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2061: Odyssey Three (Space Odyssey #3)

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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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Daniel
Jul 20, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jos jedna ineresantna knjiga prepuna originalnih ideja i lepih scena (citav deo oko Halejeve komete je izvrstan) ali sve ukupno ipak ostavlja daleko slabiji utisak nego prethodne dve. Jednostavno mi nekako fali na osecaju velicine, monumentalnosti. Ka SF roma je odlican ali mi je nekako suvise konvencionalan za gosn Klarka. Vise mi dodje kao neka medju prica nego pravi nastavak.

Nemojte me razumeti pogresno knjiga je vredna citanja, naravno, ali treba smanjiti ocekivanj sto ja nisam odradio.

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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
Daavid
4.5 Stars. Loved it !! :D

Just like its preceding book 2010: Odyssey Two, this is a book full of wonder, awesomeness, vivid imagery and adventure.

Preferring to rate books independently, I really liked this one. The landings on Halley's Comet, and Europa, along with their vivid descriptions of the landscape and life-forms make it an engaging read filled with wonder! Based on certain facts and conjectures, Clarke has written some good stuff using his wide imagination. Celestial mechanics seem to be
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Perry Whitford
Aug 05, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it it was ok
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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holy_fire
Sep 25, 2008 holy_fire rated it liked it
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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Efka
Aug 11, 2015 Efka rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Not as wonderful and gripping as 2001, but still better than the 2010. Not a very long and complex adventure, but great world-building and it's reasonable shortness makes sure you don't get bored by the lack of action.
Pam
Jun 24, 2013 Pam rated it it was ok
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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Stuart
Mar 15, 2014 Stuart rated it it was ok
Shelves: alien-contact
There really wasn't any reason to write this book besides cashing in on its very well know predecessors 2001 and 2010, both of which are supported by two very different but decent movie adaptations.

I dont' remember a single event from the book, but just remember getting it for Christmas and being excited by the cool cover. Fairly disappointing, really.
James Parsons
Jul 25, 2016 James Parsons rated it liked it
Have not read all of the books in this series, but of course this one is in the shadow of the original. 2001 was such a realistic yet profound SF book. So can the following sequels still feel fresh and surprise? After the second book, which I did not feel gripped me as much (the film either), this next one again is similar. The writing style of Clarke is always a good crafted standard, but is dating now. There is mystery in this next book, though it does move along a little slowly until becoming ...more
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Ahmad Sharabiani
2061: Odyssey Three (Space Odyssey #3), Arthur C. Clarke
عنوان: 2061 ادیسه سه؛ نویسنده: آرتور سی. کلارک؛ مترجم: رضا فاضل؛ تهران، نشر فاخته 1372؛ در 362 ص
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Dan
Jul 08, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it
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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
Andreas
Apr 08, 2011 Andreas rated it liked it
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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Sudeep Agarwal
Oct 09, 2015 Sudeep Agarwal rated it liked it
The book is good when read as the third installment to the space odyssey series. The plot is intriguing; the hard science-fiction part dealing with descriptions of the celestial bodies and the fictionalised imagination of the Jovian satellites with the new sun is very impressive. But on its own, the book is not that interesting. As is usual for Clarke, there is hardly any character development. Many threads get entangled in what seems to be a forcefully delivered sequel. It doesn't seem that Cla ...more
Vishal
Feb 16, 2015 Vishal rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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astaliegurec
I'm sad to say, Arthur C. Clarke's "2061 (Space Odyssey Book 3)" is nowhere near as good as the previous book in the series. First of all, the first third of the book is almost entirely filler. Some of it is used for positioning the pieces on the board. But, for all intents and purposes, it could have been cut entirely from the book. Second, the crux of the rest of the book is that a spaceship gets stranded somewhere. It survives its "landing," but can't leave without fuel. But, unless I'm mis-r ...more
Daniela Diaz
Es un libro muy confuso y repetitivo en mas de un capitulo se remontaba a recordar sucesos de los anteriores libros, siento que no aporto nada a la saga, este libro se lo pudo haber ahorrado
Bill
Aug 02, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jun 20, 2014 Abraão rated it really liked it
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.
Jena
Feb 24, 2016 Jena rated it it was ok
2061 es la tercera entrega de la Odisea del Espacio, y es en la que el autor abiertamente confiesa cuál es la utilidad del Monolito. En 2001, aparece en la Luna, en la segunda Odisea de 2010, se encuentra flotando en el espacio de nuestro sistema solar y en esta tercera, 2061, se le descubre en uno de los satélites de Júpiter. Espero que en 3001, la Última Odisea, Arthur C. Clark nos diga quién los construyó, ya que al final dice que, el Monolito ha despertado, luego de 4 millones de años...
Carol
Mar 15, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me están gustando mucho estos libros. Cada uno tiene una revelación importante, no como el primer libro, ese estuvo completamente impresionante. Pero la manera en que terminan todos es de infartos. Y los descubrimientos que deja a medias, te deja con las ganas de más siempre. Clarke se está volviendo en uno de mis autores favoritos.
Zaru
Feb 21, 2016 Zaru rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Not as good as the previous, witch was not as good as the first. Still a good book though and well worth your time if you liked the two others.
Tuan Ho
May 09, 2014 Tuan Ho rated it liked it
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!
Antonio Delgado
Jan 14, 2016 Antonio Delgado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great third part of this haunting saga.
Peter
Oct 19, 2014 Peter rated it liked it
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
Dec 01, 2014 Arron Baker rated it really liked it
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
Jim Dooley
Jul 11, 2015 Jim Dooley rated it liked it
This has been my least favorite book in the series by far. The main reason is that it centers so strongly on the technology aspect instead of giving equal time to human (and in the case of HAL, machine) relationships. The stories that intrigued me the most in the first two books are no longer center stage, but exist as minor points on the periphery. The pace is still brisk, but I felt myself less excited to return to reading.

The second reason is that the epilogue of the previous book negates the
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Brett's Books
Mar 12, 2015 Brett's Books rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I felt that this third installment in the series was much to do about nothing. It's unsurprising that Mr. Clarke, recycled a lot the characters and themes from previous novels (it's a trilogy). What bothered me was that I felt like whole portions of narrative descriptions of the background story (specifically, pre-Lucifer life on Jupiter) seem lifted in their entirety from the previous books. So what are we left with, well, snarky Scientism with little sense of wonder about the Created universe ...more
Barbara Klaser
We got to know Heywood Floyd a little in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and a little better in the second book in this series, 2010: Odyssey Two. Here we are 51 years later, and he's still feeling young enough to take a vacation trip out to see a comet. Apparently the hibernations he endured to make his earlier trips, combined with his living in low gravity for years, has caused him to age more slowly than the average human. The downside of that is that he can no longer endure Earth gravity.

In a way I
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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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Space Odyssey (4 books)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1)
  • 2010: Odyssey Two (Space Odyssey, #2)
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