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2061: Odyssey Three Paperback – 4 Dec 2000
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Arthur C.Clarke's space saga contines in 2061, when an Earth vessel landing on Halley's Comet marks the beginning of another confrontation between Heywood Floyd and David Bowman - or whatever Bowman has become - a newly independent HAL and the unseen alien power that controls the destiny of Earth. Arthur C.Clarke, one of most popular science fiction writers of the 20th century, has written over 50 books including "The City and the Stars", "Rendezvous with Rama", "Childhood's End", "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "2010: Odyssey Two".
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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 passed away in March 2008.
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Ok, so without a doubt this book is by far the worst in the Odyssey series. However because this is Clarke we are talking about, that means that it is still pretty good! I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes the preceding two books and want to complete the series. Whether you actually NEED to read it before 3001 is open for debate, however it does set up certain aspects of the story which role into 3001 so I suppose read on if you want that added depth. My main criticism, and I suspect that this is why some other reviews are less than keen is that while 2001 and 2010 have this great overarching cosmic mystery about the obelisks and their creators 2061 is much more closer to home and the comparatively more mundane personal relationships and crises of those within our solar system. So temper your expectations but if you enjoyed the series so far it is certainly a nice read before the excellent finale.
what is it with Mr Clarke. Yes we all owe him a massive debt of gratitude for the satellite and comms world we live in. No doubt of it.
But we also have to thank him for the unfinished......thought, idea, sentence? -
Its really annoying when he starts something brilliant and then doesn't finish it. This is not the only example of his writing where the initial concept was staggering and the possibilities were tantalisingly hinted at and laid out before us. however, rather than give us a complete, finished, rounded piece of work he is quite content to either leave it hanging.......or just churn out more in the same vein and then leave it hanging.
If you're happy with the 'journey' and actually like inconclusive endings then A.C.'s your man.
Don't misunderstand me I love his books and his ideas - I just wish one of them could be concluded. Perhaps it's me and I'm just not capable of seeing the ending. Or then again it is a great money spinning M.O. to maximise the return on one idea.
ACID TEST: Would I advise someone to read this - NOT if they wanted a reveal/explanation etc