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

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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 m...more
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Published March 1998 by Del Rey (first published March 1997)
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Henry Avila
The 4th and last of the 2001 series. Dr.Heywood Floyd is not in this novel.Even the eternal, good doctor, can't live 1,000 years.But Frank Poole, that's a horse of a different color.Frank's body is floating, floating,being pushed out into the limitless universe.Gently moving up and down,twisting, tumbling,passing numerous distant planets,asteroids,rocks.Even an occasional comet.Unseen in the darkness ,in a calm peaceful sleep.Leaving the troubled Solar System behind.What dreams he must have had....more
Navi
It's both amusing and sad when a book series falls flat on its face during its final leaps. The Odyssey series is, unfortunately, one of these. Except instead of attempting to get back up and trying to pretend its fall never happened, 3001 wallows in the failure, following the same idea as 2061; nothing happens. Well, nothing substantial, anyway.

Let me be the first to say that I don't mind that Frank comes back to life. It was a (sort of) logical way to show Dave's human side (sort of) while sti...more
Hope
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Todd
Sep 07, 2009 Todd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All the pathetic earth people
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Todd
The late Arthur C. Clarke is one of my favorite science fiction writers and 2001: A Space Odyssey, based on an earlier short story of his, The Sentinel (1948), has always been something of a spiritual experience for me, even though I am not prone to spiritual experiences. But, given the prescient depiction of the moon and our galaxy in those pre-Apollo mission days, both film and book are breathtaking.
For this current generation reared on CGI animation and blockbuster special effects and IMAX,...more
David
Finally I've reached the end of the journey ... AND WHAT A WASTE OF TIME!!!! -_- Never again will I pick up anything written by Clarke. Honestly I can't understand how even got published. No identifiable Lead character in most of the books, no clear objective for what lead there was, the books meander around for the most part with dated and ludicrous speculation and no confrontation until the end, and what there was of a knockout closing seemed to appear out of nowhere. Internal conflict in the...more
Cayleigh
This is the 4th book in Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey collection. I found it a few weeks after I had read 2001: A Space Odyssey in my uncle's book collection. The funny thing was I had picked it up probably a hundred times when I lived there but never read it cause it was space related. After loving 2001 I eagerly started reading it. Even though it is the 4th and I have not read 2015 and 2065 I was not lost in the story as this takes place 1000 years after the first book. In a way it is like you ar...more
T
3001: The Final Odyssey brings Arthur C. Clarke's famed series to a merciful end, closing out what was perhaps a misguided effort from the beginning, or at least from 14 years after the first book, when a sequel was written.

Trouble began brewing in the Odyssey series with the release of 2010: Odyssey Two, in which Clarke decided to abandon all differences between the previous book and the movie version, and act as though only the movie events had occurred. As someone who greatly preferred the bo...more
Rob
I've got to say this was very disappointing. It started strong; I thought it was going to easily be the best in the series since 2001. But it ends with very little enlightenment and the big ending has a very unfortunate similarity (oh, spoiler alert I guess)to Independence Day . Then to top it off, thinking you had a good chunk of book left there is a pointless (though aren't they all)epilogue followed by twenty pages of acknowledgements.

Clarke is a great science fiction "idea" guy, probably...more
Angelo Giardini
Em 3001, A Odisséia Final, Arthur C. Clarke apresenta algumas respostas a todas as dúvidas geradas na cabeça daqueles que leram ou assistiram às adaptações cinematográficas de 2001, Uma Odisséia no Espaço, e 2010, Uma Odisséia no Espaço 2. Quem são os monolitos, quem os comanda e qual o seu propósito são algumas das perguntas já respondidas nas duas primeiras páginas da obra.

Já a história em si gira em torno do resgate, mil anos depois, do corpo do astronauta Frank Poole, abandonado, em 2001, pe...more
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...more
Jareed
It is noteworthy to consider how Arthur Clarke opened the third book, and what the ramifications to the entire series were. With wanting pragmatism, he wrote that:

"Just as 2010: Odyssey Two was not a direct sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, so this book is not a linear sequel to 2010. They must all be considered as variations on the same theme, involving many of the same characters and situations, but not necessarily happening in the same universe.
Developments since Stanley Kubrick suggested in
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Janett Wawrzyniak
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, no...more
Lily_arum
A 2 is probably a little too harsh, but I had some problems with this book. The most obvious being that I don't really see why it was written. I think I was 2/3 of the way done and asked myself what the point was. And, to be honest, nothing ever really happened. It was mostly just descriptions of what the life of a human had become in the year 3001 (ie what technologies we had invented) and chapters that were just copied and pasted from previous books. I literally skipped an entire chapter (that...more
Stephen Lafleur
Every Space Odyssey book has been released ahead of its time - quite literally - but up until now by a few decades at the very most. Accordingly, each has been wonderfully sprinkled with tidbits of information on technological advances and how the world is holding up in the future...

... until we get to "3001". A millennium's slipped by, leaving much more to be explained. The first third of the book is sheer exposition, with more spattered through the more plotty bits up to the end. And this expo...more
Michael
Any writer would be hard pressed to wrap up his life's work, especially one as prolific as Sir Arthur Clarke's Space Odyssey series.. The man was in his 80's when he wrote this.. Give him a break.. If any of the 'critics' on this site can write anything more than your signature on the receipt for your medications in your 80's then try to sit down and write a 300 page sci-fi novel that sequels the other books in your series.. And then see how you feel when a bunch of douche bags complain about it...more
Alan Scott
If you are a fan of modern science fiction, this novel is not going to do it for you. Like most old school SF writers, Clarke sticks to ideas and technology. Characters are thin, put there simply as vehicles to move the action forward. Until guys like Heinlein came along, that was not only how SF was, that was how it was supposed to be.

