3001: The final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

3001 the Final Odyssey

Over the years, I’ve read most of Arthur C. Clarke’s books including the 2001, 2010 and 2061 series. I didn’t know this book existed and was pleasantly surprised that I could add this to my collection. Reading ACC books is usually a joy, though I tried reading one of his first Sci-Fi books and couldn’t stomach it. If you read 2001: A Space Odyssey, you’ll recall that HAL killed astronaut Frank Poole before trying to dispatch Dave Bowman who escaped and was transformed by the monolith. We begin with a space salvage operation recovering the body of Frank Poole who, thanks to the marvels of technology in the 4th millennium, is brought back to life. Imagine how you would feel if you woke up 1000 years in the future? ACC notes how someone from 1001 who woke up in 2001 would experience extreme culture shock. Frank experiences a similar, though not as extreme, immersion into 3001 since the technology of 2001 was heavily electronic. And then there’s what’s become of Dave Bowman. Read on!

Availability:  COSMOS, USMAI
Review Submitted by:  James Tyler Bell
Rating:  Highly Recommended
Challenge:  Book with a number in the title

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