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2061 : Odyssey Three : The Space Odyssey Series - Arthur C Clarke

2061 : Odyssey Three

The Space Odyssey Series

Paperback Published: 3rd November 1997
ISBN: 9780586203194
Number Of Pages: 304

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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".

Clarke's Odyssey yarns, like Herbert's Dune and Asimov's Foundation, have been self-perpetuating if, thus far, unimpressive. The far superior Kubrick movie overshadowed 2001; 2010 was inventive but flatly undramatic. This, happily, is the most gripping and stimulating entry to date. Savvy readers will be tipped off by the title date: yes, Halley's comet is returning to the inner solar system. Aboard state-of-the-art spaceship Universe, a crew of scientists - including Heywood Floyd, now ancient but still fit, thanks to years of low-gravity living - will rendezvous with, and land on, Halley's comet. Meanwhile, astronomers in the Jupiter system observe the appearance of a huge, enigmatic mountain on the moon Europa. (Readers will recall that, in 2010, the intelligence controlling the ubiquitous monoliths turned Jupiter into a mini-sun in order to foster the development of intelligent life on Europa; humans were warned to keep off.) Then, a ship touring the Jovian moons is forced to crash-land on Europa by a fanatical Afrikaner saboteur. Why? Well, the embittered, vengeful Afrikaners (booted out of South Africa) have learned that the mountain on Europa is made of - pure diamond! (An irresistible prize as far as the Afrikaners are concerned.) Ship Universe speeds to the rescue - but what of the ban against landing on Europa? Will the still-mysterious, immensely powerful monoliths interfere? With starchild Dave Bowman and computer Hal waiting in the wings, Clarke provides intriguing and satisfying answers. The all-round best Odyssey so far. Indeed, Clarke, with an absorbing blend of scientific extrapolation and events that generate their own tension, has returned to something like Vintage form after years in the fictional doldrums. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780586203194
ISBN-10: 0586203192
Series: Space Odyssey
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 3rd November 1997
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 10.9 x 17.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.16

Arthur C. Clarke


About the Author


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. His collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey set new standards for SF films, and he has also presented the television series Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World and its successors.

Clarke was a graduate of King's College, London where he obtained First Class Honours in Physics and Mathematics. He was a past Chairman of the British Interplanetary Society, a member of the Academy of Astronautics, the Royal Astronomical Society, and many other scientific organizations.

Author of over fifty books, his numerous awards include the 1961 Kalinga Prize, the AAAS-Westinghouse science writing prize, the Bradford Washburn Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for his novel Rendezvous With Rama. Clarke also won the Nebula Award of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1972, 1974 and 1979, the Hugo Award of the World Science Fiction Convention in 1974 and 1980, and in 1986 became Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He was awarded the CBE in 1989.

Sir Arthur C Clarke died March 18th 2008 in his adopted home of Sri Lanka.

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