By Arthur C. Clarke
One of the 35 booklet (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the entire Arthur C. Clarke Collection.
In 1968, Arthur C. Clarke's best-selling 2001: an area Odyssey captivated the world—and was once tailored right into a now-classic movie by way of Stanley Kubrick. lovers needed to wait fourteen years for the sequel—but whilst it got here out, it used to be an immediate hit, successful the Hugo Award for top Novel in 1983.
Nine years after the ill-fated Discovery One venture to Jupiter, a joint Soviet-American team 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 workforce comprises Heywood Floyd, the lone survivor from the former challenge, and Dr. Chandra, the writer of HAL.
What they locate is not any lower than an unsettling alien conspiracy—surrounding the evolutionary destiny of indigenous existence kinds on Jupiter's moon Europa, in addition to that of the human species itself. A gripping continuation of the loved Odyssey universe, 2010: Odyssey II is science-fiction storytelling at its most sensible.
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