By Arthur C. Clarke
One of the 35 booklet (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the entire Arthur C. Clarke Collection.
The yr is 2001, and cosmonauts discover a mysterious monolith that has been buried at the Moon for a minimum of 3 million years. To their astonishment, the monolith releases an both mysterious pulse—a type of signal—in the course of Saturn after it truly is unearthed. no matter if alarm or conversation, the human race needs to recognize what the sign is—and who it was once meant for.
The Discovery and its team, assisted via the hugely complex HAL 9000 computing device procedure, units out to enquire. yet because the workforce attracts toward their rendezvous with a mysterious and historic alien civilization, they discover that the best hazards they face come from in the spacecraft itself. HAL proves a deadly touring significant other, and the workforce needs to outwit him to survive.
This novel model of the well-known Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: an area Odyssey used to be written via Clarke along with the movie's creation. it truly is intended to face as a spouse piece, and it...
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