If the Heat Shield Failed

from 2010: Odyssey Two (1982) by Arthur C. ClarkeRating: 3.3     (29 ratings)

But that would never happen. If the heat shield failed, the ship would crumple instantly, hammered flat by a solid wall of gas. There would be no pain; his nervous system would not have time to react before it ceased to exist. He had experienced more consoling thoughts, but this one was not to be despised.

- Dr. Heywood R. Floyd

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2010: Odyssey Two