing mission I won t be investing time in the third book, 2061 Oh, and PS Arthur C Clarke really liked the word myriad It s all over this book 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 He used it SO much.

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2010: Odyssey Two download 2010: Odyssey Two, read online 2010: Odyssey Two, kindle ebook 2010: Odyssey Two, 2010: Odyssey Two e42e94ab9698 Nine Years After The Disastrous Discovery Mission To Jupiter In , A Joint US Soviet Expedition Sets Out To Rendezvous With The Derelict Spacecraft To Search The Memory Banks Of The Mutinous Computer HALFor Clues To What Went Wrongand What Became Of Commander Dave BowmanWithout 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 JupiterMeanwhile, The Being That Was Once Dave Bowman The Only Human To Unlock The Mystery Of The Monolith Streaks Toward Earth On A Vital Mission Of Its Own