What a disappointing conclusion to the Odyssey series! I have no objection to the miraculous retrieval and revival of Frank Poole, or even to the interesting - but totally inconsequential - descriptions of life in 3001. What frustrates me is the anti-climax where the monoliths are destroyed by - get this - a virus! An unfathomably ingenious device, designed by a civilization millions of years more advanced than Earth, gets disabled by a human-devised computer virus! Oh my Deus!!!
Ending a book in this way is cheap enough, but ending a classic saga like this - it's a crime! Sir Arthur C. Clarke, I'd rather you'd never written this final instalment......Continua
End of the Quartet. In a sense, a bit disappointed compare to the excitement of 2001.
However, in itself is a good SF. The many questions of the future were 'answered' Old friends reappear, and their destiny described. In a sense, like in chinese belief, good man got good ending.
I am yet wondering how this can be made into a movie.
In the prologue, a description of the masters of the monoliths were described and how they evolved into pure thoughts...I am not sure how Clarke may be influenced by his knowledge in Buddhist by living in Sri Lanka for such a long time. But it has strong accent of Buddhism.
In the end of the book , many old questions were answered by the author.
The most important point for me is his high regard of Chin XueShen......though he was regarded as the father of Space and Rocket and Science in China......I am not sure how is his real status to the outside world especially USA where he was expelled. In Clarke's description, obviously he was really esteemed even to an American and someone who really soaked in Space and advanced science.
It is even more remarkable that only one day after I finished this book , Master Tsien/Chin passed away. In the newspaper review, seems that he still resents his unwilling expulsion from USA...even at his 98 years old age.....echoing what Clarke described here.
I am not sure whether 2061 should be produced with funds from China.........in memory of Chin..or Clarke regarded as a friend of China,....like J Needham.? as it is the custom..