2061: Odyssey Three Themes
by Arthur C. Clarke

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2061: Odyssey Three Themes

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

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The novel carries common themes of Clarke's science fiction: exploring the place of humans in the universe; learning to extend the life span of an individual human being; using technology to improve the quality of life for society encountering extraterrestrial life forms, both primitive and superior to humans; adapting lifestyles and even evolving into transformed beings with more extensive powers in the context of travel to new environments in the solar system and galaxy.