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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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City and the Stars is captivating and immense in scope. Arthur C Clarke weaves an ever expanding treat to the mind. A true classic that can be read over and over again.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, I highly recommend it! Didn't see the ending coming.Published 12 days ago by Peter A. Kazmir
Huge Arthur C. Clarke fan and this was the only major work of his that I hadn't read. Saved one of the best for last. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ricky H.
Fantastic book. Really, really liked it. I'm not usually into Sci-Fi, find it a bit of a chore to get through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher McDowski
only Clarke can write in this half-visionary, half-scientific fashion and make it feel real: convincing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JCM Jr
This is one of the greatest science fiction books ever written. You should also read Against the Fall of Night.Published 2 months ago by Carmen Scriptor
This is one of my favorite A.C.Clark novels. It's one of his earlier works but you can see the style emerging that made him the "Dean of SCIFI". Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Ivie
It is a very interest holding novel today even as it was when I first read it about fourty years ago.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer