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3001: The Final Odyssey (Space Odyssey Series #4)

3001: The Final Odyssey (Space Odyssey Series #4)

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by Arthur C. Clarke

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One thousand years after the Jupiter mission to explore the mysterious Monolith had been destroyed, after Dave Bowman was transformed into the Star Child, Frank Poole drifted in space, frozen and forgotten, leaving the supercomputer HAL inoperable. But now Poole has returned to life, awakening in a world far different from the one he left behind--and just as the


One thousand years after the Jupiter mission to explore the mysterious Monolith had been destroyed, after Dave Bowman was transformed into the Star Child, Frank Poole drifted in space, frozen and forgotten, leaving the supercomputer HAL inoperable. But now Poole has returned to life, awakening in a world far different from the one he left behind--and just as the Monolith may be stirring once again. . . .

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"3001: The Final Odyssey has an eerie and compelling plausibility."
--Business Week

"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."
--USA Today

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One thousand years after the ill-fated Jupiter mission of Dave Bowman and Frank Pooke, the mysterious monolith that started it all stirs to life once more...and the ultimate answers may wait. The New York Times-bestselling sequel to the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. A fascinating picture of our future.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Frank Poole was the astronaut murdered by the berserk computer HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. In this third sequel to that classic novel, Poole is returned to life after his frozen body is recovered floating near Neptune. Much of the novel centers on Poole's reentry into society as, in a series of vignettes, he is introduced to the wonders of the year 3001. These include an enormous space habitat completely encircling the Earth and anchored by four gigantic space elevators; velociraptors genetically engineered for use as gardeners; and the braincap, a machine that allows the mind to absorb information almost instantaneously. Halfway through the novel, Poole travels to the former planet Jupiter, now the mini-sun Lucifer. There, he learns about the development, sparked by a mysterious monolith, of a civilization on Europa, about the banning of humanity from that Jovian moon, and about the occasional ghostly visitations of astronaut Dave Bowman (introduced in 2001) to the Lucifer system. Defying the ban, Poole lands on Europa and encounters both Dave and HAL, now fused together into one semi-autonomous program within the Europa monolith. From them, he learns that the monolith's signal broadcast a millennium ago was a request for further orders. He also learns that an answer is expected momentarily and that humanity won't be pleased by the result. It is only at this point that Clarke injects any real tension into his story. Unfortunately, the threat he imagines to humanity's future is dealt with somewhat offhandedly in a mere 30 pages; then the story ends. This novel is a must read for those who have followed the saga so far, but it's too thin to interest those new, or at least unfamiliar with, the series. Major ad/promo; first serial to Playboy; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selection; Science Fiction Book Club main selection; audio rights to Random House Audio; foreign rights sold in the U.K., Spain, Latin America, France, Japan, Brazil, Holland, Italy, Portugal and Sweden. (Mar.)
Library Journal
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 ajarmaybe we'll be treated to 4001: The New Beginning. Highly recommended.Roxanna Herrick, Washington Univ. Lib., St. Louis
Kirkus Reviews
Fourth in Clarke's Odyssey series (2061: Odyssey Three, 1987, etc.). Here, at the beginning of the fourth millennium, the vacuum- frozen body of astronaut Frank Poole (murdered by poor mad computer HAL in the original 2001) is recovered and revived. Frank awakens to find he's a celebrity in an age of peace and plenty, with space elevators, inertia-less space drives, and miraculous teaching devices. Frank visits Jupiter (transformed into the mini-sun Lucifer in 2010: Odyssey Two) and ponders its ice-moon Europa, where a giant monolith is attempting to develop intelligence among the native lifeforms. And he meets that strange entity composed of Star Child Dave Bowman fused with a copy of now-sane HAL. Dubbed Halman by Frank, the entity warns of bad news arriving from the monolith's guiding intelligences 450 light-years distant: They've decided to destroy humankind. Europa's monolith, though, is just a supercomputer, not intelligent or self-aware, so Frank's associates decide to use Halman as a Trojan horse to infect the monolith with an irresistible computer virus—whereupon all the monoliths vanish.

Clarke, while never uninteresting, long ago abandoned drama; here, he simply reports, with the dispassionate precision of HAL before he went bananas.

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Random House Publishing Group
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Space Odyssey Series , #4
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6.86(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.78(d)
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Larry Collins
Arthur C. Clarke's 3001: The Final Odyssey is witty, provocative, and scary. A triumphant reaffirmation of his position as the dean of science fiction writing.
Buzz Aldrin
From the moment I picked it up, I couldn't put it down; 3001: The Final Odyssey is a tour-de-force that finally answers the questions that sparked the imaginations of an entire generation.

