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2061: Odyssey Three (Space Odyssey #3)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  14,091 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Arthur C.Clarke's space saga contines in 2061, when an Earth vessel landing on Halley's Comet marks the beginning of another confrontation between Heywood Floyd and David Bowman - or whatever Bowman has become - a newly independent HAL and the unseen alien power that controls the destiny of Earth.
Paperback, 302 pages
Published November 1997 by Voyager (first published November 12th 1987)
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Henry Avila
Dr.Heywood Floyd, is back for the third installment of the 2001 series,still vigorous at the ripe old age of 103.Apparently the good Dr. requires excitement to live.His next mission is to land on Halley's Comet, in the year 2061.When the most famous comet there is, comes back,past the orbit of Earth, which it has done for 20,000 years.AS A CELEBRITY,HE GETS A FREE RIDE ON THE Spaceship Universe, a luxury liner,Heywood has been in a lot worse crafts in his trips.The best feature in the space line ...more
holy_fire
Sep 25, 2008 holy_fire rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes SciFi with a big emphasis on the Sci-part
third book in Clarke's Odyssey-Saga...

short plot description: set (obviously) 51 years after the events in "2010: Odyssey Two" we meet again Dr. Heywood Floyd, now 103 years old. Mankind has build bases on the moon and Ganymede (where a scientist makes an astonishing discovery about Europa) and advances in science have made interplanetary space travel economical feasible, which paved the way for private enterprises. One of them is Tsung Spacelines where Chris Floyd, grandson of Heywood Floyd, wo
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Pam
THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS!!!

Very elderly Dr Floyd is invited to join a pleasure cruise to land on Halley's Comet, which suddenly turns into a rescue mission when his grandson's ship is hijacked and crashes on Europa. According to the first two books, this was supposed to be a really bad deal.

So I kept waiting for the ship to be destroyed or the people to get eaten by the previously malevolent Europans......but nothing happens. The hijacking plan is never explained and no one is ever held responsi
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Perry Whitford
2061 may seem like a random date in which to continue the Space Odyssey story into a third book, but there is a very good reason for it - the return of Halley's Comet.

Amazingly Dr Heywood Floyd, middle-aged in the first two books, is still going strong aged one hundred and three, thanks to half a lifetime spent in low gravity, orbiting Earth in a space hospital after a bad fall.

His grand-son is also an astronaut and they are about to meet up after a space-jacking in the Jovian system as all eye
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Andreas
This series started as a one-off book released in conjunction with the Stanley Kubrick movie of the same name. The series consists of:

* 2001: A Space Odyssey
* 2010: Odyssey Two. (Also made into a film)
* 2061 Odyssey Three
* 3001: The Final Odyssey

The first and second books are enthralling. 2061 is more of the same, and thus decent but somewhat pointless as part of the arc. 3001 is an attempt at closing up all the loose threads, and does so in a satisfying way.

For a long time, these books frus
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Dan
Jul 08, 2014 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
More Odyssey and at first glance set in a completely random year! However, when you know that 2061 is the year that Halley's Comet is next due to pass Earth it begins to make sense. Heywood Floyd is now a centurion but thanks to huge lengths of time in space has the body of a sixty year old. In 2061 he is invited on a trip aboard the Universe, a space tourism trip that will land on Halley's comet. Meanwhile his grandson Chris is aboard sister ship Galaxy and is headed for a fly-by of the not to ...more
Nuno Magalhães
Este é terceiro e penúltimo livro da séria iniciada com "2001: Uma Odisseia no Espaço" e continuada com "2010: Segunda Odisseia" e que revisita novamente a interferência do monólito, que foi deixado por uma civilização extraterrestre no sistema solar, na evolução da espécie humana . Não sendo uma continuação directa dos livros anteriores, é mesmo assim uma narrativa da continuação da história dos protagonistas dos livros anteriores, em particular do astronauta Heywood Floyd, sobrevivente da viag ...more
Abraão
Considero menos brilhante que os outros devido ao seu caráter ora político, ora metafísico. Contudo Clarke apresenta proposições futuristas que devem ser continuadas em 3001. Bem como a narrativa excelente a respeito da formação de vida e modificação de planetas. Ainda acrescento o pouso num cometa. Descrição excelente.
Adiciono que a surpreendente tríade final é explicativa de alguns fenômenos e vale a atenção aos detalhes.
Tuan Ho
So far, I think it's the weakest when compared with 2001 and 2010.

The story just isn't as exciting as it could be. Clarke drags it down with pointless hardcore science crap that frankly, only a nuclear scientist would get a hard-on reading about.

The pacing is all over the place.

