A novel by Arthur C. Clarke
(1998, Ballentine Books)
The Odyssey Tetrology, book 4
Frank Poole is revived in 3001, and experiences all the wonderful
things that year has to offer him, as the monolith receives a message
from its masters.
Read August 31st to September 1st, 1999
Once again, the inconsistencies were bothersome. I kept
waiting for Floyd to appear in spectral form to do something. This
book seemed simply to be a showcase for Clarke's vision of a future.
The city in orbit was really neat, but it was shown in exposition rather
than having a useful purpose. The arbitrary way in which people
are allowed to land on Europa was annoying also. The concepts were novel
enough to keep the book mildly interesting, but not enough to hold interest
for hours on end. Any movie made of this one would be quite dull.
I have trouble believing humanity could change so much, even with 1000
years of progress, so that their ideology would not even be familiar.
Ah, well... To see a good version of the space elevator, read Kim Stanley
Robinson's Green Mars and Blue