Bookends: Jan. 11, 1988

2061: ODYSSEY THREE

by Arthur C. Clarke

Ballantine; 279 pages; $17.95

The space explorers measure distance in light-years, but their creator employs more conventional units for time. The sequel to Arthur C. Clarke's 2001 took place only nine years later, in 2010. The latest adventure of the still ( youthful Heywood Floyd and his cybernetic companion, HAL the computer, occurs 51 years further on. As astronomers know, 2061 is the year Halley's comet is next scheduled to enter the inner solar system, providing a sequel of its own. Despite a soft landing on that astral body, the reappearance of the celebrated...

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