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2061: Odyssey Three [Paperback]

Arthur C. Clarke
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Feb. 25 1997
Arthur C. Clark, creator of one of the world's best-loved science fiction tales, revisits the most famous future ever imagined in this NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, as two expeditions into space become inextricably tangled. Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monloiths, must again confront Dave Bowman, HAL, and an alien race that has decided that Mankind is to play a part in the evolution of the galaxy whether it wishes to or not.

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Fifty years after the alien message forbidding humans to approach the moon Europa, an expedition to Halley's Comet is forced to violate the prohibition in the name of mercy. Though lacking the lyrical prose of The Songs of Distant Earth , Clarke's latest addition to the story begun in 2001: a space odyssey will entertain fans of the "black monolith." For large sf collections. JC
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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics '2001, A Space Odyssey', 'Childhood's End', 'The City and the Stars' and 'Rendezvous With Rama'. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He passed away in March 2008. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Second sequel to 2001. July 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Though this sequel does not compare to Arthur C. Clarke's original, 2061 offers much suspense and some enjoyment throughout. Our 7th grade class was told to read this for a Language Arts assignment. An average read, but very slow to finish. The story is about Heywood Floyd, now 101 years old in earth years, who has volunteered to ship aboard a spacecraft traveling to Halley's Comet. In his way, Floyd is embroiled in solving the mystery of a freak landing on Europa by the ill fated spacecraft "Galaxy". His son, Chris, also percieves to investigate the emergency, since nobody has landed on Europa since the warning in 2010. Heywood Floyd attempts to contact Dave Bowman for desperate advice. The result is very climactic with the monoliths and the Great Wall.
A slow paced novel, though a nice entry by Clarke. Takes a long time for the story to get going, the first 5 chapters or so. Do not read this before 2001 or 2010. Worth the very low price, which is about a dollar! The story has a nice twist, and Floyd meets an interesting fate here. Recommended for hardcore fans of Arthur C. Clarke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scientific and mundane awe -- An excellent book! Aug. 30 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
2061 is one of my favorite science fiction books. I love the way it goes into technical detail. (If you know of science fiction that has more technical detail, please e-mail it to me!)
This book had potential to degenerate into a horror book. It didn't take that route, and for me that made it more eerie. You need to suspend disbelief for this book. In real life humankind has not had any widely observed direct evidence of extraterrestrial life or a "creator". In this book series, humanity finds such evidence... when Jupiter becomes a small star and the Discovery's computer sends a mysterious message calling for humans to make peace and granting humans permission to explore the solar system with the exception of Europa-- no other commandments or explanations. Humankind knows it's powerless against something that could create a star, and so it obeys the monolith's laconic directives.
Imagine the scene at the end of the movie 2010. We are shown that Euopa is changing thanks to Jupiter having been turned into a sun. We see water an plant life. In the distance we hear movement. Could animal life have developed? Although it looks like a swamp, we know the atmosphere is mostly methane-- the environment is nothing like anything on Earth. Then we see the monolith silently towering over the swamp, influencing it perhaps as it influenced Earth a billion years ago. Now for 50 years human kind has diffidently avoided Europa. There has been no further activity associated with the monolith. They have tired to observe from a distance, but clouds of vapor resulting from the heat of Jupiter obscure Europa most of the time. Humans are getting more and more daring about how close to Europa they venture. In this book, humans decide to risk sending down a probe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read, but buy 3001 as well . . . July 15 2002
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I bought this book because I was interested in following the saga of David Bowman, Heywood Floys and HAL beyond what was available in the movies.
It is 50 years after Jupiter has imploded and people live in a highly technological world where the Chinese space program sets the standard. A mishap in space, followed by starnge events leads us on an unforgettable adventure where we begin to learn what the monolith's peurpose is.
The reason I state that you should also buy 3001, is that this book, while important to the story, does not provide the answers to the monolith's mission, but serves as pre-text to the final story where everything is revealed. While I am not an enormous sci-fi fan, I truly enjoyed Clarke's description of the future.
