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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a novelization of the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day and written by Randall Frakes.

Publisher's summary[]

Two Terminators, humanoid fighting machines, are sent back in time from 2029 to the present to affect the course of history and determine the outcome of a future war between man and machine.


Main article: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (film)
Note: The novel shares the same story with the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, although there are differences between the two.



Continuity notes[]

  • The first future scene takes place on Wednesday, July 11, 2029.[1]
  • The epilogue takes place on Sunday, July 11, 2029.[2] Note that July 11, 2029, falls on a Wednesday, not a Sunday. This is also an internal conflict with the first future scene date.
  • The novel opens on Thursday, July 19, 1984, and states that it is 126 days following the events of The Terminator.[3] This would place the events of The Terminator around March 15, 1984, the same date referenced in Randall Frakes' novelization of The Terminator. (Note that The Terminator film takes place in May 1984.)
  • The main events of the novel begin around Saturday, June 8, 1992,[4] but this creates several inconsistencies. John would be seven years old, but he is stated to be ten years old.[5] The events of The Terminator would be eight years earlier, but are stated to be ten years earlier.[6][7] Note that the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day took place in 1995 when John is ten. Also note that June 8, 1992, was a Monday, not a Saturday. The author's chronometrical error may very well have been caused by referencing a then-current calendar, i.e., 1991, the year the novelization was published; in 1991, June 8 did, in fact, fall on a Saturday.

Differences between the film and novel[]

  • In the novel, some backstory is given on the T-1000 and the T-800 utilizing the Time Displacement Equipment.
  • There is an extended Future War sequence describing the defeat of Skynet by the human Resistance and how they entered a SkyNet lab, where they found the Time Displacement Equipment and how they were sending Kyle Reese though time and finding facilities of Terminators.
  • There are machines, such as the HK-Silverfish, the HK-Centurion, and the Future Terminator, were originally going to be in the film but never shown due to the lack of time and budget.
  • Sarah Connor's fate in the future war is revealed, she was killed in a supply run in the 2020s when she was ambushed by HKs. Likewise, John Connor recalls Sarah and him continuing down south into Mexico, implying that Sarah Connor's dream and subsequent attempt to kill Miles never happened in the timeline where Skynet was created and took over and that this was the point of divergence.
  • Miles Dyson's teenage years and propensity for science is mentioned in the novel.
  • The epilogue for the novel is the alternate future that Judgment Day was averted, which is used as the alternative ending for the film.


Publisher Region Type Date ISBN
Bantam Spectra North America Paperback July 1991 0-553-29169-6
Sphere UK, Australia Paperback July 1991 0-7474-1032-1
Warner Books Paperback July 1994 0-7515-1412-8



  1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day page 7, chapter "Upthen".
  2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day page 237, chapter "Judgment Day".
  3. Terminator 2: Judgment Day page 1, chapter "Day One Twenty-Six".
  4. Terminator 2: Judgment Day page 153, chapter "Sunday Drive" gives the date Sunday, June 9, 1992. (Note that June 9, 1992 was a Tuesday, not a Sunday.)
  5. Terminator 2: Judgment Day page 44, chapter "The General". John is described twice as a "ten-year-old".
  6. Terminator 2: Judgment Day page 63, chapter "Visiting Hours". Sarah imagines Kyle is with her: "She pressed her face into his shoulder, weeping uncontrollably, losing the edge she had been so carefully building the last ten years, feeling it sandblasted back by the intense love she felt for this dead man."
  7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day page 75, chapter "Rosetta Stone". Greg Simmons recalls the events at the factory in The Terminator as happening "ten years ago."

External links[]

Terminator film novelizations