Who is David Bowman in 2010: Odyssey Two, and why is he important for this story?

David Bowman in 2010: Odyssey Two is a missing scientist. The main character in the previous installments of the series, Bowman has gone missing, and it's up to a joint Soviet-American crew to try to track him down. Bowman is important because he holds the key to understanding why the original Discovery One mission failed.

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Dr. David Bowman is the central character in the Space Odyssey series of books by Arthur C. Clarke. He is the main protagonist in 2001: A Space Odyssey where the is the mission commander of the Discovery 1. He is also the sole survivor of the disaster that...

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Dr. David Bowman is the central character in the Space Odyssey series of books by Arthur C. Clarke. He is the main protagonist in 2001: A Space Odyssey where the is the mission commander of the Discovery 1. He is also the sole survivor of the disaster that happened on board ship.

The ship's computer, HAL-9000, malfunctioned, killing all members of the crew except Bowman. Though this certainly wasn't for want of trying, as HAL-9000 tried to kill Bowman by refusing him reentry into the pod bay. Bowman is able to survive by getting inside and disconnecting HAL, which prevents the computer from causing any more damage.

Bowman shows up in 2010: Discovery Two as a non-corporeal entity. Even so, he remains a significant character in the story. A joint US-Soviet mission has been sent into space in order to find out what happened to Bowman. If the men of the joint mission can somehow track Bowman down—assuming, of course, that he's still alive—then they'll be in a position to find out exactly why the Discovery 1 mission ended so catastrophically.

Bowman holds the key to what happened. He can also perhaps shed some light on what current and future generations of space explorers need to do if they are to enlarge our knowledge of the cosmos.

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