2061: Odyssey Three (Space Odyssey Series #3)

2061: Odyssey Three (Space Odyssey Series #3)

by Arthur C. Clarke


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2061: Odyssey Three (Space Odyssey Series #3) by Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke’s 2061: Odyssey Three is truly a masterful elaboration on one man’s epic vision of the universe.

Only rarely does a novelist weave a tapestry so compelling that it captures the imagination of the entire world. But that is precisely what Arthur C. Clarke accomplished with 2001: A Space Odyssey.

It is even more unusual that an author is able to complement so well-received an invention with an equally successful sequel. But Arthur C. Clarke’s 2010: Odyssey Two enthralled a huge audience worldwide.

Now, in 2061: Odyssey Three, Arthur C. Clarke revisits the most famous future ever imagined, as two expeditions into space are inextricably tangled by human necessity and the immutable laws of physics. And Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monoliths, must once again confront Dave Bowman—or whatever Bowman has become—a newly independent HAL, and the power of an alien race that has decided Mankind is to play a part in the evolution of the galaxy whether it wishes to or not.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345413987
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/05/1999
Series: Space Odyssey Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 631,273
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Arthur C. Clarke has long been considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time and was 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 Clarke—both fiction and nonfiction—have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide. He died in 2008.

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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2061: Odyssey Three (Space Odyssey Series #3) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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JGolomb More than 1 year ago
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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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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Knight-2000 More than 1 year ago
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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Hgoswick More than 1 year ago
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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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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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....