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Preview — 2061 by Arthur C. Clarke
2061: Odyssey Three (Space Odyssey #3)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
* 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 ...more
Adiciono que a surpreendente tríade final é explicativa de alguns fenômenos e vale a atenção aos detalhes.
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!
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
I felt it quite a stretch to have the main character of the fist two books ...more
While the story has plot and setting, there isn't much in the way of character development. Clarke uses ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Clarke was a graduate of King's Co ...more