I’m a big fan of Arthur C. Clarke’s phenomenal Space Odyssey series (which all self-respecting sci-fi fans should be). The problem is it has taken me years to get around to it.
It all started with the film adaptation (well parallel story) of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The characters, beautiful shots, mesmerising music, and bizarreness of it all captivated me.
Earlier this year, I managed to stumble upon a second-hand copy of 2010: Odyssey Two, which I consumed within a matter of days — that’s not the norm for me. It both did and didn’t continue the storylines from the 2001 movie and book. Upon completing it, I had to watch the movie as well.
I’ve had the fourth book in the series, 3001: The Final Odyssey, sitting in my collection for a few years now. I’ve always wanted to get around to it, but I was missing that crucial third book. Sure, each novel can’t necessarily be considered a sequel, but I still wanted to know what happened between 2010 and 3001 before delving into the last chapter.
A few nights ago I finally secured a copy of 2061: Odyssey Three and have been pouring through its pages ever since. I can only read a few pages a night thanks to a stressful day-job, but it’s what I look forward to every night now.
I can honestly say that Clarke is one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time and this series is proof of that. His use of realistic technology woven in with the fantastical creates a gripping story with life-like characters.
It inspires me to write my own science fiction stories one day.