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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 Title: 2061: Odissey three Author: Arthur C. Clarke Original copyright year: 1987 Genre: science fiction Comments: to my knowledge, this is the only available e-text of this book. Source: scanned and OCR-read from a paperback edition with Xerox TextBridge Pro 9.0, proofread in MS Word 2000. Date of e-text: September 5, 1999 Prepared by: Anada Sucka Anticopyright 1999. All rights reversed.----------------------------------------------------------------------- TO THE MEMORY OF JUDY-LYNN DEL REY, EDITOR EXTRAORDINARY, WHO BOUGHT THIS BOOK FOR ONE DOLLAR- BUT NEVER KNEW IF SHE GOT HER MONEY'S WORTH Author's Note Just as 2010: Odyssey Two was not a direct sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, so this book is not a linear sequel to 201 Developments since Stanley Kubrick suggested in 1964 (five years before men landed on the Moon!) that we should atte Galileo would have dropped a probe into the Jovian atmosphere, while spending almost two years visiting all the major s Alas, the Challenger tragedy eliminated that scenario I have decided not to wait. Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 1987 I THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN 1 The Frozen Years 'For a man of seventy, you're in extremely good shape,' remarked Dr Glazunov, looking up from the Medcom's final print 'Happy to hear it, Oleg. Especially as I'm a hundred and three - as you know perfectly well.' 'Here we go again! Anyone would think you've never read Professor Rudenko's book.' Sheet1 Page 2 'Dear old Katerina! We'd planned a get-together on her hundredth birthday. I was so sorry she never made it - that's wha 'Ironic, since she was the one who coined that famous slogan "Gravity is the bringer of old age."' Dr Heywood Floyd stared thoughtfully at the ever-changing panorama of the beautiful planet, only six thousand kilometre He had been back on Earth only a week when, despite all the warnings and his own determination that nothing of the so That had been in 2015. And now - he could not really believe it, but there was the calendar on the wall - it was 2061. For Heywood Floyd, the biological clock had not merely been slowed down by the one-sixth Earth gravity of the hospital 'So you really think it's safe for me to go?' 'Nothing in this Universe is safe, Heywood. All I can say is that there are no physiological objections. After all, your enviro It was the verdict that Floyd had hoped for, yet somehow his pleasure was alloyed with sadness. He would be away for w Yet that, perhaps, was exactly what he was seeking - even at a hundred and three (or, according to the complex geriatric Despite all the exciting projects now in progress around the Solar System - the Mars Renewal, the establishment of the M Life piled on life Were all too little, and of one of me Little remains From that eternal silence, something more, A bringer of new things: and vile it were For some three suns to store and hoard myself, And this grey spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.Beyond the utmost bound of human thought....
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