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3001 by Arthur C. Clarke
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Dec 04, 2009

really liked it
Read in November, 2009 — I own a copy , read count: 1

3001: The Final Odyssey is a brilliant conclusion to the Odyssey series. We learn more about the aliens who started human evolution with the monoliths (but we don't learn enough!), who, before becoming non-corporeal denizens of frozen light and the architecture of space-time, travelled the universe searching for the rare wonder of evolved intelligence, giving hand (and a Monolith) here and there where necessary. Then we burst into action with the retrieval from the Kuiper Belt of Frank Poole, killed by HAL these many centuries ago. It describes in vivid and interesting detail the culture shock from 1000 years of social and human evolution. It is revealed that the Monolith has been in contact with its parents and a reply on what to do with these pesky Earthmen/Europans is expected at any moment, and the money is on their annihilation. Great action, a well-imagined future, and suspense. Excellent science fiction.

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