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Forewords In this special introduction written by the author, Arthur C. Clarke reflects on the state of human space exploration ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 1–2 Part 1 of the novel is titled "Primeval Night" because it takes place in an evolutionary age after the time of dinosau... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 3–4 Moon-Watcher and his tribe do not recall the incident with the New Rock, and since it is not food, they ignore it the ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 5–6 At dawn, as Moon-Watcher and his people arrive at the river, something is different. The New Rock is gone. The tribe h... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 7–8 Part 2 of the novel is called "TMA-1," which stands for Tycho Magnetic Anomaly-One, the classified name given to the v... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 9–10 With Earth visible outside an observation window, the two scientists exchange pleasantries. Dr. Moisevitch then asks D... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 11–12 Halverson and Floyd attend a briefing. Dr. Floyd thanks everyone for gracefully enduring the media blackout that has b... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 13–14 At the TMA-1 site, Dr. Floyd dons a spacesuit and accompanies Dr. Michaels out onto the moon's surface. The sun slowly... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 15–16 Part 3 of the novel called "Between Planets" relates the journey of the Discovery to Saturn. On board the spacec... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 17–18 As Discovery speeds through space, Poole and Bowman alternate duty on a 12-hour shift schedule. Routine tasks occupy t... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 19–20 Bowman uses the ship's instruments to observe Jupiter, though it is still far away. Discovery sends data about Jupiter... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 21–22 Part 4 is called "Abyss" because in it, four of the crew members end up floating—dead—through space, and David Bowman ... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 23–24 Back inside the two men test the old AE-35 unit, finding it to be working fine. They speculate about what could have g... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 25–26 Poole goes back outside Discovery to bring the AE-35 unit in for testing. When he reaches the unit, he finds that one ... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 27–28 The narrator explains that Hal was made for one purpose—to complete the mission—and so the mission has become an obses... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 29–30 Discovery speeds along. Bowman ejects the bodies of the dead crew members into space and repairs an antenna. He manage... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 31–32 Part 5 is set at the Discovery mission's destination and is thus called "The Moons of Saturn." Bowman works to r... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 33–34 Alone on Discovery, David Bowman settles into a routine, but he still finds time to think about the ultimate goal of h... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 35–36 Bowman thinks the bright spot of Japetus looks like a giant eye, and as he gets closer the eye even seems to have a pu... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 37–38 The narrator explains that the Japetus monolith was placed there 3,000,000 years ago by an intelligent race that had l... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 39–40 Bowman approaches the monolith, transmitting continuously to Earth. Suddenly the monolith appears to recede from him a... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 41–42 Part 6 is called "Through the Star Gate" because it tells of Bowman's experiences after passing through the monolith o... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 43–44 Bowman continues to watch the white dwarf star and the red sun and even observes what looks like bright points of ligh... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 45–46 Bowman sleeps, and the hotel surroundings "dissolved back into the mind of its creator." This being then invades Bowma... Read More
Part 6, Chapter 47 Floating above Earth, Bowman—the Star-Child—notices that a nuclear bomb orbiting Earth has been activated. He reaches ou... Read More
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