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Clarke, while never uninteresting, long ago abandoned drama; here, he simply reports, with the dispassionate precision of HAL before he went bananas.
"A fascinating picture of our future: cities atop needlelike towers that extend into space, the colonization of Venus, the pacification of humanity, and the abolition of religion."
"Science-fiction master Arthur C. Clarke has taken generations of readers to the far and lonely reaches of the universe."
Posted November 22, 2005
Posted April 13, 2000
As a big Arthur C. Clarke fan - he and Stanislaw Lem are my favorite sci-fi authors - I do agree with many reviews that 3001 is not on a par with his classics. Yet I found the book engaging, witty, and intelligent all the way through, especially ACC's visions of our scientific future. Space elevators all the way! It all could have been done with more drama, though. Admittedly, there are some oddities here. ACC's too-frequent commentaries on contemporary issues and events, particularly his anti-religious ragings, are distracting. The sinister motives of the monolith-builders, and the effect our computer viruses could have on a monolith, are a little odd. The monolith-builders' sudden restriction to speed-of-light travel is a puzzle. But for anyone who has followed the monumental 2001 series, how can they miss the conclusion? There is plenty of the Clarke magic(but no mysticism!) here to please his fans. And my worries about Frank Poole are finally over!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.