By Arthur C. Clarke
2001 : L'Odyssée de l'espace (titre unique : 2001: an area Odyssey) est un roman de science-fiction écrit en 1968 par Arthur C. Clarke parallèlement au tournage du movie de Stanley Kubrick, 2001, l'Odyssée de l'espace.
L'histoire est basée sur plusieurs nouvelles d'Arthur C. Clarke dont notamment los angeles Sentinelle (1951). Le roman a ecu trois suites formant les Odyssées de l'espace.
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Of course, it was impossible to do this for every item, but he never hesitated to investigate if he had good reason. 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.
Looks like ice – must be a frozen lake – how thick? – HOW THICK? -The five-hundred-ton hammer-blow of Galaxy's main jets hit the treacherously inviting surface. A pattern of radiating lines sped swiftly across it; the ice cracked, and great sheets started to overturn. Concentric waves of boiling water hurtled outwards as the fury of the drive blasted into the suddenly uncovered lake. Like the well-trained officer he was, Chang reacted automatically, without the fatal hesitations of thought. His left hand ripped open the SAFETY LOCK bar; his right grabbed the red lever it protected – and pulled it to the open position.
Now, any other little surprises? Were you planning seismic surveys? I believe those usually involve explosives…' A few hours later, the somewhat chastened scientist admitted that he had also found two bottles of elemental fluorine, used to power the lasers which could zap passing celestial bodies at thousand-kilometre ranges for spectrographic sampling. As pure fluorine was about the most vicious substance known to man, it was high on the list of prohibited materials – but, like the rockets which drove the penetrometers down to their targets, it was essential for the mission.