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2061: Odyssey Three (Space Odyssey #3)

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This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 0586203192/9780586203194.

2001: A Space Odyssey was the classic story that told of man's destiny in space.
2010: Odyssey Two pushed back the frontiers of human imagination still further.
Now, 2061: Odyssey Three tells of humanity's evolution towards the stars...

In 2061, when two Suns share the skies of Earth, Halley's Comet returns
Paperback, 302 pages
Published 1989 by Grafton Books (first published December 1987)
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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
Jul 02, 2016 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.

David (דוד)
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
Sep 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Perry Whitford
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
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was incredibly slow moving. It also felt confusing, and the characters don't come alive very well. Clarke has two plots going at the same time and the effect (of going between the two ships) is confusing. There isn't much of a plot and nothing of very much interest happens. (Even the hi-jacking feels cheesy.)

Having said that, Clarke is more of a scientist than a writer and what captivates me is the astronomy, the science, the feeling of space travel and descriptions of outer space as well
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
James Parsons
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
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Viduvēji. Šķiet šī būs vājākā sērijas daļa, iesāku jau ceturto un tā pagaidām ļoti patīk.
Šoreiz stāsts ir taka sadalīts divās daļās - par diviem kosmosa ceļojumiem, kas beigās apvienojas vienā.
Bet tas kas bija domāts kā lielais pārsteigums par Eiropas planētas kalnu, galīgi nenostrādāja, jo iepriekšējā grāmatā tā kā garāmejot tas jau bija pieminēts, un varēju uzminēt kas tas ir jau grāmatas sākumā. Sabojāts pārsteigums.

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
Txe Polon
Una tercera parte que supera a la segunda y casi se pone a la altura de la primera, con una muy sugestiva estructura que enlaza diversas expediciones, con las adecuadas dosis de ciencia, acción e intriga (quizás con algunos personajes secundarios superfluos), para terminar de tal manera que la lectura de 3001 se hace imprescindible.
Kadir Kılıç
Serinin ilk iki kitabına göre aksiyon az olmasına rağmen kötü bir kitap değil.
third read - 29 September 2010 - This is a choppy story set on two different spaceships in the Space Odyssey universe. It came out about the time of the return of Halley's comet in 1986, and is set at the time of the comet's next expected visit to the inner solar system in 2061. One spaceship brings a very elderly Heywood Floyd along on a visit to the comet itself, and Clarke's descriptions are, as usual, quite vivid. Then the other spaceship is hijacked and crashes onto Europa, giving some memb ...more
دانیال بهزادی
بدی خوندن کتابهای کلارک اینه که انتظار داری یه اثر عالی جلوت باشه و با این پیشفرض، اگه یه مقدار هم اثر از مسیر کمال بلغزه، به نظرت نابخشودنی میآد. این کتاب هم یکی از اون جاها رو داشت. داستان در ادامهٔ اودیسههای پیشینه و خیلی هم خوب و جذاب نوشته شده، ولی در پایان این حس رو میده که انگار به هیچ جای خاصی نرسیده و باید حتماً دنبالهای داشته باشه. البته کلارک دنبالهای برای این کتاب نوشته، ولی تاریخ نگارشش خیلی سال بعد از انتشار کتاب سوم بوده و سمیه میگه اونقدر بده که شک دارم اصلاً برم سمتش یا نه ...more
Nathan Dehoff
It took me a while to finish this one. That’s mostly due to the fact that I usually switch between books at a certain number of chapters, and the chapters in this are very short. The year was chosen as that is when Halley’s Comet will again be visible from Earth, and part of the story is concerned with a crew landing on the comet itself. As the book was written before the fall of apartheid, Clarke predicts a revolution in South Africa that results in much of the white population leaving the coun ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chudák Clarke už podruhý skončil jako moje čtení na zkouškový, takže jen proto jsem Třetí vesmírnou odyseu měla rozečtenou 25 dní, ačkoliv byla naprosto skvělá.
Nepřestávají mě udivovat Clarkovy nápady a vizionářství. Možná proto je mu připisována první myšlenka využití geostacionární dráhy pro telekomunikační družice, které by se navíc podle jeho článku z roku 1945 daly použít i pro účely meteorologie (celý článek k přečtení zde).
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sudeep Agarwal
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
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
Gary Lynch

Installment 3 is probably the weakest link in Clarke's Odyssey series. Dr. Heywood Floyd (now 103) is leading a mission to intercept comet Halley (re-appearing after the 1986 fly-by), when he is ordered to abort and proceed to Europa--declared off-limits to humans at the end of 2010; Odyssey Two--to rescue the crew of a ship that has crashed there. Both Dave Bowman and HAL have cameo roles.

Like most Clarke novels, the story is low on character development and high on celestial mechanics. We lear

Sergei Ter-Tumasov
Ничего нового!

Arthur C. Clarke пишет плохо, но ровно, так что третья часть ничем не отличается (ни по стилю, ни по настроению, ни по качеству) от первых двух, и всё, что было сказано о них, справедливо и для 2061: Odyssey Three!!!
Mark Cramer
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
It's been decades since I read 2001 and 2010, so I was a little concerned that I wouldn't be able to follow the story. That being said, while there were a few references to the old novels, the story was easy to follow. My memories of 2001 and 2010 are vague, but I'm pretty sure those books were a lot better than this one. It was interesting, but just not as captivating as the earlier ones. I'm now on to 3001...
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was OK. Another step down from the previous entry, but honestly, I liked how much it explained the mysteries that had been left unexplained in the previous book. It wasn't quite as exciting or action packed, just a book for fans to get some answers to their burning questions. On to the finale!
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'adore ! 💛💛
Papope Mueanpaopong
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Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was simply ‘okay.’ I found the first two books in the series far more interesting.
3,5 stars (Goodreads really need a half star rating).

It was an enjoyable ride, and compared to the previous book, a walk in the park. Sir Arthur C Clarke's writing had been as captivating as when I first read A Space Odyssey, but I guess this book suffers from a rather severe case of technological advancement: since it's the future, and now everything is easier, some of the thrills (well, almost all of them) that made me love the previous novel so much (I think this series peaked at Odyssey Two)
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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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