By Arthur C. Clarke
"[Clarke] continues to be a grasp at describing the wonders of the fabric universe in sentences that mix a admire for medical accuracy with a frequently startling lyricism."
*The big apple occasions publication Review
Fifty years after assembly the spirit of Dave Bowman aboard the deserted Discovery and witnessing the fiery transformation of Jupiter into Earths moment solar, 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 identical time, the Galaxy day trip units out to probe the evolutionary upheaval on Jupiter's former moon Europa haunted by means of the destiny of a doomed chinese language undertaking and via the ominous message from area: "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 position during cosmic background . . .
"[Clarke] is, finally, the poet laureate of the distance Age. he's at his most sensible making the reader think . . . that it's these goals that at last come real which are the easiest goals of all."
*Los Angeles Times
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Yes, I know that's impossible. But you've not heard anything yet. ' 'I'm afraid so. She's damaged, but apparently there's no loss of life. ' 'Twelve hours ago. ' 'But what can we do? We're on the other side of the Solar System. ' 'Much lower energy mission. Oh, they could just manage Europa, but with negligible payload. ' Floyd scarcely heard the Captain; he was still trying to assimilate this astonishing news. For the first time in half a century – and only for the second time in all history!
If he made a mistake – and after the last few hours, he could scarcely be blamed – no 29 home computer would say to him: 'Sorry – you've crashed. Would you like to try again? Answer YES/NO…' Second Officer Yu and his two companions, waiting with their improvised weapons outside the locked door of the bridge, had perhaps been given the toughest assignment of all. They had no monitor screens to tell them what was happening, and had to rely on messages from the wardroom. Nor had there been anything through the spy mike, which was hardly surprising.
And he was honest enough to admit that 'fear' was the correct word. 'Bill – are you all right? ' 'Still filming. Some of these shapes remind me of Indian temple sculpture. ' He was deliberately turning his mind away from the direct confrontation of his fears, hoping thereby to sneak up on them unawares, by a kind of averted mental vision. Meanwhile the purely mechanical acts of recording and collecting samples occupied most of his attention. There was nothing wrong, he reminded himself, with healthy fear; only when it escalated into panic did it become a killer.
2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke