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

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

by Arthur C. Clarke

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3001: The Final Odyssey (Space Odyssey Series #4) by Arthur C. Clarke

A Main Selection of the Science Fiction Book Club®
Selected by the Literary Guild® and Doubleday Book Club®

3001 is not just a page-turner, plugged in to the great icons of HAL and the monoliths, but a book of wisdom too, pithy and provocative.”—New Scientist

The body of Frank Poole, lost for a thousand years since the computer HAL caused his death en route to Jupiter, is retrieved, revived—and enhanced. In the most eagerly awaited sequel of all time, the terrifying truth of the Monoliths’ mission is a mystery only Poole can resolve.

Praise for 3001 The Final Odyssey

“A one man literary Big Bang, Clarke has originated his own vast and teeming futuristic universe.”Sunday Times

“Well-paced and absorbing . . . It is as a flight of fancy by the master of science fiction that 3001 makes its mark.”The Times

“In his exciting new novel, Clarke reveals the ominous answer about the ultimate purpose of the monoliths.”Daily Telegraph

“Serene, uplifting, and icy clear.”Mail on Sunday

“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.”—Buzz Aldrin

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345423498
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Series: Space Odyssey Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 125,387
Product dimensions: 6.86(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About 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.

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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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.

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3001: The Final Odyssey (Space Odyssey Series #4) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
ck2935 on LibraryThing 5 days ago
I really enjoyed this series. Arthur C. Clarke is pretty much my favorite sci-fi writer, well at least he was when I was younger. I say that because this was probably the last sci-fi non-Star Trek book I have read. I'm glad that I have added this to the list because it reminds me how much I enjoyed his books.
edwartica on LibraryThing 9 days ago
My initial reaction to 3001 is "Do not waste your time with this piece of tripe." The plot is thin at best, the presumptions of the future by the author are idealistic, and the characters are two dimensional. However, if you are a fan of this 2001, 2010, and 2064, you might want to read this just because it provides a nice and tidy wrap up to the series.
Darla on LibraryThing 9 days ago
My main quibble is the preachiness. Yes, a LOT of science fiction is preachy, but it doesn't have to be in your face about it. And the fact that I agreed with much of what he was preaching about didn't help. It was still annoying.
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.