But you can always rely on Arthur C. Clarke for his lyrical prose and his fantastic endings — this one just begs you to pick up 3001 to read right away!

And that's what I will do!
Peter
I think giving three stars to this novel is charitable enough. It sets up some fun ideas and cool imagery, but the overall plotting, pace and some of the general details just feel... oddly boring. I say that as someone who doesn't use the word "boring" lightly. Some fascinating developments within the series' overall narrative are showcased throughout certain segments of the novel, but the main story itself (or what passes for it) often feels like it's just plodding around, until it hits the "Fi ...more
Arron Baker
Another quick review: I'd rather rate this book as a very strong 3 1/2 stars rather than the full 4. Before delving further into the rest of the Odyssey series, I read around each book in terms of their references and the general critical opinion of each book. Through reading reviews, 2061 was highlighted as perhaps the weakest book out of the series, and I can understand why. Perhaps the biggest problem about this book is that it places a lot of emphasis on interactions between various crew mem ...more
Suncerae
2061: Odyssey Three is the third book in a series by Arthur C. Clarke, following the tremendous epic 2001 and the 2010 followup. Dr. Heywood Floyd, now over a 100 years old, is a asked to be a celebrity guest aboard a privately owned ship whose mission is to land on Halley's comet. Meanwhile, a team of scientists, including Floyd's grandson, is headed to a scientific settlement near Europa, when the mission is hijacked by a political extremist and forced to crash land on Europa. Dr. Floyd and hi ...more
Neil

Even as part of a series that I've found mediocre at best, 2061 was a disappointing, awful book. Clarke demonstrates again how clumsy he is at creating and developing characters. The plot is unnecessary, and nothing of particular importance happens until the very end (which is also when Dave and Hal make their sole brief appearance). We're treated to the usual chauvinistic, awkward writing, this time with occasional random chapters about a gay couple on a space hospital (??).

It's interesting to

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Luis Fernando Franco
Que difícil es escribir un buen libro después de otros dos excelentes.

Como dicen muchos comentarios, por si mismo este no es un mal libro. Pero si se queda muy lejos de los dos anteriores. Es prácticamente un cuento corto.

Clarke intenta describir algún mundo futuro con más detalle de lo que se hizo en las dos primeras entregas, pero creo que se queda corto. Quizás muy corto. Es algo que se veía venir desde el anterior. Por ejemplo, el caso de Lucifer. Sinceramente no creo que la cultura cristian
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Eric
This rating would be more like 3.5 stars, were that an option. 2061: Odyssey Three, the third novel in Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series, continues to score high marks in the all-important hard sci-fi category of realistic imagination, or perhaps imaginary realism. It's fun to read the efforts of diligent futurists imagining what the years ahead would look like, but like for real, rather than reverting quickly to an epic space soap opera with dialogue out of Lethal Weapon. Clarke claimed t ...more
Rodrigo Aguerre
Los dos libros predecesores de este en la saga, no solo son muy buenos, son geniales, de lo mejor que he leido. Por lo tanto es muy dificil que esta obra o la siguiente sean tan excelentes como las dos primeras. Es muy dificil lograr que cada libro que se escribe sea una obra maestra. Este libro no lo es, pero eso no quiere decir que sea malo, de hecho me parece que es un muy buen libro en terminos generales, el problema que tiene es que se lo compara con las dos obras maestras que lo precediero ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Cadere dal proprio balcone al secondo piano è un incidente stupido, soprattutto per chi aveva preso parte ad una missione dai mille pericoli come quella della Leonov. Così Heywood Floyd, ricoverato con fratture multiple e varie complicazioni, si ritrova in orbita attorno alla terra, nell'attesa che la medicina possa fornire gli strumenti adatti a curarlo. Passano quarantasei anni da quel giorno. Nel 2061 Lucifero è ormai diventato un astro familiare nel cielo terrestre, come pure in quello che
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Dark-Draco
51 years have passed since the events of Odyssey Two. Halley's Comet is passing close to the Earth and Heywood Floyd is once again faced with the alien monoliths. But it is the 'transformed' Dave Bowman and computer, Hal, that might be his only chance of survival, if they haven't become aliens themselves. An excellent read and a must for all SF fans.
Tim
Third in the “Space Odyssey” quadrology. This one involves two seemingly (at first) unrelated missions in 2061. In the first, Heywood Floyd, now 103, is invited to go on an exploratory landing, via the spaceship “Universe,” to Halley’s Comet as it comes close to the Earth. Meantime, another spaceship, the “Galaxy,” is exploring stationed on Ganymede, which has been looking at colonization. A mountain suddenly appears on Europa (uh-oh, Dave Bowman had deemed any landing on Europa a No-No! Look wh ...more
Metzie
2061: Odyssey Three was a nice read. Heywood is still having an active role in the series although being 103 years old. I won't recap the story as there are other reviews did so already.

