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3001: The Final Odyssey [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Arthur C. Clarke
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June 1997 0783881908 978-0783881904 Lrg
Science FictionLarge Print EditionThis novel is a must read for those who have followed the saga so far. Publishers Weekly* A New York Times Bestseller* A Literary Guild Alternate Selection* A Doubleday Book Club Alternate Selection* A Science Fiction Book Club Main SelectionAt the dawn of the fourth millennium, the frozen body of astronaut Frank Poole, adrift in its spacesuit after having been killed by the computer HAL in 2001, is restored to life and readied to resume the voyage that HAL had abruptly terminated a thousand years before. As we hurtle through the new millennium in real time, Arthur C. Clarke daringly leaps one thousand years into the future to bring the greatest science fiction series of all time to its magnificent, stunning conclusion.

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In this fourth and final book in a 30-year publishing odyssey (following 2001, 2010, and 2061), 2001 astronaut Frank Poole, presumed dead and adrift in deep space near Jupiter, is recovered alive in the year 3001. Intent on saving humanity, he returns to Jupiter's satellite, Europa, to contact partner Dave Bowman, whose mind has become absorbed by a third monolith. Unfortunately, Clarke uses this book as a vehicle to showcase scientific ideas and breakthroughs at the expense of the story, spending too much time catching up Poole on what he's missed in the last 1000 years while failing to develop fully the current situation and rushing the conclusion. Recommended only to complete the quartet.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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At the opening of the third millennium, humanity is spreading --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars just read the first book Oct. 3 2012
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This is definitely a sequel that you can skip. There is nothing much that this book adds. Just some social criticism embedded in relatively poor quality dialogues. It is kind of nice how the author sees the potential development of the human race, but there are not many other good moments in the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book I've ever read Aug. 31 2001
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The reason science-fiction exists is largely to comment on modern issues by placing them in a sci-fi context (well, that and the neat-o laser guns), but this book goes so overboard. There really isn't any story, David Poole's character isn't memorable enough to be even a cliche, the science is foolish. Instead it's mostly David Poole wandering around what Mr. Clarke considers to be a utopia. Basically it's an excuse for Mr. Clarke to deliver self-righteous sermons about the 20th century, that are unfailingly childish and annoying.
For example, nobody in the future is religious, they even shrink from the mention of god. The reason why is because a past pope released secret church documents on the cruelties of the Spanish Inquisition. People around the world were so shocked at the hypocricy that they simultaneously gave up on religion. I remember another utopia of Clarke's in Childhood's End, where racial difficulties were ended by black people being commonly referred to with a certain racial epithet, but not complaining about it. Both these examples are childish, offensive, and don't even make any sense - how did they make it past an editor?
I read this book because I enjoyed the author when I was very young. Now I know better, and believe this to be the worst book I've ever read, by an author who has no real talents other than milking his association with Stanley Kubrick's 2001.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Skip it Sept. 16 2011
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If Arthur C. Clarke had ended his 2001 series as a trilogy with the fine 2061: Odyssey 3, I would have been OK with that. I say that now. I didn't say that then. Then, I desperately wanted to know what happened next. Now, I'd rather forget.

I pre-ordered this book many, many years ago thanks to a coupon I found inside my PC game Rama. That's how much of a diehard fan I was. (The book still arrived weeks after it was released!) I read The Final Odyssey in three days, three days of waiting for something monumental to happen. When it finally did, it was a "that's it?" moment. I said to my friends, "I think Clarke's lost it. I think it's time to retire." They advised me to write him a fan letter expressing my disappointment with his Final Odyssey. I said no. Why put the man through that?

(I will first let you know that, like previous installments such as 3001, Clarke has ret-conned certain events so they no longer happen when they originally did. Since, when he wrote the book, it was obvious we wouldn't have a moon mission in 2001, he pushed all dates further into the future.)