Meet the Author

Arthur C. Clarke is considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time and is an international treasure in many other ways, including the fact that an article by him in 1945 led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Mr. Clarke--both fiction and nonfiction--have more than one hundred million copies in print worldwide. He lives in Sri Lanka.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 16, 1917
Date of Death:
March 19, 2008
Place of Birth:
Minehead, Somerset, England
Place of Death:
Sri Lanka
1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

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3001: The Final Odyssey (Space Odyssey Series #4) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not up to par with 2001 stretched things out long prose no action too much filler
janett0 More than 1 year ago
Lords of the galaxy rove at will as energy with no body restraints. Never human they did seek fellowship in the stars with the power they possessed. They encountered life throughout the worlds and watched the faint sparks of intelligence die in the great cosmos. Planting life they valued mind above all. They reaped and weeded life forms dispassionately. Ages had passed as they returned to earth they began to study, catalog and modify the destiny of life forms. Now they set goals of their own, not being immune to the corruptions of time they use memory. Their indifference through science may exclude plans for a future. This well written book endures time and steps into the future with striking insight.
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jrm1992 More than 1 year ago
the less said about this slender paint by numbers book, the better.
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Cynicallycyncial More than 1 year ago
I read 2001 and was blown away. 2010 was a good solid follow-up. 2061 was weaker and 3001 was very weak. The plot takes forever to get going, the characters are average and the conclusion is very disappointing. I feel that Clarke wanted to make money and could throw out any junk to the readers who would then purchase the book. The only saving grace is Heywood Floyd having to deal with the future which was even presented in a "soft" fashion. Lastly, what happens to Bowman and HAL is a joke. Good thing Clarke is dead or he would have been roundly roasted for such a weak effort.
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Previously, in the book 2001: A Space Odyssey, the supercomputer HAL killed Frank Poole, and ejected his body from a spaceship. Nearly 3000 years later, a ship picks his body up. Luckily, he has a fast recovery, thanks to 31st century technology. He is able to adjust quickly to a world where humans can dive into their computers, full virtual reality capabilities have been reached, intelligent reptilian creatures, and skyscrapers that surpass 10,000 miles high. He eventually gets bored, and decides to go back to Jupiter`s moon Europa, to find his old friend Dave. I particularly enjoyed this book, as it caters to the sci-fi fan. It has all the key elements of a good book, such as an intricate story-line and a strong ending. The plot involves Frank Poole, who is found floating in space near earth, one thousand years in the future. He is quickly brought back to life and is taught the inner workings of Earth in 3001. On a flight to Granmede City on one of the satellites of Jupiter, Frank notices Europa. He quickly remembers that he last saw his friend Dave on Europa, and sets out to find him there. Little did Frank know, what he sees on the satellite could mean grave danger for Earth. I enjoyed this novel very much. Fans of the Odyssey or even any sci-fi fans would find this book interesting. This book provides what I would think what the future of this galaxy would be like. It is some what of a suspense, as the book is paced quickly, leading the reader from one part to the next. It is somewhat of a quick read, something I would take on an international flight from London to somewhere in the U.S. The book has one minor area of innuendo, but other than that, it could be considered a young adult¿s book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished the last Odyssey book- I must say it is the most anti-climactic conclusion... ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
2001: A Space Odyssey is one of my favorite books, and one of my favorite movies. 2010: Odyssey 2 was a worthy follow-up. Unfortunately, something went awry after that, and both 2061: Odyssey 3 and 3001: Final Odyssey were both major disappointments. In both cases, the plot was the major culprit, which causes a major problem since, let's face it, Arthur C. Clarke isn't exactly known for his enduring characters. In 3001, ACC revives Frank Poole (HAL's first victim in 2001) when he is found floating in space, apparently still alive. Poole returns to Earth (or, more accurately, to Earth orbit) to learn how the world has changed in the 1000 years that he spent floating around the solar system. The plot doesn't kick in until the second half of the book, and when it does, it feels half baked. Poole decides to fake a crash landing on the forbidden world of Europa, where he is met by beings who used to be Dave Bowman (the surviving astronaut from 2001) and HAL, combined into a single consciousness inside the monolith. The rest of the plot devolves into a Save-the-World cliche, with none of the weighty themes that made 2001 and 2010 so great. If you read the first 2 or 3 books, you will probably go ahead and finish the series, but you might be better off instead imagining what could have been.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It keeps you on the edge of your toes and made sure you were paying attention, good book by all standards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it was too fast and not detailed enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book keeps you in awe but I was expecting more out of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book gives you a great adventure with a strongly artistic feel like in 2001, 2010, and 2061. The ending is awesome and uplifting and it starts as if you were there. Truly Outstanding
Guest More than 1 year ago
You may notice, after reading the book, that it is one of only two books ever written that have portrayed the distant future reasonably. (The other was '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea') This book was a worthy sequel to 2001...