By Arthur C. Clarke

9 years after the ill-fated Discovery One challenge to Jupiter, a joint Soviet-American workforce 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 workforce comprises Heywood Floyd, the lone survivor from the former project, 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 liked Odyssey universe, 2010: Odyssey II is science-fiction storytelling at its most sensible.

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Barv thought so. Jysella clung to that hope as well. Her booted feet rang in the vast, open space of the Temple entrance hall as she headed toward the turbolift that would take her to the First Wing of the archives. She crossed her arms, fidgeting slightly, as the turbolift hummed softly and bore her to the top floor. She found Cilghal in a small alcove in the depths of the stacks, seated at one of the tables and surrounded by tall piles of glowing blue datatapes and datacards. Her smooth brown head was bent over an ancient text, and her flipper-like hands were encased in gloves to protect the delicate old flimsi.

It’s slowing its approach,” Ithila said. ” Dician didn’t bother to tell the Hapan woman that she already knew that; that she was intimately connected with this meditation sphere, this … Ship. It seemed particularly interested in the younglings, and she understood that this had been the focus of its design. To protect and educate apprentices. To prepare them for their destinies. You will come to Korriban. You will serve me, Dician, and you will teach the younglings. You will fulfill your intended purpose.

She turned and saw the exit from this wing. It opened onto the huge main hallway. Beyond that, the Promenade, and freedom. Jysella gulped and started running. She swore under her breath as another Jedi emerged from one of the side stacks. This one looked like a Brubb, but she didn’t recognize him. They were everywhere, these false ones. So desperate was her need to get out that she didn’t even slow. With a snarl, she made a gesture as if she were running her fingers horizontally along one of the shelves.

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