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2010 Odyssey Two

When 2001 A Space Odyssey first shocked amazed and delighted millions in the late 1960s the novel was uickly 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 uestions has grown insistent through the yearsWho or what 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 COOLBut 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 unfairThere 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 awesomeAlso 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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AppearedWould there be a seuelNow all those uestions and many have been answered In this stunning seuel to his international bestseller Clarke has written what will truly be one of the great books of the '80s Cosmic in sweep elouent in its depiction of Man's place in the Universe and filled with the romance of space this novel is a monumental achieveme I ll suggest the reader of this review to go through plot summary of this novel and a little familiariation with its preuel 2001 A Space Odyssey I ll only be expatiating here on some aspects I found fascinatingAlthough 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 SaganI 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 imagineAlso it turns out that the strange eerie surreal and enigmatic Universe is actually much profoundly beautiful and enchanting than we can possibly imagineHowever 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 intelligenceI should point out that in the preuel 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 conseuence 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 conuering the cosmos without needing any sort of external interventionIt 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 worldHis description of HAL 9000 the self conscious artificial intelligence aboard Discovery and the treatment it is subjected to raises many uestions 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 wayIt 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 satisfyingClarke 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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Transformed Dave Bowman into the Star Child What purpose lay behind the transformation What would become of the Star ChildWhat alien purpose lay behind the monoliths on the Moon and out in spaceWhat could drive HAL a stable intelligent computer to kill the crew Was HAL really insane What happened to HAL and the spaceship Discovery after Dave Bowman dis Space Baby s Big Day OutAfter 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 SaturnJUPITER Sorry Jupiter Right It was Jupiter all alongDr 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 uicker than what the US can manage Oh how times don t change Anyway partnerships all are happy joint US and Russian crewSo 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 bullshitThe 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


10 thoughts on “2010 Odyssey Two

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    “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 behin

  3. says:

    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 COOLBut 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

  4. says:

    Space Baby's Big Day OutAfter the events in 2001 Dave becoming a Space Baby HAL being shut down while singing the world i

  5. says:

    '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 P

  6. says:

    The movie seuel is not as good as the original but in many ways this might be Clarke's most polished effort He actually t

  7. says:

    Wow This was a very fun read I loved it

  8. says:

    This book was really good concerning characters and their relationships I loved reading their interactions and some of their personal issuesHowever for some reason the actual plot didn't get me hooked Maybe one aspect of i

  9. says:

    I'll suggest the reader of this review to go through plot summary of this novel and a little familiariation with its preuel 2001 A Space Odyssey I'll only be expatiating here on some aspects I found fascinatingAlthough 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 th

  10. says:

    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 uite boring as no one ends up being killed and nothing much seems to go

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