If you are looking for closure, read the last two books, it is a wild ride, very informative and in the end everything will beceom a whole lot clearer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not his best June 6 2004
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Overall, the book really isn't that bad. However, when stacked up against such an ingenius work as 2001, it is extremely paled. Here we are not taken on a wild ride in which the very limits of our minds are expanded, such as I experienced with 2001 and Childhood's End. There are no incredible shockers in the plot (just one big secret that I think Clarke gave away too early). Also, this isn't so much Clarke's fault as the editor's, but I noticed a lot of grammar and spelling errors in the text. Really, if I can catch so many on the first read, I don't see how an editor could have missed it. Did they not read over the book before it was published?
All this being said, I think 2061 lacks the material to be a really astonishing masterpiece (which I have taken for granted with Clarke) but not does not really make it a bad book. I thought Clarke made some interesting notes about human scientific and social prospects. The plot was fairly intriguing as well. It's just that I expect more from Clarke...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lucy is here. I repeat Lucy is here. March 14 2002
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Before I read 2061, I read all the reviews of it here. And they made me believe that I was about to read a horrible, horrible book. But, since it is an Odyssey book, I figured "why not?" and I bought it used for 70 cents. 2061 is not a great book. It is no where near as good as 2010 or 2001. However, it is not a horrible book either. It probably seemed a lot better to me than it does for most, because I was planning on reading the worst book ever written. It tells the story of Heywood Floyd, who is now 103 years old, and other "celebrities" who go on a luxury "cruise" ship, the Universe, to Halley`s Comet. However, while they`re there, Galaxy, Universe`s sister ship, crashes onto the forbidden moon of Europa, who has suddenly seen the birth of a giant mountain.... While 2061 does not continue the story of monoliths and the Star Child as well as 2010 did, it has a fun story of its own. And don`t wait for the Dave Bowman or Hal to appear. We don`t actually see them until the very last chapter. The ending, in my opinion, was very well done. However, it sets you up for something great to happen, but, from what I`ve heard, only leads to dissapointment. What I don`t get about the book is that people on board Universe all remember the Star Wars movies, but no one remembers the Beatles, although the book itself will bring a nice, little grin to any Beatles fan reading it. Overall, I`d have to say that 2061 is a fun little book that is at least worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, Greater Imagination!!
As I said before... I am a total addict of Mr. Clarke's stories. I forgot to eat and sleep. All his stories are spellbinding and very imaginative. I LOVE IT. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Renate D
5.0 out of 5 stars The middle child of a great quartet !
I really enjoyed the book, it is a story wich is a little disconnected from the original story of the monolith, but it sets an awsome mood and tells a fantastic story in a clever... Read more
Published 16 months ago by J.D.
2.0 out of 5 stars just read the first book
No need for this sequel. It doesn't add anything to the understanding of the monolith builders or what their way of working is. Minor insight into Bowman entity. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Juan Pablo Cruz Quiroga
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as some people say, but it still doesn't live up to the...
This book was okay. I enjoyed it for what it was. I would suggest this for anyone who enjoys Arthur C Clarkes previous work. Read more
Published on June 12 2009 by Reads bookman
5.0 out of 5 stars Now we get to learn about life on Europa!
This book is a great extension from the others in regards to the "great monolith" and the unseen-but-advanced race that keeps getting Heywood Floyd and humanity in... Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Eric
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical downward spiral from Clarke
This series is SOOOO typical of Clarke. He astounds us with a mind-blowing idea then, because of his inability to develop characters with which we can identify, he must rely on... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Avid Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Good adventure, but not much added to the trilogy
It was a bit odd that the first trip to the Halley comet (the reason why the story is in 2061) was in a space ship full of tourits instead of astronauts, but it was interesting... Read more
Published on May 10 2003 by Fernando
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Especially If You Made It This Far
I loved the first one, liked the second and really thought this one would finally get to answering the questions floating around after the first two books, not so. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2003 by D. Hansen
2.0 out of 5 stars 300-Page Segue
That's about all 2061 is: a nearly 300-page segue into the next book in the series and not enough to make a novel on its own. 2001 is a classic and a pretty good read. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2002 by g4cube
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