2061: Odyssey Three Paperback – Feb 25 1997
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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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About the Author
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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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.
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...
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.Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on July 25 2013 by Renate D
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 morePublished on May 17 2013 by J.D.
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 morePublished on Oct. 3 2012 by Juan Pablo Cruz Quiroga
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 morePublished on June 18 2004 by Eric
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 morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Avid Reader
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 morePublished on May 10 2003 by Fernando
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 morePublished on Jan. 2 2003 by D. Hansen