"[Clarke] remains a master at describing the wonders of the material universe in sentences that combine a respect for scientific accuracy with an often startling lyricism."
*The New York Times Book Review
Fifty years after meeting the spirit of Dave Bowman aboard the abandoned Discovery and witnessing the fiery transformation of Jupiter into Earths second sun, 103-year-old Dr. Heywood Floyd boards the luxury spaceship Universe for the historic first landing on the surface of Halley''s Comet.
At the same time, the Galaxy expedition sets out to probe the evolutionary upheaval on Jupiter''s former moon Europa haunted by the fate of a doomed Chinese mission and by the ominous message from space: "All these worlds are yours *except Europa. Attempt no landings there. "
As the stranded Galaxy awaits rescue on the dangerous and forbidden surface of Europa and Universe races to her aid, the omniscient force that is Dave Bowman watches *and waits to reveal the extraordinary secrets of the monoliths, of the masters he now serves, and of mankind''s ultimate role in the course of cosmic history . . .
"[Clarke] is, after all, the poet laureate of the Space Age. He is at his best making the reader feel . . . that it is those dreams that finally come true that are the best dreams of all."
*Los Angeles Times
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