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To the spaceship Discovery, floating in the silent depths of space since Dave Bowman passed through the alien 'Star Gate', comes Heywood Floyd on a mission of recovery.
What he finds near Jupiter is beyond the imaginings of any mere human. to the spaceship Discovery, floating in the silent depths of space since David Bowman passed through the alien 'Star Gate', comes Heywood Floyd on a mission of recovery.
What he finds near Jupiter is beyond the imaginings of any mere human.
About the Author
Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics '2001, A Space Odyssey', 'Childhood's End', 'The City and the Stars' and 'Rendezvous With Rama'. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He passed away in March 2008.
A slick, tame sequel that extensively recaps and updates the original 2001 - but betters it only in the nuts-and-bolts department. The derelict ship Discovery, with disconnected computer Hal aboard, is in a decaying orbit about Jupiter; joining a USSR/US investigatory mission are, familiar from 2001, project expert Heywood Floyd and Hal's creator, Dr. Chandra. But then, surprisingly, a Chinese ship rockets past them and lands on Europa to refuel - only to be engulfed by a plant-monster inhabiting the liquid water beneath the moon's icy jacket. And soon Discovery is operational again: Hal, his murderous memories deleted by Chandra, wakes up sane enough; of missing astronaut Bowman there's no trace; and the Star Gate (the enigmatic floating slab beyond which lurk the mysterious cosmic beings who are directing human evolution) proves impervious to analysis. Then Bowman himself, now the god-like Star Child, bursts from the Gate and heads for Earth: he is, however, still being studied by, and controlled by, the cosmic paladins who transformed him into a disembodied intelligence (where he's low man on the totem of galactic brainpower). So the Star Child pokes about Bowman's old haunts on Earth, then surveys the Jovian system - where he realizes what his masters intend and warns Floyd to leave. And, in the finale, the cosmic brains ignite Jupiter into a mini-sun, thus warming up the Jovian moons to provide the struggling Europans with a more congenial environment in which to evolve intelligence. Steady cosmic storytelling, then, short on drama but delivered with Clarke's usual boyish panache; and the many 2001 followers will regard it as compulsory reading. (Kirkus Reviews)
ISBN: 9780586056998 ISBN-10: 0586056998 Series: Space Odyssey Audience:
Number Of Pages: 304 Published: 3rd April 1985 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 10.9 x 17.8
Weight (kg): 0.16
About the Author
Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick. His collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey set new standards for SF films, and he has also presented the television series Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World and its successors.
Clarke was a graduate of King's College, London where he obtained First Class Honours in Physics and Mathematics. He was a past Chairman of the British Interplanetary Society, a member of the Academy of Astronautics, the Royal Astronomical Society, and many other scientific organizations.
Author of over fifty books, his numerous awards include the 1961 Kalinga Prize, the AAAS-Westinghouse science writing prize, the Bradford Washburn Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for his novel Rendezvous With Rama. Clarke also won the Nebula Award of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1972, 1974 and 1979, the Hugo Award of the World Science Fiction Convention in 1974 and 1980, and in 1986 became Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He was awarded the CBE in 1989.
Sir Arthur C Clarke died March 18th 2008 in his adopted home of Sri Lanka.