At a glance:
- Author: Arthur C. Clarke
- First Published: 1982
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: The early twenty-first century
- Setting: Earth (Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Florida) and outer space (primarily between the orbits of Earth and Jupiter)
- Characters: Heywood Floyd, Walter Curnow, Sivasubramian “Chandra” Chandrasegarampillai, David Bowman
- Genres: Long fiction, Science fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Space flight or travel, Space ships, stations, or vehicles, Planets, Aliens, space
- Locales: Space, Earth
One of four 1982 best-sellers in genuine science fiction, 2010: Odyssey Two was perhaps the least likely to achieve that eminence solely on the basis of its content. Rambling and discursive, with only brief flashes of melodrama to relieve its pursuit of information about the universe, it does not even offer a self-contained story, but it was pre-sold by the name Arthur C. Clarke and by its connection with the novelization of the classic film to which it is a sequel. It is surprising that the book holds together as well as it does, summing up and extending Clarke’s...
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