3001 The Final Odyssey
by Arthur C. Clarke
Review by Ernest Lilley
Del Rey Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0345438205
Date: October 1999 List Price $19.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
The final installment in the series that started with the sunrise over the monolith on the African plain ends with the release of Clarke's latest book. This book is a rare treasure, as the author's own output has diminished, and he has employed as he puts it "hired guns" to flesh out ideas with him. Like William Gibson, Clarke's future has changed substantially since he first envisioned it, and similarly, some of those changes have the effect of recanting the marvelous things to come. From official release/information:
Book Description: 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 . . .
(Source: Del Rey)