By Arthur C. Clarke
9 years after the ill-fated Discovery One undertaking to Jupiter, a joint Soviet-American group travels to the planet to enquire the mysterious monolith orbiting the planet, the reason for the sooner mission’s failure—and the disappearance of David Bowman. The group contains Heywood Floyd, the lone survivor from the former challenge, and Dr. Chandra, the author of HAL.
What they locate is not any below an unsettling alien conspiracy—surrounding the evolutionary destiny of indigenous lifestyles types on Jupiter’s moon Europa, in addition to that of the human species itself. A gripping continuation of the cherished Odyssey universe, 2010: Odyssey II is science-fiction storytelling at its top.
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