* {{Sequelitis}}: The Space Odyssey novels arguably decline in quality with each installment. ''2061'' had many of the same kinds of tiresome scenes about hanging out with celebrities that ''[[RendezvousWithRama Rama II]]'' did, and ''3001'' was widely criticized for bringing Frank Poole [[DeathIsCheap back from the dead]], making the [[AliensAreBastards aliens malicious]], ripping off the "computer virus" idea from ''Film/IndependenceDay''[[note]]Not only that, but in the introduction to ''3001'', Clarke actually cites the arrival of the spaceships in that film as being like ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd'', which really is a pretty loose comparison.[[/note]], and being an [[ItsShortSoItSucks unusually short novel]] whose length was padded out by being printed in large type.