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

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. . . .

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

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: 143,134
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

Education:

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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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.
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...