3001: The Final Odyssey (Space Odyssey, Bk 4)
3001 The Final Odyssey - Space Odyssey, Bk 4 Author:Arthur C. Clarke 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 de... more »puty 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.« less
OK. Clarke spends a bit too much time on non-plot items, as well as some social moralizing that I found off-putting. The plot is a bit thin as well, but it was somewhat interesting. The end notes were the best part of the book for me. Odd but true.
One Thousand years after the Jupiter Mission to explore the mysterious Monolith had been destroyed, after Dave Bowman was transformed into the star child, Frank poole drifted in space frozen and forgotten, leaving the supercomputer Hal inoperable. But now Poole has returned to life awakening in a world far different from the one he left behind- and just as the monolith may be stirring once again.