2010 (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: The Odyssey) by Arthur C. Clarke

By Arthur C. Clarke

9 years after the ill-fated Discovery One venture to Jupiter, a joint Soviet-American workforce 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 staff contains Heywood Floyd, the lone survivor from the former undertaking, and Dr. Chandra, the author of HAL.

What they locate is not any below an unsettling alien conspiracy—surrounding the evolutionary destiny of indigenous lifestyles kinds 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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He ignored Andrew's presence completely. Little Miss said, "All right, Father. " Sir shrugged. "I try to discuss everything quietly and rationally. " "I'm sorry. " "You know that Andrew is inherently incapable of craziness. " And Sir began to sputter and turn red again. Andrew had never seen Sir in such a state--never. Once more he began to feel uneasy about being present in the room, and thus setting up such a threat to the old man's constitution. Sir seemed almost on the verge of an apoplectic fit.

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