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- Navigate Here - Context Character List Analysis of Major Character Themes Motifs and Symbols Part One Chapters 1 6 Part Two Chapters 7 14 Part Three Chapters 15 20 Parts Three and Four Chapters 21 24 Part Four Chapters 25 30 Part Five Chapters 31 40 Part Six Chapters 41 47 Important Quotations Explained Key Facts Study Questions and Essay Topics Quiz Suggestions for Further Reading Summary Edition 17 Summary The man-apes of the world who lived by gathering berries and nuts were facing a lack of food A giant monolith appeared on Earth one day and began to experiment with many of them probing and developing their minds Among those in whom the monolith took an interest was Moon-Watcher the only man-ape who walked fully upright At night a few select man-apes were taught and during the day they innovated Moon-Watcher discovered that he could fashion tools with which to kill animals for sustenancethe man-apes hunger problem was solved Time passed and the man-ape evolved His brain grew he invented language and organized into civilizations and he invented weaponsfirst knives but then guns and finally nuclear missiles Such innovations had been central in mans dominion over earth but as long as they existed he was living on borrowed time Eager to embark on another space mission Dr Heywood Floyd arrived at the Florida launch location after meeting with the president He offered no comment to the press nor would he reveal the details of mission to the crew that served him so faithfully on board or to his Russian friend whom he encounters at the joint US-USSR space station a stop on his journey to the Moon Upon his arrival Floyd is greeted by a top official of the Moon colony and whisked off to a meeting A lead scientist explains that they had found a magnetic disturbance in Tycho one
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