By Arthur C. Clarke
"[Clarke] is still a grasp at describing the wonders of the cloth universe in sentences that mix a appreciate for clinical accuracy with a regularly startling lyricism."
*The manhattan 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 sunlight, 103-year-old Dr. Heywood Floyd forums the posh 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 through the destiny of a doomed chinese language project and by way of 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 relief, 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 heritage . . .
"[Clarke] is, in the end, the poet laureate of the distance Age. he's at his most sensible making the reader suppose . . . that it's these goals that at last come precise which are the simplest desires of all."
*Los Angeles Times
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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.