Study Guide

2001: A Space Odyssey Part 2, Chapter 8

By Arthur C. Clarke

Part 2, Chapter 8

Orbital Rendezvous

  • The spaceship docks on a space station.
  • Floyd is met by Nick Miller, station security.
  • Floyd adjusts to the weightlessness and moves gingerly into the station.
  • He calls home and talks to his housekeeper and gives her instructions to take care of everything now that he's left suddenly.
  • Again, effort to make Floyd into a real person is a failure. Sorry, Shmoopers.
  • While he's talking Dmitri Moisevitch, a U.S.S.R. (or Russian) scientist shows up.
  • He's good friends with Floyd, but Floyd doesn't want to talk to him because Floyd has secrets.
  • A lot of this novel feels like moving characters around so they can get to the cool scenes in the movie.