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2061: Třetí vesmírná odysea (Space Odyssey #3)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  20,145 Ratings  ·  478 Reviews
Arthur C. Clarke, creator of one of the world's best-loved science fiction tales, revisits the most famous future ever imagined in this NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, as two expeditions into space become inextricably tangled. Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monoliths, must again confront Dave Bowman, HAL, and an alien race that has decide ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published 1997 by Baronet (first published November 12th 1987)
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Jul 02, 2016 Daniel 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.

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
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 holy_fire 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 Efka 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.
Jun 24, 2013 Pam 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
Mar 11, 2014 Stuart 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.
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
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
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
Jul 06, 2014 Dan 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
Jan 28, 2015 Vishal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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)
Steven  Wetter
Mar 10, 2017 Steven Wetter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stretch of the imagination in the series, but always fun to read A.C. Clarke. :)
Nuno Magalhães
Aug 12, 2011 Nuno Magalhães rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Este é terceiro e penúltimo livro da séria iniciada com "2001: Uma Odisseia no Espaço" e continuada com "2010: Segunda Odisseia" e que revisita novamente a interferência do monólito, que foi deixado por uma civilização extraterrestre no sistema solar, na evolução da espécie humana . Não sendo uma continuação directa dos livros anteriores, é mesmo assim uma narrativa da continuação da história dos protagonistas dos livros anteriores, em particular do astronauta Heywood Floyd, sobrevivente da viag ...more
I'm sad to say, Arthur C. Clarke's "2061 (Space Odyssey Book 3)" is nowhere near as good as the previous book in the series. First of all, the first third of the book is almost entirely filler. Some of it is used for positioning the pieces on the board. But, for all intents and purposes, it could have been cut entirely from the book. Second, the crux of the rest of the book is that a spaceship gets stranded somewhere. It survives its "landing," but can't leave without fuel. But, unless I'm mis-r ...more
Storyline: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Writing Style: 3/5
World: 2/5

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
Oct 23, 2016 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel gets a big, mediocre "meh" from me. My biggest qualm is that Arthur C Clarke has used identical, predictable plot formulas for 3/4 of this series so far. This time though, the climactic encounter that the whole book builds up to is incredibly half-assed and underwhelming. It seems like he gave up 200 pages in and just had to rush it to his publisher. Furthermore, he stuffs his 280-page story with bland, shallow auxiliary characters, and it takes his recurring protagonist Heywood Floyd ...more
Aug 02, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 24, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want me to be completely honest, I enjoyed this book mostly better than the first two. The beginning, middle, and part of the end fit together extremely well and kept me guessing until a certain point. The main three things I didn't like about the book are that the beginning is boring, that the ending is abrupt and nothing about the second landing or the takeoff is written about, and that the monolith's warning was not enforced in any way. So, it was okay, but not perfect. It is still one ...more
Tuan Ho
So far, I think it's the weakest when compared with 2001 and 2010.

The story just isn't as exciting as it could be. Clarke drags it down with pointless hardcore science crap that frankly, only a nuclear scientist would get a hard-on reading about.

The pacing is all over the place.

But you can always rely on Arthur C. Clarke for his lyrical prose and his fantastic endings — this one just begs you to pick up 3001 to read right away!

And that's what I will do!
May 24, 2014 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Θεωρητικά καταλαβαίνω γιατί σε σχέση με τα άλλα βιβλία έχει χαμηλότερη βαθμολογία.
Σε σχέση με τα προηγούμενα δυο έχει λιγότερη αγωνία. Ίσως τελικά ο λόγος ύπαρξης του να είναι η μετάβαση από το 2010 στο 3001 (θα το δω όταν διαβάσω και το 3001).
Η προσωπική μου άποψη είναι ότι είναι πολύ καλογραμμένο (εννοείται), και ότι αν και δεν έχει την αγωνία που έχουν τα περισσότερα βιβλία του Clarke σε ρουφάει και δυστυχώς τελειώνει γρήγορα.
Jun 20, 2014 Abraão rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considero menos brilhante que os outros devido ao seu caráter ora político, ora metafísico. Contudo Clarke apresenta proposições futuristas que devem ser continuadas em 3001. Bem como a narrativa excelente a respeito da formação de vida e modificação de planetas. Ainda acrescento o pouso num cometa. Descrição excelente.
Adiciono que a surpreendente tríade final é explicativa de alguns fenômenos e vale a atenção aos detalhes.
Feb 19, 2016 Jena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2061 es la tercera entrega de la Odisea del Espacio, y es en la que el autor abiertamente confiesa cuál es la utilidad del Monolito. En 2001, aparece en la Luna, en la segunda Odisea de 2010, se encuentra flotando en el espacio de nuestro sistema solar y en esta tercera, 2061, se le descubre en uno de los satélites de Júpiter. Espero que en 3001, la Última Odisea, Arthur C. Clark nos diga quién los construyó, ya que al final dice que, el Monolito ha despertado, luego de 4 millones de años...
Mar 07, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me están gustando mucho estos libros. Cada uno tiene una revelación importante, no como el primer libro, ese estuvo completamente impresionante. Pero la manera en que terminan todos es de infartos. Y los descubrimientos que deja a medias, te deja con las ganas de más siempre. Clarke se está volviendo en uno de mis autores favoritos.
Apr 03, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
51 years have passed since the events of Odyssey Two. Halley's Comet is passing close to the Earth and Heywood Floyd is once again faced with the alien monoliths. But it is the 'transformed' Dave Bowman and computer, Hal, that might be his only chance of survival, if they haven't become aliens themselves. An excellent read and a must for all SF fans.
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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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