Arthur C. Clarke to write The Final Odyssey

Predrag L. Stojkov (
Sat, 8 Jun 1996 04:48:44 -0400 (EDT)


Arthur C. Clarke to write The Final Odyssey

Arthur C. Clarke has finally begun work on the
concluding volume to his four-part series that began with the classic,
2001: A Space Odyssey. Clarke and Del Rey books announced a deal last
month that gives Del Rey the hardcover and paperback rights to the novel,
entitled 3001: The Final Odyssey.

"This new work will discard many of the elements of its
precursors, but develop others -- and I hope more important ones -- in
much greater detail," Clarke said. "I've never had so much fun writing,
and the ideas are pouring out."

Ironically, Clarke's progress on the novel was slowed by
the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster. The Challenger was to have
launched the Jupiter-bound space probe Galileo. Without the data
transmissions about Jupiter from Galileo, Clarke could not continue his
work. He had to wait for the successful launch of the probe some years

Predrag L. Stojkov