It looks as though Arthur C. Clarkes 3001 – The Final Odyssey may be making it’s way on to the big screen.
I am a huge Clarke fan, so this is great news. But what ever happened to 2061, Odyssey Three?
There are four books in the series. 2001 – A Space Odyssey, 2010 – Odyssey Two, 2061 – Odyssey Three, and 3001 – The Final Odyssey.
If you ever read the introduction to 3001, you’ll know that Clarke never intended to write 3001. He felt that the story was complete, the monoliths explained, and he had no hook for another book. Ultimately, he was talked into writing a final sequel. Thank god. 3001 is a great book.
This is where it gets messy. If they’re going to make a motion picture sequel to 2001 and 2010, why not make 2061?
Kubricks 2001 was a masterpiece. It was a visual pleasure. The story, that was fairly faithful to the book, centered around a monolith found on the moon, and later a bigger monolith found around Jupiter (In the book, the monolith was actually to be found near Iapetus, a moon of Saturn, but Stanley Kubrick didn’t believe special effects at the time could accurately depict Saturn and its rings). All the while, “Hal 9000”, the spaceships computer, goes berserk.
2010 – Odyssey Two, was actually made into a movie. It was fairly entertaining for a Clarke fan like me, but needless to say nowhere near the leviathan of motion picture sci-fi that 2001 was already then (2010 was made in 1984, 2001 was made in 1968).
The movie followed the book more so than 2001 (which was ultimately its main flaw) and further elaborated on the story of the monolith, the re-born Hal, and what really happened at the end of 2001.
2061 – Odyssey Three, was one of my favourites of the series. The plot centered around the mysterious moon of Europa, a mystery that was hinted at, but never explained neither in the 2010 book or movie. I’ll try not to reveal too much, suffice to say “we” were forbidden to visit Europa in 2010. In 2061, “we” have to, by accident.
The true nature of the monoliths, if I remember the story correctly, was truly revealed in 2061.
The main reason I liked this book, was because of the way it described the exploration of a world, much in the same way my all-time favourite Clarke book, “Rendezvouz with Rama” did.
3001 – The Final Odyssey, leapfrogs almost a thousand years in to the future. How so you ask? Well, I hope you have all seen or read 2001, otherwise this will spoil it for you. 2001, the astronaut Frank Poole was killed by Hal. He was ejected into space. 3001 picks up Frank Poole, preserved at absolute zero, and resurrects him with technology a millenium more advanced than ours.
This, last book in the series, draws on what we learned about the monoliths in 2061, and uses this to present a new and interesting twist, with regards to the monoliths.
In other words, 2061 is required reading prior to 3001. This is why I would like to see a 2061 movie before a 3001.
It may just be my protectionism towards my favourite sci-fi author. After all—they could just tell 2061 as a backstory or flashback in 3001…
… but not without making it a Hollywood movie. And that’s the last thing I want to see 3001 turn into.