By Arthur C. Clarke
The 3rd e-book in Clarke's loved house Odyssey sequence, 2061: Odyssey 3 returns to Heywood Floyd, survivor of 2 prior encounters with the mysterious monoliths and the alien intelligences at the back of them. Floyd is selected as one among a handful of megastar site visitors to witness the 1st manned landing at the floor of Halley's Comet at the privately-owned spaceship Universe.
But the landing isn't really fated to head as deliberate. On Jupiter's moon Europa, which has gone through a change after occasions on the finish of 2010: Odyssey , scientists have noticed the surprising progress of a big, asymmetrical mountain made up our minds to be one unmarried huge, immense diamond-a fragment of Jupiter's center. The Universe's sister send, Galaxy, is hijacked and compelled to crash into Europa's ocean-and the Universe is diverted from its unique venture to rescue the staff.
In this publication, Heywood Floyd needs to once more live on an come across with HAL, David Bowman, and the mysterious monolith-building race with its personal hidden agenda-that will form the future of the human race.
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