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3001: The Final Odyssey (Space Odyssey #4)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  12,807 ratings  ·  397 reviews
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 ma ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1998 by Del Rey (first published March 1997)
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Noah Ward Yes, although it leaves room for interpretation. Keeping in mind that Arthur C. Clarke will never fully explain every secret and answer to the…moreYes, although it leaves room for interpretation. Keeping in mind that Arthur C. Clarke will never fully explain every secret and answer to the universe, he definitely answers the questions that have been asked by fans for decades such as "What are the monoliths? Where do they come from? Who/what created them? What is their intention?". If you have read the first three books then the final odyssey is definitely worth reading. I feel obligated to warn you that if you haven't read the first three then don't read the last one. And whatever you do, do not read the back cover of the books if you don't want any spoilers.(less)

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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
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
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This may be my favorite Odyssey. (although I thought that after each of the Odyssey books)
But really, I am just so thrilled with this one, how genius to bring back Frank Poole from the dead and to put the 21st century scientist in the 31st century.
I savored every word, every image, really and it read so plausible.
Hope we will achieve that society from 31 century. (Clarke seems to think so in other of his books, there is always some kind of Utopia there)

Check this out:
"It was generally agreed t
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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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,
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
Perry Whitford
Of the two astronauts awake on the spaceship Discovery when the super-computer HAL went nuts, Frank Poole certainly the short straw.
While Dave Bowman ended up an immortal extraterrestrial hybrid with the powers of a god, poor Poole ended up left for dead and floating off into the cold vacuum of space.

Left for dead, but not - as we discover at the start of the fourth and final Space Odyssey story - actually dead. His body frozen into an effective state of hibernation, Poole floats unconscious ar
I have quite enjoyed reading Arthur C Clarke's four-parter, but one of Clarke's tricks does not hold up well to a marathon run through the series. I noticed that every book takes large sections of text from earlier books, pasting them in as flashbacks that are word for word reproductions of what he said the first time. If there were supposed to be subtle changes from one book to the next, I didn't see any. I've only seen David Bowman's flythrough of Jupiter and visit to the oceans of Europa abou ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
It's a thousand years since Frank Poole's death at the metaphorical hands of HAL and humanity has entered a new golden age. A spaceship finds Poole floating deep in the solar system and with the help of 3001 technology he is revived. Poole's second life allows him to see what humanity has become and soon realizes he might be may still be able to once again meet fellow astronaut Dave Bowman, or the thing he has become anyway.

Straight away I'm afraid I must point out this last Odyssey book is the
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Barbara Klaser
First the bad news. There are some things Clarke did in this book and in the prior book, but much more in this one, that bugged the heck out of me. I guess I have too good a memory. But in the places where he repeated whole passages from the earlier books I had to skim and skip ahead in order to not be bored, and I don't like that because I don't like to risk missing anything new. On the other hand, his doing so enables this book to stand on its own better for any readers who haven't read the pr ...more
This book is a big disappointment. After the thrill of the original 2001 and the two subsequent books, I was looking forward to a capstone book where we learn much about the social and political structure of the universe. I expected this to come from some knowledge regarding the builders of the monoliths and their real purpose in creating them. However, it turns out that they are just stupid machines, most likely not even as intelligent as HAL, yet somehow sophisticated enough to absorb the per ...more
Dave In
Read it yourself and then try to tell me it deserves more stars. I simply cannot connect this work with the absolute genius Clarke displayed with "Childhood's End" or the first 1968 Odyssey novel. Here's the synopsis:

1. Discovery astronaut Frank Poole is found floating in space in the year 3001. He is reanimated, and tries to adjust to life in the 31st century.

2. Frank get's bored and hitches a ride to a colony on Jupiter's moon, Ganymede.

3. Meanwhile, for the past 100 years, the hybrid plant/an
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
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
That was a pretty pointless book. I guess he just wrote it out of nostalgia for the earlier books in the series.

He had some cool ideas about the future. The halo/space elevator city was fun to imagine.

There didn't seem to be a lot of effort in making the plot.

Paraphrasing (heavily) the start of one of the chapters, but this was roughly the pacing of what should have been significant events:

"[main character] lived for the next few years. He got married to that girl, with whom I said there was
Neil Coulter

If I were going to write a novel about what human life might be like 1,000 years in the future, I know I'd want to give special attention to the question of whether males are still circumcised, and how that might affect their attractiveness to the opposite sex. That's what Arthur C. Clarke must've been thinking as he worked on the first hundred pages of this, the fourth and final entry in his 2001 series. In the second hundred pages, we get Clarke's laughably unintelligent screed against all rel

Theta Sigma
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3001: The Final Odyssey is the fourth and final book by Arthur C. Clarke in the tremendous epic 2001 series. Dr. Frank Poole's freeze-dried corpse, murdered by HAL in 2001, is found floating in deep space in the Kuiper Belt. He is rescued, revived, and spends about half the novel exploring the technologies of 3001 on Earth. When he is offered the opportunity to return to Europa, he accepts eagerly, eventually reuniting with the entity formerly known as Dave Bowman as well as HAL, and together th ...more
Светослав Александров
Много ми е неприятно да пиша негативен отзив за любим писател. Но истината е, че докато Артър Кларк е написал някои страхотни творби, всичките продължения на негови книги са ужасно слаби.

И ако първата "Одисея" ме запали по научната фантастика още когато бях дете ... и до този момент това е една от любимите ми книги, последната е абсолютна безвкусица. Чудно ми е как един такъв добър писател, който е вложил страхотни идеи в първата "Одисея" - еволюцията на човечеството, еволюцията на машините и об
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 ¿
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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.

Clarke was a graduate of King's Co
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Space Odyssey (4 books)
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  • 2010: Odyssey Two (Space Odyssey, #2)
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