By Arthur C. Clarke
A thousand years after the Jupiter undertaking to discover the mysterious Monolith were destroyed, after Dave Bowman used to be remodeled into the megastar baby, Frank Poole drifted in area, frozen and forgotten, leaving the supercomputer HAL inoperable. yet now Poole has again to lifestyles, awakening in an international some distance varied from the only he left behind--and simply because the Monolith might be stirring once more . . .
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The Christmas trees of his childhood had been adorned with just such ornaments, delicate bubbles of coloured glass. And the comparison was not completely ludicrous: for many families on Earth, this was still the right season for gifts, and Goliath was bringing a present beyond price to another world. The radar image of the tortured Venusian landscape – its weird volcanoes, pancake domes, and narrow, sinuous canyons – dominated the main screen of Goliath's control centre, but Poole preferred the evidence of his own eyes.
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3001 The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke