2061: Odyssey Three
It is even more unusual that an author is able to complement so well-received an invention with an equally successful sequel. But Arthur C. Clarke`s 2010: odyssey two enthralled ...more
2061: Odyssey Three is a science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C. Clarke, published in 1987.
It is the third book in Clarke's Space Odyssey series. It returns to one of the lead characters of the previous novels, Heywood Floyd, and their adventures from the 2061 return of Halley's Comet to Jupiter's moon Europa.
2061 is set 51 years after the events of 2010: Odyssey Two and 60 years after those of 2001: A Space Odyssey. At the end ...more
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 ...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 grandson is also an astronaut and they are about to meet up after a space-jacking in the Jovian system. All eyes a ...more
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 as future technology some of which has come to pa ...more
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
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. ...more
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
Writing Style: 3/5
If asked to choose my favorite first two books of any science fiction series, I probably would choose 2001: A Space Odyssey and its second, 2010: Odyssey Two. I am disgruntled then to find 2061: Odyssey Three to be of such inferior quality.
Clarke took this a different direction, and I now have doubts as to who was responsible for the meandering Rama sequels. I've hitherto blamed Gentry Lee for redirecting that series, but a lot of the sam ...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
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) ...more
The main problem with this book was it's first half. I could have done with less space admiration and the whole Halley comet case was uttelry pointless, other than to set up the journey to the second half of ...more
Poor Heywood, at the retiring age he's dragged to a space mission. He's not complaining cos he's the ultimate space geek. However, the plot takes a turn from the main mission to Europa. And yeah Heywood has a grandson, like grandpa he's a space geek too. It's pretty cool how space pirates hijacks a spaceship and lands on Europa, the forbidden planet.
Love Mr. Clarke's writing. His ...more
Arthur C. Clarke's strength is in his concepts. The worldbuilding in this is incredibly strong - I love the first chapters and their visions of mid 21st century earth - the exploration of Ganymede and Mars an ...more
Humans force a landing on Europa, the only body in the solar system expressly forbidden to them.
2061 is okay. It’s well written and it’s (mildly) interesting. There’s also no reason it should have been written. It doesn’t contribute anything vital to the 2001 universe, to the characters, to any ongoing mysteries, etc. I’m a fan of Clarke’s work, but I’m moderately mystified as to why this book exists, apart from a desire on Clarke’s part to cash in on ...more
Clarke was a graduate of King ...more