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Clarke, who began this now classic sf series with a short story, 2001: A Space Odyssey (made into an OscarR-winning film in 1968), brings us to the end of that long journey with this work. In 2001, a black monolith brings about the dawn of human consciousness and begins the evolutionary process that transforms ape into man. At the dawn of the 21st century, an identical monolith is uncovered on the moon that points the way to Jupiter. Dave Bowman and Frank Poole, astronauts aboard Discovery, and the computer HAL begin that long voyage. Only Bowman survives to encounter a third monolith on Jupiter's moon Europa. This encounter transformed him into something more and less than human. 3001 begins with the startling discovery of Poole, who is revived after his 1000-year sleep. Awakened into a world he never made, Poole struggles with the inhabitants of the Earth society into which he is reborn. Humans now reside not only on Earth but in awe-inspiring towers that reach beyond the atmosphere. They also have intellectual capabilities never dreamed of in Poole's time. But they live in dread of the three monoliths that dominate the solar system. Poole becomes their last hope for answers to the questions that the enigmatic monoliths pose. Clarke's prose, always grounded in science, has the uncanny ability to inspire a sense of awe. The mystery of the monoliths and their relationship to humanity is finally revealed, as is the transformed nature of Bowman and HAL. This is another fascinating journey by an unparalleled master in the sf world, and while this work is subtitled The Final Odyssey, Clarke does leave the door slightly ajar?maybe we'll be treated to 4001: The New Beginning. Highly recommended.?Roxanna Herrick, Washington Univ. Lib., St. Louis
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Felt like what should have been a short story was stretched into a book. All that nonsense about dragons, flying carpets, etc. avoidable. And the book too is avoidable. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2012 by Juan Pablo Cruz Quiroga
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. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2010 by Lynda de vine
This book is kind of boring. Some spots were kind of interesting, but i read most of it on auto pilot. Read morePublished on June 18 2009 by Reads bookman
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 morePublished on July 19 2004 by Kaj G. Trapp
A very unusual book for a sequel. 3001 is a very quick read and has some Arthur C. Clarke touch of 2001. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by J. Connor
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 morePublished on June 22 2004 by Brooks Reeves
3001 attempts to explain much of what has happened since 2001, a book whos' lack of explantation made it so popular to me. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Stan