2061: Odyssey Three (Space Odyssey Series #3)

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Arthur C. Clark, creator of one of the world's best-loved science fiction tales, revisits the most famous future ever imagined in this NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, as two expeditions into space become inextricably tangled. Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monloiths, must again confront Dave Bowman, HAL, and an alien race that has decided ...
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Overview

Arthur C. Clark, creator of one of the world's best-loved science fiction tales, revisits the most famous future ever imagined in this NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, as two expeditions into space become inextricably tangled. Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monloiths, must again confront Dave Bowman, HAL, and an alien race that has decided that Mankind is to play a part in the evolution of the galaxy whether it wishes to or not.


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In 2061, Heywood Floyd must once again confront Dave Bowman, a newly independent HAL, and the limitless power of an unseen alien race that has decided that Mankind is to play a role in the evolution of the galaxy--whether it wants to or not. Continuing the spellbinding excitement begun in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Editorial Reviews

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Fifty years after the alien message forbidding humans to approach the moon Europa, an expedition to Halley's Comet is forced to violate the prohibition in the name of mercy. Though lacking the lyrical prose of The Songs of Distant Earth , Clarke's latest addition to the story begun in 2001: a space odyssey will entertain fans of the ``black monolith.'' For large sf collections. JC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345358790
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1989
  • Series: Space Odyssey Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 246,124
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke has long been considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time. He was an international treasure in many other ways, including the fact that a 1945 article by him led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Clarke -- both fiction and nonfiction -- have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide. He died in 2008.

Biography

Widely considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time, Arthur C. Clarke turned his formidable technical knowledge and lively creative imagination into an amazing career that spanned the fields of literature, invention, futurology, and entertainment.

Born in 1917 in the seaside town of Minehad in Somerset, England, Clarke developed an early interest in both science and its literary sister, speculative science fiction. After secondary school he moved to London and joined the British Interplanetary Society, where he contributed articles to the Society's bulletin. During WWII, he joined the RAF, working in the experimental trials of Ground Controlled Approach Radar, the forerunner of today's air traffic control systems. (This experience inspired his only non-science fiction novel, 1963's Glide Path.) In a technical paper written in 1945 for the UK periodical Wireless World, he set out the principles of satellite communication that would lead to the global satellite systems in use today.

After WWII, he attended King's College, London, on scholarship and received first class honors in Physics and Mathematics. He sold his first sci-fi story to Astounding Science Fiction magazine in May of 1946. From that point on, he never stopped writing. Some of his more notable works include Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama, and The Fountains of Paradise.

In 1964, Clarke was approached by film auteur Stanley Kubrick to collaborate on a science fiction movie script. The material chosen for adaptation was Clarke's 1948 short story "The Sentinel," an eerie tale about the discovery of an extraterrestrial artifact. Over the next four years, he expanded the story into a full-length novel, while simultaneously writing the screenplay with Kubrick. In 1968, both versions of 2001: A Space Odyssey debuted to great acclaim. Clarke also worked in television -- as a consultant during the CBS news coverage of the Apollo 12 and 15 space missions and as creator of two distinguished series, "Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World" and "Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers."

In 1954, Clarke visited Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon). He fell in love with the country and settled there in 1956, founding a guided diving service and continuing to produce his astonishing books and articles. On March 19, 2008, he died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90, leaving behind an impressive literary legacy and millions of bereft fans.

Good To Know

Clarke shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Clarke was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998.

In 1986, the Science Fiction Writers of America bestowed on Clarke the title of Grand Master.

At home in Sri Lanka, Clarke survived the deadly Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 that caused the deaths of more than a quarter million people.

Clarke was an expert scuba diver and in 1956 founded a guided diving service in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon.

In Profiles of the Future (1962), Clarke set forth his "Three Laws," provocative observations on science, science fiction, and society:

  • "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."
  • "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."
  • "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
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      1. Date of Birth:
        December 16, 1917
      2. Place of Birth:
        Minehead, Somerset, England
      1. Date of Death:
        March 19, 2008
      2. Place of Death:
        Sri Lanka
      1. Education:
        1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

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    • Posted February 9, 2013

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      This is not a great book. It's really more of an extended novell

      This is not a great book. It's really more of an extended novella or perhaps part one of Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey finale, "3001". This story has none of the depth, nuance or scale of Clarke's classic original, "2001" nor its solid follow up "2010". 




      Clarke creates two focal points 60 years after modern man first comes across The Monolith buried deeply beneath the surface of the moon. One story thread follows Dr. Heywood Floyd, a centenarian whose medical condition forces him to live full time off-Earth. He's been asked to join a scientific mission to land on Halley's comet that's making its regularly scheduled swing near Earth. In parallel, Clarke explores the growth and evolution of the former Jovian moon, and nascent planet, Europa. Surrounding these dual tales is a weak mystery with weaker intrigue that ultimately brings the two threads together.




      Clarke is at his best when speculating on a future culture enormously affected by the events in the first two books of the series. Equally as strong is Clarke's evolutionary ruminations on the biological progression of life on Europa - formerly an ice-harden snowball orbiting Jupiter, but instantly transformed when a billion billion monoliths exploded within Jupiter and transformed it into Lucifer, an intra solar system star (at the conclusion of "2010"). 




