In 1968, Arthur C. Clarkes best-selling 2001: A Space Odyssey captivated the worldand was adapted into a now-classic film by Stanley Kubrick. Fans had to wait fourteen years for the sequelbut when it came out, it was an instant hit, winning the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1983. Nine years after the ill-fated Discovery One mission to Jupiter, a joint Soviet-American crew travels to the planet to investigate the mysterious monolith orbiting the planet, the cause of the earlier missions failureand the disappearance of David Bowman. The crew includes Heywood Floyd, the lone survivor from the previous mission, and Dr. Chandra, the creator of HAL. What they find is no less than an unsettling alien conspiracysurrounding the evolutionary fate of indigenous life forms on Jupiters moon Europa, as well as that of the human species itself. A gripping continuation of the beloved Odyssey universe, 2010: Odyssey II is science-fiction storytelling at its best. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Clarke is widely revered as one of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century, esteemed alongside Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, a trio known informally as the "e;Big Three."e; Before his death in 2008, he authored more than 100 novels, novellas, and short story collections and laid the groundwork for science fiction as we know it today. Combining scientific knowledge and visionary literary aptitude, Clarkes work explored the implications of major scientific discoveries in astonishingly inventive and mystical settings. Clarkes short stories and novels have won numerous Hugo and Nebula Awards, have been translated into more than 30 languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Several of his books, including 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: Odyssey II, have been adapted into films that still stand as classic examples of the genre. Without a doubt, Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important voices in contemporary science fiction literature.