In 3001, the origin of the monoliths is finally clarified. They were planted here by a spacefaring species who promote intelligence everywhere, in the hopes of improving the odds of survival. We pretty much knew this from previous books. We did not need this spelled out. However, the monoliths are machines, and as such, they can break down.

Millions of years later, the corpse of Frank Poole (from the first book) is discovered and brought back to life. Yes, in the countless empty cubic parsecs of space, they found a needle in the haystack. If you can swallow that tale, then bringing a 1000 year old cadaver back to life shouldn't be a stretch.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Space Oddessy 3001 Dec 28 2010
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I bought this book for my 17 yr old son who has read all the previous books in the series. He loved the others but tells me this one wasn't as good. In his opinion it didn't have the magic of the ones that came before it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In with a bang out with a whimper. June 18 2009
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This book is kind of boring. Some spots were kind of interesting, but i read most of it on auto pilot. There is not a whole lot that happens, and the grande finale wasn't close to the scale of 2001 or 2010. This series should have stopped at 2001 in all honesty. This series came in with a bang and out with a whimper. I think i expected alot more from the ending of such a unique and imaginative series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conclusion of a Space Odyssey July 14 2004
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I recently finished Arthur C. Clarke's 3001: THE FINAL ODYSSEY. Like all of Clarke's later books, 3001 was very entertaining and also thought-provoking. This volume completes Clarke's speculative series. Each book stands alone in its time line but are related by common themes. They are really four versions of one story each told from a different point in the story. For instance, in 2010, Jupiter becomes a sun that burns for thousands of years. In 2061, the Jupiter-Sun burns out. In 3001 the Jupiter-Sun is still burning brightly.
Frank Poole's body has been found drifting in space and then revived. The last thing Poole remembers is being on a mission to Jupiter. Now he finds himself in a world a thousand years later. The ban keeping humanity away from Europa is still in effect. Because of Poole's relationship with Bowman, it is suggested that he might be able to land on Europa. Poole tries and is successful. He is contacted by what was Bowman. Later, in another contact Bowman brings distressing news. The nearest center of the intelligence that created the Monoliths is about 450 light-years away. That means that the events of 2001 have made it there, a decision has been reached and the answer is almost here. Bowman also knows of a link between the Monolith makers and a nova that has been puzzling scientists. It appears that a planet exploded and that triggered the nova. A similar fate might be in store for humanity. The forces of Earth, aided buy Halman (Bowman and HAL), put together a plan to survive. The most destructive computer viruses ever devised will be fed into the Monolith by Halman. The plan proves to be successful.
3001 is billed at the final Odyssey but it really opens up more questions than it answers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Long on future talk. Short on plot
I will admit, I haven't read the books 2001 or 2010, but with the release of 3001, I decided I would give Arthur Clarke a try. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Kaj G. Trapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and excellent sequel!
A very unusual book for a sequel. 3001 is a very quick read and has some Arthur C. Clarke touch of 2001. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by J. Connor
1.0 out of 5 stars How does anyone get away with...
Yes, the plot is thin. Yes, the characterization is feeble at best. Yes, his philosophical and social commentary is hardly argued. I can deal with all that. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Brooks Reeves
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as 2001 and 2061, but...
For me, the compelling story of Franke Pool, long believed to be dead, being resurrected and communicating with the evolved consciousness of Dave Bowman within the monolith was... Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Jerry
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugggggggghhhh!
3001 attempts to explain much of what has happened since 2001, a book whos' lack of explantation made it so popular to me. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Stan
1.0 out of 5 stars did he really write Childhood's End and 2001?
It's hard to believe this is the same author that wrote those two masterpieces! In 3001, there is hardly any plot. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Eric J. Wohnlich
1.0 out of 5 stars hard to believe he wrote 2001 and Childhood's End
First of all, there is hardly any plot. This would be fine with my if the philosophically aspects were intriguing... but they're not. Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Eric J. Wohnlich
4.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't the best, but it was still good.
It explained alot and I liked it.
Published on March 9 2004
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