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.