“2010: Odyssey Two”

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Basic info
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: The Space Odyssey series
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 1982

“2010: Odyssey Two”


“2010: Odyssey Two” is about Dr. Heywood Floyd’s trip to investigate what happened to the spaceship Discovery in Jupiter.

3 Americans and 7 Russians go aboard the Soviet spaceship Alexei Leonov. The AI computer HAL 9000 plays an important role again in this novel.

“2010: Odyssey Two” is the sequel to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the novel and the movie released in 1968. The movie “2010: The Year We Make Contact” based on the novel “2010: Odyssey Two” was released in 1984.

It had been approximately 2 decades since the work of “2001: A Space Odyssey” began. There had been many scientific discoveries during that time, and there are differences in the universe settings.

The name of the HAL’s instructor is Dr. Chandra in the novel and the movie “2010: The Year We Make Contact” while it’s Langley in “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

The scenes Chinese space programs compete with the USA and the USSR are not included in the movie.


Dr. Heywood Floyd:
He travels to Jupiter for the mission to investigate and recover the spaceship Discovery, which failed to return from the earlier exploration. He is the protagonist of this story.

Dr. Walter Curnow:
An engineer from the USA and the specialist for the spaceship Discovery, who is bisexual. He is said to have a close relationship with Dr. Maxim Brailovsky and later gets engaged with a woman.

Tatiana “Tanya” Orlova:
She is the captain of the spaceship Alexei Leonov. Her family name is Kirbuk in the movie.

Dr. Vasili Orlov:
He is the chief scientist for the spaceship Alexei Leonov, and husband of Tatiana “Tanya” Orlova.

Dr. Maxim Brailovsky:
He is a bisexual cosmonaut. He is said to have a good relationship with Dr. Walter Curnow, and later gets engaged with Zenia Marchenko.

Surgeon Commander Katerina Rudenko:
The medical doctor of the spaceship Alexei Leonov. This role is changed to a male in the movie.

Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Kovalev:
He is a team member of the spaceship Alexei Leonov. Knowledgeable in science.

HAL 9000:
The AI computer of the spaceship Discovery. It is suspected that the failure of the previous mission may be due to the acts of HAL.

Dr. Nikolai Ternovsky:
A team member of the spaceship Alexei Leonov. He works on repairing HAL 9000 with Dr. Chandra.

Dr. Sivasubramanian Chandrasegarampillai:
Dr. Chandra in short. An American crew. He is the person who invented HAL 9000, and responsible for reviving HAL 9000.

Zenia Marchenko:
The youngest team member of the spaceship Alexei Leonov, who joined the crew to take the place of an injured cosmonaut. She gets married with Dr. Maxim Brailovsky.

Dr. Dimitri Moisevitch:
Along with Dr. Floyd, Dr. Moisevitch has the exhibition on the joint mission of the USA and the USSR.

Victor Millson:
He is the successor of Dr. Heywood Floyd.

SAL 9000:
The machine, that is equivalent to HAL 9000 for the earth side.

Professor Chang:
A crew member of the Chinese spaceship Tsien. He reports the incident, which Tsien encountered at Europa, 1 of the moons of Jupiter, and sends a farewell message.


The USSR’s spaceship Alexei Leonov becomes ready ahead of USA’s spaceship Discovery Two. So Amerians decide to join the Russian mission.

In 2010, USA and USSR carry out joint missions to recover the spaceship Discovery One and study the monolith found in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The monolith orbits around Jupiter.

The spaceship Alexei Leonov with American and Russian crews onboard gets to the site of the previous mission.

The Chinese spaceship Tsien also heads to Jupiter. However, the Tsien gets attacked by native creatures on Europa, 1 of the moons of Jupiter, and the chinese mission ends up incomplete. Professor Chang, the only survivor of the Tsien, sends a farewell message to the spaceship Alexei Leonov as the air supply to the spacesuit is about to finish.

The spaceship Alexei Leonov reaches the spaceship Discovery. The inventor of HAL 9000, Dr. Chandra repairs the AI computer, and studies the causes behind the malfunction.

Dr. David Bowman, who went missing in the previous mission, appears in various forms such as the energy based life and avatar to communicate with people, including his mother and ex-girlfriend.

The aliens study human beings through David Bowman. Primitive life forms like gas are found in the atmosphere around Jupiter. Life forms are also found below the ice of Europa. The aliens notice that the aquatic creatures of Europa have good possibilities to evolve although they are still primitive.

David Bowman tells Dr. Heywood Floyd to depart from Jupiter no later than 15 days. However, the crew of the spaceship Alexei Leonov shows hesitation to leave. Then the monolith orbiting around Jupiter disappears. 

The spaceship Alexei Leonov makes the urgent escape by using Discovery as a booster rocket. Discovery fails to return to the earth again and remains in the orbit of Jupiter.

A dark spot is found, and the telescope of HAL 9000 confirms that it’s a bunch of monoliths. Monoliths make the density of Jupiter high, and it becomes a small star after nuclear fusion.

The life forms like gas, inhabiting around the clouds of Jupiter, seem to have gone extinct as the result of the major alteration.

While Jupiter is getting converted to the new star, David Bowman turns up at the spaceship Discovery, and orders HAL 9000 to send the message, “All these worlds are yours – except Europa. Attempt no landing there.”

The spaceship Discovery gets wiped out by the new star named Lucifer. Then the aliens take AI from HAL 9000 and convert into a life form like them and David Bowman.

In AD 20,001, the creatures of Europa have evolved into intelligent beings with help of a monolith to build civilization in an early stage. The star Lucifer is seen as the primary sun and Sol as the cold sun.

The creatures with tendril-like limbs inhabit the parts of Europa, where Lucifer’s light reaches continuously. Some of them extend their journeys to the other side. It’s the ice world, where night can be experienced. They observe the night sky and make a mythology.

They believe that Lucifer is relatively new, which is right. They also believe that the cold sun is Lucifer’s brother, and walked through the sky for the punishment of his crime. 

The creatures are aware of the 3 other large moons Io, Callisto, and Ganymede, and colonies of humans are in 2 of them.

All the probes heading to Europa break down and crash. The creatures of Europa worship the wreckages of brobes. Human’s attempts to explore Europa keep failing.

The creatures believe that a monolith is protecting the Europa and keeping humans away, which is correct. They pay the utmost respect toward the guardian monolith, in which Dave Bowman and HAL 9000 stay.

The monolith to shut out encounters of humanity and Europan creatures as long as it’s needed.

Author: Takuya Nagata Amazon Profile

A novel writer and creator. Traveled to Brazil and trained football at CFZ do Rio (Centro de Futebol Zico Sociedade Esportiva) in Rio de Janeiro. Played soccer for the Urawa Reds (Urawa Red Diamonds), one of the biggest football clubs in Japan, and toured Europe. Retired at a young age and voyaged alone to England and graduated from UCA, the UK’s university. Established careers as a journalist, football coach, consultant, etc. across Europe such as Spain. Knowledgeable in creative and technology fields as well. The founder of “Propulsive Football” (PROBALL), the world’s first-ever competitive mixed football facilitating diversity and spirits for equal participation in society.


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