I wasn't as disappointed by 3001
as many other people. Frank Poole
is found in deep space and brought back to life (he was cryogenically frozen
, so it isn't that hard to work out). He spends a lot of time finding out about the development of society in the Third Millenium
, and then saves humanity.
The first two-thirds of the novel is pretty interesting, as long as you think of it as Arthur Clarke's summary of his dream of the future. Unfortunately, Clarke felt obligated to include a plot in his book, and so he tacked on a story about the monolith to finish it off. He would have been better off publishing the beginning on its own as a sort of travelogue of the future, or taking the time to write a story big enough to be proportionate to the intro--this would have tripled the size of the book, but would have been an improvement.
As long as you don't expect to read a conventional novel, you'll find this book to be about as rewarding as 2010 and a lot better than 2061 (which still doesn't make any sense to me).