Sounds good. BTW I also downloaded/bought Rendezvous with Rama
and The Songs of Distant Earth
which I think one of you said was good as well. Definitely not going to read them all in a streak, but things are actually improving, else I would not have just bought three such books in such short space of time. For now though I think I will lay off anything >299 pages.
On Chapter 4 of Earthlight
. If any of you had overlooked that one, it's an interesting premise. Just think of the American Revolution, but backwards, sort of. A man is sent (this doesn't spoil anything) from "Central Intelligence" to spy on the Lunar observatory, posing as a CPA. I think I'm actually going to finish this one in a timely manner...something that hasn't happened for a few years now.
Offhand, I read that Rock Hudson had left the premiere of 2001: A Space Odyssey
, bitterly asking "would someone please tell me what the hell this is about?"
Actually, I think that was in the introduction to the book 2001. I really think that 2001 and 2010 are the only important ones, or ones worth reading, in the Odyssey series. In other words, I concur with you Danivon about 2061.
Also offhand--thinking of 2001/2010--My big question is of course, with the knowledge we have now, why have we not yet built a space station that SPINS on a central axis, which is where "stuff" could link up to, but the spinney part (sorry I'm getting so technical) is where people could live. I wonder what such a thing would cost? And maybe such a station could spit out a "capture" satellite to....um...capture satellites (if they had broken, like when Hubble's mirror was misaligned and they had to fix it via the Space Shuttle) and bring them back to the Space Station, where the team of scientists, or engineers or whoever, would fix the thing. Probably a lot more complicated than I am making it out to be, but it would be cool. At any rate, since such a thing would spin on a central axis people could live there longer, even if it wasn't "full" gravity (everywhere is "full gravity" I am told but I think you all know what I mean). Like 1/2 Earth gravity or something. At least enough that you wouldn't have to undergo physical therapy when you got back!
Not only that, it requires a new type of launch vehicle, 2 stages at most (like the White Knight/SpaceShipOne was) just as Clarke described. And with a minimum as possible thrust so you wouldn't have "train" beforehand: it would be just like taking a regular, commercial flight (with a few caveats of course, like, don't sit next to someone who gets spacesick).
At least a little of what's in 2001/2010 could have been done by now, if it weren't for that damned invasion of Iraq (not trying to get onto that subject tho, haha) as much money as we spent there, we would not have had to cancel Constellation. Bringing private companies into it for once was a good idea I think and we may very well catch up to 2001....at least by 2101, I would hope...