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Against the Fall of Night (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Vanamonde) by [Clarke, Arthur C.]
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Arthur C. Clarke is awesomely informed about physics and astronomy, and blessed with one of the most astounding imaginations ever encountered in print NEW YORK TIMES For many readers Arthur C. Clarke is the very personification of science fiction THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION Arthur C. Clarke is one of the truly prophetic figures of the space age ... The colossus of science fiction NEW YORKER

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Arthur C. Clarke is the world's best known and bestselling author of science fiction, winner of many awards and accolades for his writing.

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  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (November 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHGEHTC
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This is the precursor to the Clarke novel "City and the Stars". I originally read this while still in elementary school and it was the first sci-fi I had ever read. No other has ever topped it.
Clarke forms a world in the very distant future whose inhabitants live for hundreds of years on a ravaged planet earth in the oasis of the city. The city is an incredibly advanced utopia but an island of machines and somewhat bored inhabitants.
The main protaganist is the youngest member of the community who ventures out into a voyage of discovery and onto another community which has also survived the ravages of time. The reuniting of the two tribes of mankind each a distinct culture at opposite ends of the spectrum is problem and goal of "Against the Fall of Night".
This is science fiction storytelling at its best. A great story and a must have for all fans of the genre.
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Arthur C. Clarke's masterpiece The City and The Stars (which I'm glad to note is back in print, which is loooooong overdue), is, in fact, an extended version of this early Clarke masterpiece. The City and The Stars is widely considered one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written, and with good reason. And, although I would agree with Clarke in saying that the later novel is the better of the two, this is a certifiable masterpiece in itself. Most all science fiction is, inevitably, set in the future, but this book is set in the far, far, far future. The world Clarke posits is a logical one, and is great as both a story and a warning. Far from being a dystopia, the city of Diaspar in the book is the genuinely archetypal Utopia. It is into this stagnant, decadent setting that Clarke creates one of his grandest visions. This book is sweeping in its vision and its prose. Clarke has always had a deft poetic touch, and this story contains some of his most beautiful outpourings of words. An absolutely essential read for any science fiction fan, as is the novel that it bequeathed.
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As I understand it, Clarke started plotting this novel out early in WW2 before he volunteered for the RAF. This would then technically make it his earliest novel- even though it didn't get published until 1953 by the legendary Gnome Press (first of the dedicated science fiction publishing houses.)

Clarke would later feel compelled to extensively rewrite this novel and release it under a different title (The City and the Stars.) Personally I prefer this version. The Technology is set over a ten billion years into the future so a mere 50 years or so since it was first published doesn't really "date" it.

This book doesn't share the high degree of hard science fiction detail that you find in most of his books. The technology is so advanced (machines never break down and read your mind to know what you want of them)that it seems more like magic. In fact, there is a statement that there are no more engineers in the world of the future since once the master robots started building themselves- and everything else- they were no longer needed and engineers faded away. I can identify with that, why work a thankless, unappreciated, arduous pursuit like engineering if the machines can do it better?

The cosmic sweep of this novel over vast intervals of time and the entire universe reads more like an Olaf Stapledon novel (a British science fiction author that died in 1950 and whose works Clarke was no doubt familiar with.)

If you like old-fashion space operas about the lost glories of the galactic Empire this book still weaves that classic atmosphere.
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I first read this book when I was 7 years old (my Mom had left it lying around). You may think it's a little advanced for a 7-year old, and I would agree, but I was a good reader and it hooked me on Sci-Fi for the rest of my life.

Clarke rewrote this story many years later as "The City and the Stars", but I don't think it was as good as the original- more up-to-date, and more "scientific", perhaps, but this was a better yarn...
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When Arthur C. Clarke published this SciFi tale (serially in 1948, as a book in 1953), he set it a billion years in the future. At that distance, science fiction gains a lot of freedom and can be expected to age slowly, since few (!) readers will live to see whether the author's ideas touch on future reality. Against the Fall of Night (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Vanamonde) is a classic that, surprisingly, continues to be popular after its makeover, "The City and the Stars", was published in 1956. Each version of the story has its virtues.

"Against the Fall of Night" is the harder SciFi version. The City, Diaspar, has been a refuge for humanity for eons, and has achieved a worthwhile, stable society. However, the City's stability and the longevity of its citizens have come at the expense of human drive and innovation. Science and engineering long ago established a technological cocoon, and have disappeared from the City's modern pursuits. The book has two main elements. First, description of the nature of technology and society in Clarke's vision of the distant future. Second, the plot centers on explorations of its 20-year-old protagonist, Alvin, and the consequent disruptions that will apparently lead to renewed vigor and growth of humanity.

"Against..." helped to develop and popularize concepts such as vast computers, human space travel, machines that can reconstitute anything on demand (including people), faster-than-light travel (essential if humans are to gad about the universe), and both civilizations and intelligent beings enormously advanced beyond humankind.
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