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Excerpt from the Introduction, read by Arthur C. Clarke
Excerpt from Chapter One


"3001: The Final Odyssey has an eerie and compelling plausibility."
--Business Week

It began four million years ago with a gleaming black monolith--an inexplicable apparition that ignited the spark of human consciousness, transforming ape into man.

It continued at the dawn of the twenty-first century when an identical black monolith was excavated on the moon--beginning the adventures of Dave Bowman, his deputy Frank Poole, and 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, fearful of the trio of monoliths that dominate the solar system. Then a single hope flickers. The body of Frank Poole, believed dead for a thousand years, is recovered from the frozen reaches of the galaxy. Poole is restored to conscious life and readied to resume the voyage that HAL abruptly terminated a thousand years ago. He knows he can't proceed without 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 unforeseen conclusion. Clarke brilliantly leaps one thousand years into the future to reveal a truth we can only now comprehend. An epic masterpiece, at once dazzlingly imaginative and grounded in scientific fact, 3001 is a story that only Arthur C. Clarke could tell.


"A fascinating picture of our future: cities atop needlelike towers that extend into space, the colonization of Venus, the pacification of humanity, and the abolition of religion."

"Science-fiction master Arthur C. Clarke has taken generations of readers to the far and lonely reaches of the universe."
--USA Today

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--The New York Times Book Review

"From the moment I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. 3001: The Final Odyssey is a tour de force that finally answers the questions that sparked the imaginations of an entire generation."
--Buzz Aldrin

"3001 is interesting and enjoyable, worth the price and worth the wait."
--San Diego Union-Tribune

"Clarke's agile imagination stretches our notions of how things can be, should be, and might be in man's unfolding destiny. The novel is a torrent of challenging ideas."
--Roger Ebert

"Arthur C. Clarke's 3001: The Final Odyssey is witty, provocative and scary, a triumphant reaffirmation of his position as the dean of science fiction writing."
--Larry Collins

"A satisfying conclusion to the series . . . It is tightly constructed and stands well in its own right."
--Rocky Mountain News

Arthur C. Clarke is considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time and is an international treasure in many other ways, including the fact that an article by him in 1945 led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Mr. Clarke--both fiction and nonfiction--have more than one hundred million copies in print worldwide. He lives in Sri Lanka.

READ CHAPTER ONE | 2010 | 2061