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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 (284 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on 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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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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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 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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"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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