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The City and the Stars Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1991
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Against this background we find Alvin, the first truly new citizen in Diasper in seven thousand years, born without any memories of prior existences, to whom, without any preset thought biases, all things are open to question. When he starts to question the origin of Diasper and ask what exists outside the city, he is met with rebuff and ostracism. Persisting in his questions, he eventually finds a way to leave Diasper and travel to Lys. The things he learns there and the additional questions provoked by this knowledge eventually lead to things far beyond the Earth and a complete revision of 'known' history, with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance.Read more ›
This is not "gadget SF", where the plot turns on clever use of some little-known technical gizmo. Nor is it "hard SF" that delves deeply into the domain of hard chemistry or physics to drive the story. Instead, this is a "big picture" novel.
A million years pass. A billion years. What happens to the human race? What social impacts might occur after every question we know how to ask has been answered? How might people live when advanced science begins to resemble our conception of magic? This is speculative fiction at its finest, and my favorite Clarke novel.
This is the story of Alvin, the first child to be born in over a million years in the great city of Diaspar, man's greatest and last city. But Alvin is different than his peers, because he alone in all of Diaspar is not pathologically afraid of the notion of leaving Diaspar, or of venturing into outer space. And thus Alvin's explorations, and the novel's story, begin. A great yarn with a startling and inspiring ending.
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One of my favorite books and couldn't find a reasonably-priced hard copy or at B&N. Very happy to have it again! Arthur C. Clarke was a phenomenal writer!Published 1 day ago by Robinn
Great adventure story. Intriguing, exciting, and hard to put down. Besides being a futuristic thrill, it also is a look at human behavior. Read morePublished 1 month ago by postpunkweaselman
Another great story from Clarke. A compelling combination of science and fiction. Highly recommended if you like his other worksPublished 1 month ago by nick kozis
This is one of the most famous classics in science fiction history. This book has earned its excellant reputation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tony Marquise Jr.
Classic Arthur C Clarke book that leaves you dreaming for more. Is this an alternate universe or our future?Published 2 months ago by Mark Kadel
I first read this book back in the 1970s. I enjoyed it back then. And now forty odd years later, I have read it a second time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Geoffrey F. Arnold