For me, the old style is sometimes a refreshing change from the trend we see today, where technology is used to set up a psychological situation, and the novel co...more
Luis Fernando Franco
Que libro más malo. Decepcionante. No sabría por donde empezar con todas las cosas que hay mal en el.

La primera tesis es absurda. Hasta para la fantasía deben haber límites. Una cosa es la fantasía de que Júpiter se convierta en un sol (claramente está en el lado de la fantasía) y otra muy diferente es traer a Poole a la vida… y de que forma. ¿De verdad se "criogenizó" porque hace mucho frío en el espacio y aguantó en estado de perfecta conservación durante 1000 años? Bueno… va. Pero por favor ¿...more
Ümit
Kesinlikle üçüncü kitaptan çok daha iyi, gerek saati 1000 yıl ileri almasıyla, gerek anlattığı öyküyle. Yaratıcı tanrıyı yok etme girişimi, mecburiyetten de olsa, güzel bir yan. Zaten her kitapta mevcut olan Darwinist bakış yine etkili, hatta bu kez daha baskın.

Yine de sonu aceleye getirilmiş. Oysa Wells'in "War of the Worlds"üne ne de güzel bir gönderme vardı, daha da genişletilebilirdi bu.
Rodrigo Aguerre
Sinceramente pense que se trataba de un libro demasiado volado, ya que ademas de ser la ultima entrega de la saga, es un libro poco conocido y que transcurre 1000 años en el futuro de lo que acontecio en la obra predecesora. La verdad es que se trata de un muy buen libro. Sin duda alguna me gusto bastante mas que 2061, claro que no llega a la altura de 2001 o 2010 pero eso es algo muy dificil de lograr. (view spoiler)...more
Deb
This last book in the Space Odyssey series was a very good read. Despite having been written nearly 20 years ago (pub 1996), the technology and sense of wonderment about space and the human race is fascinating. I especially liked the discussions of how it would be to "re-awake" 1000 years from now and adapt to that civilization; much easier than if you lived in 1000 and woke up in the year 2000! Technology has been in our lifetimes (electricity, computers, space travel). So, the extension of the...more
Matteo Pellegrini

Tutto cominciò quattro milioni di anni fa con l'apparizione inquietante di un monolito, una struttura aliena dotata di straordinari poteri che accese la scintilla dell'intelligenza nelle scimmie trasformandole in esseri umani. All'alba del ventunesimo secolo, un identico monolito nero trovato sulla Luna segnò l'inizio dell'avventura del comandante Dave Bowman, del suo vice Frank Poole e del supercomputer Hal a bordo dell'astronave "Discovery". Unico sopravvissuto a quell'esperienza, Dave Bowman

...more
Patrick
After reading 2001 last year for the first time I was able to buy the rest of the series for cheap. I really don't think any of the sequels measure up to the first one. By the end of the three sequels, the monoliths have been relegated to essentially incubators for alien life on Europa.

This last installment starts off like "Futurama" as Frank Poole, who supposedly died in 2001 is recovered from deep space and revived 1000 years in the future. There's really nothing much that interesting about it...more
Chris
I liked this book, in fact, I liked the whole series. Mr Clarke's Odyssey series is one of the most interesting Sci-Fi stories, and it is a true classic because it holds up over time. I found the stories engaging and interesting, the science interesting without being pedantic or fantastical. The thing I most liked about this last volume is that it seemed to bring the story full circle - it brought a more 'present day' perspective to the story and helped to explain the advances Mr Clarke predict...more
Charlotte
"I've, seen things.. so many things that you can't believe. Past designs, future designs, cables in the bend. Second-hand sounds, future sounds, synthesised dialogues. Incomprehenseble software. Hi Jon, let's break some rules! Here comes the sun."
- Vangelis / Intergalactic Radio Station

I'm heartbroken that it ended, the entire Odyssey. I will definitely miss them, Frank, Hal, Dave, Heywood, all of them. While reading these books I felt like they're part of my life too. And I can't help but notic...more
Deborah
Absolutely hated this book! I liked all of the first books in this series but I don't know what happened with this one. Right off the first pages, this book makes a turn for the worst!
Timothy Mcpherson
I finally was able to get to the last of the series by the late Arthur C. Clarke. I had a very easy and quick read from this book. What I wasn't suspecting was that Frank Poole would somehow be resurrected back into the story, but I guess that was necessary so that those who followed the book would be able to have something familiar, besides the Monolith.

The book dealt with how extraterrestrials might view us right now. The Monolith was reactivated at one of the worst times in human history, whe...more
Daniel
Arthur C. Clark is the master. This wasn't my favorite in the series, but hell you should read them all .. ok? Ok!
Tuan Ho
Wow! What a disappointing end to the whole Space Odyssey saga!

Writing-wise, this is probably Arthur C. Clarke's worst. A fifth of the book isn't even new material! He just copied and pasted chapters from 2061 and 2010. And in my edition, the last fucking 20-30 pages is the acknowledgements. A deceptively short book.

What I did love was the depiction of life in 3001. Unfortunately, this is only a third of the book.

And what of the monolith? Well, there's not much to it, really. There's no real mind...more
Jake
The fourth, and arguably least necessary of Arthur C. Clarke's odyssey novels, is happily shorter and more to the point than 2010 and 2061 . But unlike 2001 it can't stand alone.

The premise is a bit hokey, but I willingly suspend disbelief as Frank Poole is brought back to life. I don’t find Poole as interesting a character as Heywood Floyd from the previous novels, but he’ll do for this story, which largely feels like an encore performance from the author.

3001 does what none of the previous...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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