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3001: The Final Odyssey Hardcover – Large Print, Jun 1997


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: G K Hall & Co; Lrg edition (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0783881908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0783881904
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on June 22 2004
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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 just too good to pass up. I've added it to: Stranger in a Strange Land", "Puppet Masters", "Foundation", "2001", "2010", "Rendezvous with Rama", "Ringworld", all the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" books, as well as books as new to the genre as "Advent of the Corps" and others.
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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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"The Lost Worlds of 2001", is filled with intriguing scenarios--the book is a collection of story elements that Clarke developed at the behest of Stanley kubrick, which were discarded or modified in the development of the film 2001. But "Lost Worlds", as well as the novelization of "2001", pale in comparison to Stanley Kubrick's film version. The film realizes all the potential of the sci fi genre. It is one of a mere handful of sci fi works that can also be certified as high art. Meanwhile, Clarke's books, though brilliant in parts, reveal many of the foibles and pratfalls into which the genre can lapse. The novelization of "2001" spells out, often comically, what is left unspoken or ambiguous in the film. "2010" is built around an intriguing premise, and indeed has turned out to be almost prophetic in many ways, particularly in Clarke's speculations about the moon Europa. But the book also further demystifies the monolith and the civilization behind it. Furthermore, the plot is held together by a string of frankly hard-to-swallow coincidences, e.g., the arrival of the U.S./Russian mission at Jupiter at the precise time when the TMA-aliens have decided to turn the planet into a "mini-sun"--let's remember, they've supposedly been in the solar system for 4 million years. I would have thought "2061" represented the final chapter in the deconstruction of the film's mythic enigma, but then along comes "3001", bringing the series to a new low. The book comes off as a conceptual grab-bag: petabytes, terabytes, atheism, clitorodectomy, space elevators. Clarke is entitled to his religious position, of course, but his atheist agenda often drags down his work.Read more ›
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Well here we are again with the last installment of a once promising series that lost its way and descended into ennui. Who could forget the fantabulous 2001 or the almost as good 2010. Somehow the literary aspects of the series seem to decline as the plot advances. Gone is the initial sense of wonder and mystery; never present is interesting character development.
This last gasp seems to try but the old spark is gone. Clark again tries to give us his vision of a glorious future rampant with technology and neat doohickies. But the real story is the tale of the monoliths and how we must desperately tell the makers of same that we are not the backwards race they may have originally considered us to be. Otherwise they might do bad things to us.
Which begs the question - why in the world would an intelligent lifeform send the monoliths to uncivilized worlds and expect a progressive civilization of harmony and peace? That question, like many others, is never raised much less answered. All in all, I am glad Clarke wrote the series but a more visionary 2061 and a more literal 3001 would have been a major accomplishment.
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