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2061 (Space Odyssey Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur C. Clarke
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The third book in Clarke's beloved Space Odyssey series, 2061: Odyssey Three returns to Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monoliths and the alien intelligences behind them. Floyd is chosen as one of a handful of celebrity guests to witness the first manned touchdown on the surface of Halley's Comet on the privately-owned spaceship Universe.

But the touchdown is not fated to go as planned. On Jupiter's moon Europa, which has undergone a transformation after events at the end of 2010: Odyssey Two, scientists have spotted the sudden growth of a gigantic, asymmetrical mountain determined to be one single enormous diamond-a fragment of Jupiter's core. The Universe's sister ship, Galaxy, is hijacked and forced to crash into Europa's ocean-and the Universe is diverted from its original mission to rescue the crew.

In this book, Heywood Floyd must once again survive an encounter with HAL, David Bowman, and the mysterious monolith-building race with its own hidden agenda-that will shape the destiny of the human race.

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About the Author

Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’, ‘Childhood’s End’, ‘The City and the Stars’ and ‘Rendezvous With Rama’. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He passed away in March 2008.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (30 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #221,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine, but not worthy of the series 18 Oct. 2000
By A Customer
There's nothing wrong with this novel per se; it has an intriguing plot, and the scenes on Halley's Comet are interesting. The problem is that alongside the visionary brilliance of 2001 and 2010, a common-or-garden sci-fi thriller is not what the fans were looking for. People crash on Europa, have some adventures, see a bit of the local fauna, and then get rescued. End of story. Fine in itself, but it doesn't actually add anything to the central idea of the monoliths in the way that 2010 added to its predecessor. One cannot help suspecting financial motivations for its creation, although surely Clarke doesn't need the money?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey Three 18 July 2007
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Following on from 2001 and 2010 Clarke continues the adventures of Heywood Floyd for this third novel in the series, featuring a rendezvous with Halley's Comet and a crash-landing on Europa. If there is a criticism with this novel it's that the overarching mythos of the alien monoliths isn't really developed at all (the transformed Dave Bowman and HAL make the breifest of cameo appearances at the end), but Clarke keeps things moving with his basic but effective prose, and there's certainly enough space action to justify the 'space odyssey' tag. In terms of moving the series forward this is by no means essential, but it's still not a bad book, and those who have enjoyed the previous two installments should still find plenty to enjoy here.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2061 A Strange Odyssey 22 Aug. 2007
Non Spoiler Section:

This book is the third in the monolith series (2001/2010). It continues 50 years after the climactic and brilliant end of 2010. My problem with this book is that it is pointless and doesn't fit the series.

The story isn't overly coherent or seemingly complete, almost as if A.C.C had a 300 page limit and had to quickly wrap things up. The writing style is very different, much shorter chapters, every one with a little cliffhanger or reveal.

It has some great ideas, but that does not warrant this book. I have yet to read 3001, if it has good reviews then get this to complete the series, if not I'd stop at 2010.


Ok, so what's wrong with it? Hal and Bowman turn up for approx 2 pages. Heywood has no real relation to the story, in fact his trip to the comet never recieves a pay off later on. His becoming immortal made little sense in terms of the how, the why or the when.

The plot involving Europa, while more interesting, is closer to a thriller than an adventure. There's little climax to it all, the rescue is glossed over in a few words, the 'diamond' revelation appears early on in the script. The USSA 'intrigue' is not resolved. It's poor storytelling.

In regards to moving on the series plot, the cliffhanger is AWFUL, it's a sloppy one line at the end that has no reference to events before or it's ramifacations. The monoliths don't actually do anything at all in this book.

This story, to me, would make far more sense as a stand alone book than a "2010" sequal.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How to make a living... 4 Aug. 2000
A writer must write to earn his living. Doing a sequel, he sometimes violates whatever magic there once were in the beginning of that sequel. In my oppinion Clarke did that with this book (and also with RAMA II). The story goes on only 51 years after the new star Lucifer was turned on and with the message "All these planets..." still sounding in the ears of humans. The son of Dr. Floyd does the Buck Rogers thing (landing on Europa) and we - the readers - must follow the show / dramae like some over-sentimental soap opera. Not good, and it does not bring anything new to the saga!
At this point in time as a writer, it seems to me that Clarke writes one or two pages of text, then looks at it, says "hmm... OK!", gives it a suspense-heading (like "Downfall" or "Life!" or something) and calls the output a chapter. This is a book to read between bus-stops - a chapter is just the right size for that. But for serious readers, I don't think this book is good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed 15 Feb. 2008
I was so dissapointed when I first read 2061. While not a bad book, it just isn't a sequel to the previous two. Most of the story is completely irrelevant to the "Space Odyssey" universe, and I would dare to say that this is a novel that Clarke start writing and after a while he thought, "let's give a commercial title to it, say Odyssey Three". Sure, Clarke's unique style of writing is present, and as a person who read more than 10 of his novels, I would recognize his style with eyes closed. It's just the progression of the story that is so boring.

A good reason to read this (and maybe the only reason to do so), is to move on to "3001" after, which is a superior book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unfortuntaly average. 4 Mar. 2010
I really enjoyed 2001 and 2010 and was looking forward to reading 2061.

On the whole it is a good book with a catchy premise. 51 years after Lucifer erupts and Europa is declared of limits human greed and political intrigue lead to an accident that traps a vessel on Europa... "The monoliths are gonna be vexed." I hear you say... But no.
Dr Floyd rushes to the rescue and tries to deal with HALman to try and stop any repricussions.

Clarke doesn't fail to enthrall the reader with his epic descriptive paragraphs about Halley's comet and the surface of Europa, really pulling the reader into the universe but I found it lacking bite from the plot, there was no urgency for the rescue and it kind of peetered out before their arrival.

I was also left feeling a little cheated with the recycling of a couple of the chapters from 2010 and 2001 and I had a feeling half way through one page of Deja-vu before realising that i wasn't crazy and I HAD read the chapter before, But they were good chapters so worth reading again.

On the whole its a good book but as the other reviews have said it added very little to the overall 2001 universe and despite it being well written and enjoyable to read it felt like a conservatory on the house that Clarke had already built... Not overly necessary however nice it may be.
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Like all of ACC writing, it's excellent and a must read for fans of hard science fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A.C. turns another story in to a trilogy of unfinished business.
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Published 4 months ago by tencsboc
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purchased as a present for my son. He loves the book
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Kim S. Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars 256 pages of bland stodgy filler material with little meaningful plot.
256 pages of bland stodgy filler material with little meaningful plot. Having read 2001 and 2010 (both great novels) this came as a total and utter disappointment. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Clarke doing what he said he never would
...... Writing a sequel!
A very good one but I don't feel that the three follow on books do 2001 justice
Published 9 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book was given away as a gift....
Published 10 months ago by Mari
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not great
Being a A.C.C. fan, I was disappointed in the start and end of this book, but the bit between 30% to 90% of the book was very good. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Laserman59
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i am very happy with my purchase thank you
Published 11 months ago by Neil Shand
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Clarke
If you like Clarke you will like this. Not perhaps his most original book but a worthy complement to his 2001 series
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I had forgotten how much a brilliant writer he is. and how predictive of modern space travel issues before his time.
Published 13 months ago by sue
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