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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. And I felt in the mood for some classic science fiction. The story begins in an isolated, self-contained city, Diaspar.
In this distant future, social structures, political structures, and even the biology of the characters has long disconnected from our own. Life is all too stable and idyllic in Diaspar. The people of Diaspar know little to nothing of the Earth outside the city, and, in fact, show little curiosity about it or even their own history. Their lives are cyclic, being electronically infused into new fully grown bodies in life after life, with a kind of hamster-wheel feel. The plot involves the threat of destabilization. And here I liked very much the inherent monkey wrench that Clarke threw into the carefully planned life of Diaspar.
And there is, for Clarke, I think, an odd compression of the end of the story. The speech outlines a story I would have liked to have read, as played out in a novel itself. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
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This book has not aged well, if it ever were good. A random plot, if you even can call it one. Things happen, and Alvin solves all problems, because Alvin is great. It's about a teenager, as if written by a teenager. It's a billion years into the future, but people are still surprised when speech recognition works. I think that the billion years into the future thing is what I have the hardest time accepting, it's mentioned over and over again, but at the same time there is no reflection on how much would have had to happen over that time period.
Mountains would have eroded and new continents would have formed, but it's as if everything has been on pause. A thousand years would have been enough to convey to the reader that a long time had passed, but instead it had to be the ludicrous number a billion. In the end everyone blindly trusts the words of a stranger and decides to over night rewrite their history and change their way of life, they've only cemented it over a billion years, but whatever.
The City and The Stars by Clarke, Arthur C
Even a billion years in the future, humankind can fall into relatively dark ages where life falls into static patterns and man's spirit withers. Clarke envisions mankind having fallen into two cultural niches, each limited by their own approaches to life. Diaspar, a city in which some 10 million people lives have been extended by technology to years, and each life ends when its personality is encoded into a nearly omnipotent computer for later reincarnation, has become the womb of humanity.
Earth itself has become a desert and Diaspar believes it is the only human remnant. However, another culture has survived in Lys, where human lifetimes are short and intense. The hero of this story is Alvin, a Unique, i. Alvin is free of some of the cultural boundaries that limit Diasparans and, in particular, he is a free spirit who cannot resist the lure of experiences beyond the city.
His explorations of the world outside and their consequences for Diaspar, Lys, and the future of humanity are the central features of the plot. The former version has a very tightly focused plot dealing mainly with two aspects of the distant future: 1 description of the nature of technology and society in Clarke's vision of the distant future and 2 the explorations of its year-old protagonist, Alvin, and the consequent disruptions that will apparently lead to renewed vigor and growth of humanity.
This version adds significantly in areas of psychology, sociology, and philosophy. This expansion elaborates on the motivations of the main characters and the cultures and increases the amount of food for thought.
The City and the Stars (Millennium SF Masterworks S)
This novel "is perhaps his most characteristic and most enduring. Anatomy of Wonder II Mild foxing to page edges, rear paste-down foxed, a very good or better copy in very good good dust jacket with mild wear at upper spine end, rubbed corner tips, and some general light tanning. The jacket presents well overall. Seller: L. Currey, Inc. Published: . Early printing, Bright blue cloth, gilt titles at spine, blue-green topstain. Book very good plus with a few waterspots and fading to topstain.
DJ also very good plus with rubbing, wear to spine-ends. First edition.. First edition, first impression. Arthur C. Clarke was a British science fiction writer and inventor, who is widely regarded as a key figure in the popularisation of space travel. His screenplay for the film A Space Odyssey, which was co-written with Stanley Kubrick, is considered to be one of the most influential films of all time. The City and the Stars is a complete rewrite of Clarke's first novel, Against the Fall of Night, written by Clarke to show the improvement in his writing style.
Condition: In a blue cloth binding in the original unclipped dustwrapper. Externally smart, with some wear to the extremities and some slight bumping to the head and tail of the spine. Book is slightly cocked. Hinges slightly strained but firm. Dustwrapper is sound with chipping and closed tears to the extremities, including some loss to the head and tail of the spine.
Handling marks to the wrap. Evidence of adhesive tape removal to the flyleaves. Internally generally firmly bound. Scattered spotting, heavier to the first and last few pages and the fore-edge. Overall Condition: Good in a Good Only dustwrapper. Flik Diverse Edition: 1. MT London: Corgi Books, May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Clarke Spectra, Mass Market Paperback. Like New.
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Used - Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Clarke Gollancz. Former Library book. Used - Very Good. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Noticeably used book. Heavy wear to cover. Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting.
9781857987638 - The City and the Stars (Millennium SF Masterworks S) by Arthur C Clarke
Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, and dust jackets may not be included. Gollancz Classic SF 5, A billion years into the future, Earth's oceans have evaporated-and humanity has all but vanished. The inhabitants of the City of Diaspar believe theirs is the last city-but there is no way to find out for sure.. Clarke - Signet Books, Classic Science Fiction. Soft Cover. Seller: Infospec Published: Condition: Good.
Has some wear. Five star seller - Buy with confidence! Orion Pub Co. Thank you for supporting our small, family-owned business! New Ed. Very mild shelfwear. Hardcover and dust jacket. Good binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Show all copies. Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. Make an Offer.
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