By Arthur C. Clarke
One of the 35 publication (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the total Arthur C. Clarke Collection.
In 1968, Arthur C. Clarke's best-selling 2001: an area Odyssey captivated the world—and used to be tailored right into a now-classic movie by means of Stanley Kubrick. fanatics needed to wait fourteen years for the sequel—but whilst it got here out, it used to be an rapid hit, successful the Hugo Award for most sensible Novel in 1983.
Nine years after the ill-fated Discovery One project to Jupiter, a joint Soviet-American staff travels to the planet to enquire the mysterious monolith orbiting the planet, the reason for the sooner mission's failure—and the disappearance of David Bowman. The group contains Heywood Floyd, the lone survivor from the former project, and Dr. Chandra, the writer of HAL.
What they locate isn't any under an unsettling alien conspiracy—surrounding the evolutionary destiny of indigenous existence types on Jupiter's moon Europa, in addition to that of the human species itself. A gripping continuation of the cherished Odyssey universe, 2010: Odyssey II is science-fiction storytelling at its top.
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From the center of the sphere, ever more complex forms appeared, expanded out of sight, and were replaced by others. In one witty sequence, single-celled creatures were shown climbing a spiral staircase, recognizable at once as a representation of the DNA molecule. With each step, something new was added; within a few minutes, the display had encompassed the four-billion-year odyssey from amoeba to man. Then the artist tried to go beyond, and Kaldor lost him. The contortions of the fluorescent gas became too complex and too abstract.
Cheap, easily worked, and surprisingly strong! This blunt cone is what our little iceberg looked like when we left the Solar System two hundred years ago. ” The image flickered, then reappeared. The ship was unchanged, but the cone floating ahead of it had shrunk to a thin disc. “That’s the result of drilling a hole fifty light-years long through this rather dusty sector of the galaxy. I’m pleased to say the rate of ablation is within five percent of estimate, so we were never in any danger —though of course there was always the remote possibility that we might hit something really big.