Against the Fall of Night

Against the Fall of Night

eBook - 2012
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Living in the 10-billion-year-old city of Diaspar, Alvin is the last child born of humanity. He is intensely curious about the outside world. According to the oldest histories kept by the city fathers, however, there is no outside world-it was destroyed by the Invaders millions of years ago. One day, Alvin finds a rock with an inscription seemingly meant for him: "There is a better way. Give my greetings to the Keeper of the Records. Alaine of Lyndar." This cryptic message takes Alvin on a quest to discover humanity's true past-and its future. Originally published in the November 1948 issue of Startling Stories, Against the Fall of Night is a rich and intensely poetic vision of a distant future that's sure to delight fans of Clarke and science fiction as a genre.
Publisher: [United States] :, RosettaBooks :, 2012.
ISBN: 9780795324918
079532491X
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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LucasHill
Aug 06, 2017

A boy seeks the reason that Earth was laid to waste one billion years ago in his past. Very readable in the way only classic sci-fi is. Uses Clarke's frequently ideas of the necessity of humanity to explore space, the requirement that persons of logic must always buck staid thought, and that the universe is grander and more complex than we should expect. Clarke, like many classic age sci-fi writers, is not a master of believable characters or approachable dialogue, but his ideas still can't be beat.

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ISAAC RABINOVITCH
Feb 15, 2017

Uh, no, The City and The Stars is not an alternative title. It's the title of separate novel that's a serious rewrite of Against the Fall of Night.

theorbys Jun 20, 2012

AKA The City and the Stars this is a Golden Age classic. I reread it every decade or so and enjoy its poetics as much now as the first time, many many years ago. One of the 100 best science fiction novels ever.

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