I read the book and i thought it was still pretty exciting. It is written as a "slice of life", often nothing special is happening but you just get a description what is going on with the persons in the book. Dispersed through the book are some more exciting events which make you want to read along further. But t
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Sascha
Volume 3 of the 'Space Odyssey' series pales a bit in comparison to the previous ones. While it is a good read in and of itself, one cannot help missing the surprising turn or element, which A.C. Clarke managed to put in the earlier volumes.
I am reading this right after the first two volumes, which helps to keep the storyline(s) straight but also offers the direct comparison, which is unfavourable for volume three.

SPOILER:

I felt it quite a stretch to have the main character of the fist two books
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Alan
This is my idea of a fun book to read in the summer. Arthur C Clarke revisits some of his favorite characters from 2001 and 2010 - Heywood Floyd, David Bowman (the Star Child), and HAL (the computer). We meet Floyd at age 109 while he is traveling to Halley's Comet. The story has suspense, action, and gorgeous descriptions of the the wonders we are likely to find on comets, planets, and moons.

While the story has plot and setting, there isn't much in the way of character development. Clarke uses
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Melanie
Warning: spoilers within.

I found this one the odd ball out in the series. It felt like A. C. Clark was writing it more to pay homage to his main character (Dr. Floyd) then for any other reason. Don't get me wrong, I can not get enough of him, though it does feel his youthfulness as being a senior is stretched a bit beyond believable.
I adored the the invocation of imagery and emotions involving the Chinese ship making it to Europa first and what they discover there. It definitely was the Center
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Shane Short
When I read this book I thought "I think Clarke is starting to get bored with his own series." This story started off with great intrigue, but ended up falling flat.

The third installment of this series shows a decline in the writing of Clarke. I don't know if his other book series took a turn downhill or not.

I wish I could write more about this, but I just don't have it....This story is flat, it leaves unaswered questions, and is not along the same lines as the first two books.

the only reason
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Janith Pathirage
I'll definitely read this book again in 2016 if I could manage that long. It would be great to see how many of these things are actually happening for real at that time. So this book's kinda like a time capsule (all of the books in this series for that matter). When I read "2001: A Space Odyssey" recently, I couldn't believe how Arthur C. Clarke made some predictions so long time ago, and he was spot on !!. Clarke's a genius scientist and his books are beyond science fiction. And he's living in ...more
Joss
You dense, impenetrable b******d. I'll try again one day.
Robert Wood
Substantially more self indulgent than the first two novels, 2061 seems more like a vehicle for Clarke to explore some of his interests at the time. The novel opens with Heywood Floyd going on a mission to explore Hailey's Comet, which is diverted to save a hijacked ship that landed on Europa, which had been banned from human contact in the last novel. There's enough to make it worth your time if you really liked the first two books, but not much more. It also has what I suspect is a fairly earl ...more
J.j. Metsavana
Selline suure tundmatu kirjeldamine, inimkonna kohtumine võõra eluga. Inimesed ei saa lõpuni kummaski teoses midagi aru ja jäävadki kukalt kratsima. Mis on monoliit? miks nii aga mitte naa? kes elavad Europal? mida monoliidi ehitajad meist tahavad? kõik vastused jäävad õhku.
Teise raamatu lõpus süüdati Jupiter palama, saadi päikesüsteemi uus päike ja anti inimestele keeld mitte Europale enam tükkida. Kolmandas kukuvad ühed lollid sinna ikkagi enda raketiga alla ja teised lähevad neid päästma. Hir
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Henri Bollaert
In 2061, Clarke takes us back to the wonderful world of Dave, Frank, and of course Doctor Heywood Flloyd. We meet him again, aboard a medical facility in space, where he is living his old day (he's over a 100 years old, scientists say it's because of his hibernation on his flight aboard Lenonov.) He's invited to accompany several other celebrities on a trip to Halley's Comet on a fancy new spacecraft. After being there for only a couple of days, they receive a distress signal of anothere sapecra ...more
T
And I thought 2010 was underwhelming... Odyssey Three feels like a book that was written simply because it was expected to be written. Once again, Heywood Floyd (now over a hundred years old?) is dragged into the "mystery" of the black monoliths, following up on the events of Odyssey Two. And, like Odyssey Two, almost nothing happens across its almost 300 pages. Any intelligent person should be able to call the ending before they're even a quarter through the book, because it is extremely obviou ...more
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Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.

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