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3001 : the final odyssey /

by Clarke, Arthur Charles.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1997Edition: 1st ed.Description: viii, 263 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0345315227 :.Title notes: c.1 $25.00 3-97Other title: Three thousand one; Final odyssey.Subject(s): Science fiction
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It began four million years ago when a gleaming black monolith cast its shadow on the stark African savanna *an inexplicable apparition that ignited the spark of human consciousness, transforming ape into man. It continued at the dawn of the 21st century when an identical black monolith was excavated on the moon *propelling Dave Bowman and his deputy Frank Poole on a mission to Jupiter that ended in the mutiny of the supercomputer HAL. Only Dave Bowman would survive to encounter a third, and far more massive monolith on Jupiter's moon Europa *and be forever transformed into the star child. It is the world of 2001: A Space Odyssey. And now, the odyssey enters its perilous ultimate stage. In 3001, the human race, incredibly, has survived, yet lives in baffled fear of the trio of monoliths that dominate the solar system--until a ray of light beams forth from a totally unexpected source. The body of Frank Poole, believed dead for a thousand years, is recovered from the frozen reaches of the galaxy, restored to conscious life, and readied to resume the voyage that HAL abruptly terminated a thousand years back. He knows he cannot proceed until he reestablishes contact with Dave Bowman. But first he must fathom the terrifying truth of what Bowman *and HAL *have become inside the monolith. In 3001: The Final Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke brings the greatest and most successful science fiction series of all time to its magnificent, stunningly unforeseen conclusion. As we hurtle toward the new millennium in real time, Clarke brilliantly, daringly leaps one thousand years into the future to reveal a truth we are only now capable of comprehending. An epic masterpiece at once dazzlingly imaginative and grounded in scientific actuality, 3001 is a story that only Arthur C. Clarke could tell.

"A Del Rey book"--T.p. verso.

c.1 $25.00 3-97

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue: The Firstborn (p. 3)
  • I. Star City
  • 1. Comet Cowboy (p. 9)
  • 2. Awakening (p. 14)
  • 3. Rehabilitation (p. 16)
  • 4. A Room with a View (p. 24)
  • 5. Education (p. 31)
  • 6. Braincap (p. 36)
  • 7. Debriefing (p. 45)
  • 8. Return to Olduvai (p. 53)
  • 9. Skyland (p. 56)
  • 10. Homage to Icarus (p. 67)
  • 11. Here Be Dragons (p. 73)
  • 12. Frustration (p. 78)
  • 13. Stranger in a Strange Time (p. 82)
  • II. Goliath
  • 14. A Farewell to Earth (p. 93)
  • 15. Transit of Venus (p. 99)
  • 16. The Captain's Table (p. 108)
  • III. The Worlds of Galileo
  • 17. Ganymede (p. 119)
  • 18. Grand Hotel (p. 123)
  • 19. The Madness of Mankind (p. 129)
  • 20. Apostate (p. 137)
  • 21. Quarantine (p. 142)
  • 22. Venture (p. 147)
  • IV. The Kingdom of Sulfur
  • 23. Falcon (p. 151)
  • 24. Escape (p. 154)
  • 25. Fire in the Deep (p. 158)
  • 26. Tsienville (p. 163)
  • 27. Ice and Vacuum (p. 169)
  • 28. The Little Dawn (p. 175)
  • 29. The Ghosts in the Machine (p. 178)
  • 30. Foamscape (p. 183)
  • 31. Nursery (p. 186)
  • V. Termination
  • 32. A Gentleman of Leisure (p. 193)
  • 33. Contact (p. 201)
  • 34. Judgment (p. 203)
  • 35. Council of War (p. 207)
  • 36. Chamber of Horrors (p. 212)
  • 37. Operation DAMOCLES (p. 220)
  • 38. Preemptive Strike (p. 223)
  • 39. Deicide (p. 228)
  • 40. Midnight: Pico (p. 234)
  • Epilogue (p. 237)
  • Sources and Acknowledgments (p. 238)
  • Valediction (p. 257)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Clarke, who began this now classic sf series with a short story, 2001: A Space Odyssey (made into an OscarR-winning film in 1968), brings us to the end of that long journey with this work. In 2001, a black monolith brings about the dawn of human consciousness and begins the evolutionary process that transforms ape into man. At the dawn of the 21st century, an identical monolith is uncovered on the moon that points the way to Jupiter. Dave Bowman and Frank Poole, astronauts aboard Discovery, and the computer HAL begin that long voyage. Only Bowman survives to encounter a third monolith on Jupiter's moon Europa. This encounter transformed him into something more and less than human. 3001 begins with the startling discovery of Poole, who is revived after his 1000-year sleep. Awakened into a world he never made, Poole struggles with the inhabitants of the Earth society into which he is reborn. Humans now reside not only on Earth but in awe-inspiring towers that reach beyond the atmosphere. They also have intellectual capabilities never dreamed of in Poole's time. But they live in dread of the three monoliths that dominate the solar system. Poole becomes their last hope for answers to the questions that the enigmatic monoliths pose. Clarke's prose, always grounded in science, has the uncanny ability to inspire a sense of awe. The mystery of the monoliths and their relationship to humanity is finally revealed, as is the transformed nature of Bowman and HAL. This is another fascinating journey by an unparalleled master in the sf world, and while this work is subtitled The Final Odyssey, Clarke does leave the door slightly ajar‘maybe we'll be treated to 4001: The New Beginning. Highly recommended.‘Roxanna Herrick, Washington Univ. Lib., St. Louis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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