      "2061" isn't a bad book, it's just bland. I've enjoyed the narrative development that began in the wonderfully broad and subtle "2001", and continued in “2010” which smartly built on the myth of The Monolith and its creators. “2061” provides a glimpse at the intervening years and sets expectations and builds anticipation of the finale. As a stand-alone, however, there’s just not much 'there'.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 14, 2011

      Definitely recommended

      I did not know after all these years that this book was even written. So I purchased a DVD of 2001, 2010, and the book-3001-along with this book-2061. Even tho I had seen these two older movies before, they were new all over again. My young grandchildren watched those two movies, along with some of the older ones. They were still fascinated even tho they have seen so much about space travel already in our day and age. The books were ahead of their time. It is still relevant to read them today for the ideas in them are still way into the future. Be sure to also read 3001, and do not miss the information at the end of the book. And do not read that information first. It is quite a revelation.

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    • Posted February 20, 2010

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      A fine edition to any Arthur C. Clarke Collection

      I had all of the other books in the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey series, beginning with 2001 to 3001, but I didn't have this one. I read the book years ago, and I decided to add it to my personal collection. This book tells readers about what happened after the events of the previous novel 2010, and re-visits a few familiar characters.

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    • Posted November 11, 2009

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      Old People Rule

      I didn't even know that Sir Clarke had written 2061 Odyssey Three until I went to look for 3001: The Final Odyssey. As it turns out it wasn't a memorable book.

      I think as Sir Clarke got older himself, he became more of a fan of old characters. Heywood Floyd is really just having a pretty good time getting used to being older than everyone else. He pushed the limits of what he can do and has some fun. In a way this is a bit novel for Sir Clarke based upon other books I've by him. In books like Rendezvous with Rama his characters all seemed two dimension. They were present and acting, but they didn't seem to any real depth to them. This book spends some time to develop Heywood Floyd as a person. However, the plot is a bit thin and then the book is over.

      If you are like me and you have to read every book in a series then you've got to read this one before 3001: The Final Odyssey. However, if you are looking for something to read tonight I wouldn't start with this one.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 24, 2007

      Not What You'd Expect

      Two separate missions. One inevitable confrontation. In a distant future where man has finally left his Earthen cradle, Floyd is on his last great adventure as an aged and wisened man. In a race against time to aid a stranded crew on a planet known for its ice, he unknowingly rushes into the waiting arms of an old entity. Though the plot seems intriging, do not expect Dave Bowman's performance to be significant. Still, read it, for the sake of the story, and in preparation for one last romp around the galaxy: 3001

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 17, 2006

      Letdown

      If you're expecting the continuation of the whole monolith-Dave Bowman theme, skip the first 250 pages (and that's not good considering the book is only 268 pages long). 95 percent of the novel isn't relevant to anything, other than Clarke writing out some daydream about going to Haley's Comet, and forgetting along the way that he's writing a sequel to 2010. Character development is poor at best, and I didn't really care what happened to any of them. The last few chapters are interesting, though, and sets the stage for 3001. I just hope 3001 isn't as disappointing.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 22, 2005

      good book, kinda dissapointing

      this book was good, but not nearly good as 2001 or 2010 i frankly think that the thing with halley's comet was lame. too simple of a storyline.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 30, 2005

      Bland follow-up to 2001, 2010

      The first thing you should know about 2061 is that it was published in 1987 in the midst of Halley's Comet Fever (2061 marks the comet's next visit). A deep space trip to visit, land on, and explore Halley's Comet is cut short when a sister ship is spacejacked and forced to land on the forbidden Jovian world of Europa, perhaps to investigate the mysterious Mount Zeus that appeared virtually overnight. If you are confused, you will need to read (or re-read) 2010 before you start this book, which uses the 2001 universe as its setting, yet frustratingly provides very little in terms of advancing the overall plot. Most of the book focuses on the aging Heywood Floyd (2010's protagonist) who is a passenger on the comet voyage, his grandson Christopher who is a crew member on the Europa-marooned spacecraft, the exploration of Halley's Comet, and the life that has developed on Europa in the prior 51 years. Dave Bowman, the monolith, and HAL all make very brief appearances near the end, but nothing happens. As a fan of the first two books I was disappointed and frustrated. Hopefully 3001 (the series finale) will deliver where 2061 stumbles.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 7, 2002

      Pretty good, but previous Odyssey's were better

      I read this book also having high expectations. This year I have read 2001 and found it to be much more enjoyable than the movie. Then I read 2010 after seeing its movie, and really like it as well. I read 2061 and liked it, but I wish there was a bit more monolith stuff in it, or more of the mysterious aliens and some more fantastic revelation. The book was good, but dull in some places. The trip to Halley's Comet, though interesting, served as nothing more than a reason to keep Universe from having to go back to Earth to refuel. But the material near the end, with the half buried monolith, Mount Zeus, and the deserted city was pretty cool. And the last part with the revelation by Hal and Dave Bowman was very short, but made the book worth reading for me. I'm moving on to 3001....

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