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

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

by Arthur C. Clarke

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback - Reprint)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, February 27

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: 97,223
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

Table of Contents

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.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

3001: The Final Odyssey (Space Odyssey Series #4) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Waianuhea on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I liked this almost as much as 2001! A really fun take on the man from the past dropped into the future story. I was so glad he didn't actually kill Frank. That was just such an evil way to die.
Anagarika-Sean on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This one left me feeling a little disappointed. I greatly enjoyed the first three, but just didn't enjoy this one as much.
Valleyguy on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A great ending to the series. This book, along with 2001, gave me more to think about than the other books in the series, gave me more insight into theoretical technology and had the most interesting character story of them all. The epigraph at the end of the book filled me with an eery insecurity as a human after reading all of the bold moves mankind made in this series (and in real human history).
baubie on LibraryThing 8 months ago
As with the first three (2001,2010,2061), 3001 is a fun read that was written for the inquisitive mind wanting a glimpse into the possible future. Clarke doesn't just paint you a picture of magical technologies, he delves deeper and gives explanations for how they work and why they were developed. This feeds the craving I often have with futuristic novels to learn the science behind fantastical inventions.As a story this isn't the most exciting book in the series and I found the ending to be rather lacklustre. Without giving anything away, the ending felt forced and implausible given the context of the entire series. That said, I enjoyed being brought back into the 2001 universe and I feel like the series ended where it should have ended.
avar on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A disappointing end to the otherwise excellent Space Odyssey series. If you've read the other three you should read, if only because it presents an interesting conclusion to the saga.Unfortunately it's not good as a stand-alone novel.
DirtPriest on LibraryThing 8 months ago
As a novel, 2001 is by far the best of the series, the other books simply relay certain events of a future that is completely believeable and realistic. As individual books, though, the sequels are lagging in the quality department, relative to 2001. That one should be required reading for anyone who considers themselves a SF fan, but the sequels exist only for the readers interested enough to see what a genius like Clark can imagine.3001 is the best of the sequels, as it shows the difficulty of someone removed from their time and forced into a new one. Astronaut Frank Poole ('killed' in 2001 by the computer HAL in 2001)is found drifting, Buck Rogers style, in an orbit out near Neptune. He is rescued by a comet wrangler, out nudging icy comets towards the sun to harvest their water in a project to terraform Venus, and resuscitated a thousand years after his 'death'. The story is rather humdrum, but Clarke always has an interesting idea working, even if it doesn't make for the most gripping of stories.An odd thing to quantify, how to phrase a recommendation of the series. They are good stories from a great imagination, but if SF isn't your cup of tea then the sequels are honestly best left at the bookstore. They are simply a vehicle for his idea of a future world of space faring and space living humans, really.
pauliharman on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Largely unintelligible - a disappointing sequel. Doesn't seem to bare any relation to previous Odyssey books, other than the name "Frank Poole"
cleverusername2 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Earlier this year I made a vow to read all of the Space Odyssey books before 2010. By golly I did it. I was warned that the last two were rather lackluster, and while 2061 struck me as rather perfunctory I did enjoy reading 3001 : the final odyssey even if it did meander and then come to a shuddering halt like a stalled car. I am not a fan of transhumanist, post-scarcity speculative fiction particularly if everyone has abandoned their bodies and are living in some computer server somewhere. Iain Banks and his Culture novels were the sole exception to the genre that I sought out. 3001 is transhumanism with a light hand giving the reader Clarkes¿ idea of what the far-flung Third Millennium might look like. Here we find Frank Poole, that guy in the yellow spacesuit that HAL 9000 murdered in the first book floating out in the Kuiper Belt. His corpse is rescued by a deep space mining ship (nice touch) and revitalized after a thousand years by advanced medicine. Through Poole we see how humanity has advanced and expanded through the solar system. Many things I found interesting, such as superstructure of spaceports surrounding the earth, tethered at the Equator by four space elevators. Most people have a chunky human-brain interface implanted in the scalp which I found rather clunky in light of nanotechnology developments. The best parts of Final Odyssey is when we emphasize with Poole¿s cognitive vertigo when he comes to grips with being 1,000 years out of touch with his species.There is a plot about the creators of the Monoliths making judgments about which species they advance being worthy and which need extermination so they don¿t become a violence menace, much of which contradicts previous information on how fast the Monoliths can communicate with one another; but the suspense plot seems a bit mechanical and a token offering in comparison to Poole¿s journey. Even his reuniting with HALMAN, the HAL 9000/David Bowman hybrid entity is a bit of a distraction. Everything works out in the end and then wump, the ride comes to a stop the bar lifts off your shoulders and it¿s time to exit your seat. The Space Odyssey is over.
cbradley on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The exciting conclusion to Clarke¿s most famous series ever. 3001 brings back a character from 2001 so that we can experience a fantastic future through the eyes of someone we can relate to. I found this to be a worthy successor to the other novels in this series and a satisfying end to one of the most amazing stories ever told.
ck2935 on LibraryThing 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jrm1992 More than 1 year ago
the less said about this slender paint by numbers book, the better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago