By Arthur C. Clarke
1000 years after the Jupiter venture to discover the mysterious Monolith were destroyed, after Dave Bowman used to be remodeled into the megastar baby, Frank Poole drifted in house, frozen and forgotten, leaving the supercomputer HAL inoperable. yet now Poole has lower back to lifestyles, awakening in an international a long way various from the only he left behind--and simply because the Monolith will be stirring once more . . .
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But you've brought back such a vivid memory. We used to have a garden sprinkler – driven round and round by its water jets. What you're planning is the same thing – on a slightly bigger scale… using a whole world…' Suddenly, another image from his past obliterated all else. Poole remembered how, in those hot Arizona days, he and Rikki had loved to chase each other through the clouds of moving mist, from the slowly revolving spray of the garden sprinkler. Captain Chandler was a much more sensitive man than he pretended to be: he knew when it was time to leave.
You may have heard me called an atheist, but that's not quite true. Atheism is unprovable, so uninteresting. Equally, however unlikely it is, we can never be certain that God once existed – and has now shot off to infinity, where no one can ever find him… Like Gautama Buddha, I take no position on this subject. ' 'Psychopathology? ' 'Amply justified by history. Imagine that you're an intelligent extraterrestrial, concerned only with verifiable truths. You discover a species which has divided itself into thousands – no by now millions – of tribal groups holding an incredible variety of beliefs about the origin of the universe and the way to behave in it.
This was the principal reason for establishing Anubis in such an inhospitable spot: the city's foundations were not likely to collapse for at least several centuries. And inside the domes, it was easy to be completely indifferent to the outside world. Poole, when he had mastered the mechanisms of the Bowman Suite, discovered that he had a limited but impressive choice of environments. He could sit beneath palm trees on a Pacific beach, listening to the gentle murmur of the waves – or, if he preferred, the roar of a tropical hurricane.