3001: The Final Odyssey Hardcover – Large Print, Jun 1997
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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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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.Read more ›
The book begins with the discovery of the body of astronaut Frank Poole in deep space, where he is still alive after a thousand years. He is revived, and the story largely revolves around his attempts to acclimate to a new society. This gives Clarke the opportunity to make some predictions about the future course of social and technical advancement, most notably the near abolition of religion. While such a situation is of interest, the real point is to reach some understanding concerning the purpose of the monoliths, and that is just not covered.
I read the book because I felt the need to complete the series. However, it lacks the drama and mystique of the previous books, even the social commentary is not up to Clarke’s previous high standards.
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.Read more ›
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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 13 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