By Arthur C. Clarke
"[Clarke] is still a grasp at describing the wonders of the cloth universe in sentences that mix a recognize for clinical accuracy with a frequently startling lyricism."
*The big apple occasions ebook Review
Fifty years after assembly the spirit of Dave Bowman aboard the deserted Discovery and witnessing the fiery transformation of Jupiter into Earths moment sunlight, 103-year-old Dr. Heywood Floyd forums the luxurious spaceship Universe for the historical first touchdown at the floor of Halley's Comet.
At an analogous time, the Galaxy excursion units out to probe the evolutionary upheaval on Jupiter's former moon Europa haunted via the destiny of a doomed chinese language project and via the ominous message from house: "All those worlds are yours *except Europa. try out no landings there. "
As the stranded Galaxy awaits rescue at the risky and forbidden floor of Europa and Universe races to her reduction, the omniscient strength that's Dave Bowman watches *and waits to bare the intense secrets and techniques of the monoliths, of the masters he now serves, and of mankind's final function during cosmic historical past . . .
"[Clarke] is, finally, the poet laureate of the distance Age. he's at his most sensible making the reader believe . . . that it really is these desires that eventually come actual which are the simplest desires of all."
*Los Angeles Times
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Only Chang knew whether the ship had enough propellant to reach a stable orbit; and even if it did, Captain Laplace thought gloomily, the lunatic with the gun might order him down again. Though he did not for a minute believe that she really was a lunatic; she knew exactly what she was doing. Suddenly, there was a change in thrust. 'Number Four motor's just cut,' said an engineering officer. 'I'm not surprised – probably overheated. ' There was, of course, no sense of any directional change – the reduced thrust was still along the ship's axis – but the views on the monitor screens had tilted crazily.
Space crews were, on the whole, a highly responsible body of men; but long missions could be boring, and there were tedium-relieving chemicals which – though perfectly legal on Earth – should be discouraged off it. When Second Officer Chris Floyd reported his suspicions, the Captain assumed that the ship's chromatographic 'sniffer' had detected another cache of the high-grade opium which his largely Chinese crew occasionally patronized. This time, however, the matter was serious – very serious.
He had not seen a single horizontal area larger than a tennis court -and the red line on the propellant gauge was only thirty seconds away. But there, at last, was a smooth surface – much the flattest he'd seen – it was his only chance within the time frame. Delicately, he juggled the giant, unstable cylinder he was controlling towards the patch of horizontal ground – it seemed to be snow-covered – yes, it was – the blast was blowing the snow away – but what's underneath? – looks like ice – must be a frozen lake – how thick?
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