The City And The Stars

The City And The Stars

Arthur C. Clarke / Jan 29, 2020
The City And The Stars Clarke s masterful evocation of the far future of humanity considered his finest novel
  • Title: The City And The Stars
  • Author: Arthur C. Clarke
  • ISBN: 9780575056756
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Clarke s masterful evocation of the far future of humanity, considered his finest novel.
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      • Arthur C. Clarke

        Arthur C Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956 He is best known for the novel and movie 2001 A Space Odyssey, which he co created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.Clarke was a graduate of King s College, London where he obtained First Class Honours in Physics and Mathematics He is past Chairman of the British Interplanetary Society, a member of the Academy of Astronautics, the Royal Astronomical Society, and many other scientific organizations.Author of over fifty books, his numerous awards include the 1961 Kalinga Prize, the AAAS Westinghouse science writing prize, the Bradford Washburn Award, and the John W Campbell Award for his novel Rendezvous With Rama Clarke also won the Nebula Award of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1972, 1974 and 1979, the Hugo Award of the World Science Fiction Convention in 1974 and 1980, and in 1986 became Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America He was awarded the CBE in 1989.


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    1. I have neglected Sir Arthur C Clarke for far too long Way back when I started reading science fiction I tended to read of other two authors from the group commonly known as Big Three of science fiction , these other two being Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov I felt their works were somehow flamboyant and entertaining As for Sir Arthur I read may be three of his books as I found his writing a little too dry and his science was beyond my ken Now decades later other sf readers are still going on [...]



    2. Nevjerojatno koliko je ovo romanti no itati Pisana 1956 i dok sam ju itao 4 puta kroz glavu su mi letjele sve one knjige koje su napisane poslije ovoga Svaki veliki SF pisac barem je malo maznuo iz Grada i Zvijezda Prolazak Alvina kroz ne razvijene svjetove, arolija je inspiracije Kakva pionirska knjiga A zadnja re enica Ali negdje drugdje zvijezde su jo bile mlade i jutarnje rumenilo se ukazivalo a putem kojim je nekada hodao, ovjek e jednog dana ponovno zakora iti pokazuje Clarkovu vjeru u ovj [...]


    3. In Higher Speculations, a book I unsuccessfully keep recommending to people, Helge Kragh has an exasperated chapter on the subject sometimes referred to as physical eschatology the so called scientific forecasting of the very distant future, where people, apparently seriously, discuss whether life will be possible 10 to the something or other years from now, when all the stars have run down and the black holes have evaporated due to Hawking radiation or whatever The problem, of course, is that o [...]


    4. When beauty is universal, it loses its power to move the heart, and only its absence can produce an emotional effect p 32 In Diaspar, the echoes of the past permeate the present According to the legends, man had traipsed across the galaxies and conquered the stars Our spread across the cosmos, aided though it was by technological marvels unfathomed in earlier ages, eventually was terminated by a tragic encounter with an advanced race known only as the Invaders After a series of devastating confl [...]


    5. 4.0 to 4.5 stars Another superb novel by one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time One of Clarke s earlier works, this is actually a re write of book Against the Fall of Night 33841 and thus does not read like an early novel Well written and full of BIG, BIG ideas it is classic Clarke Set billions of years in the future, this is the story of a stagnant society, disconnected from the rest of the galaxy that, with the help of the main character, rediscovers it s place in the universe [...]


    6. This hardcover edition is copy 40 of 250 produced and is signed by Robert Silverberg Introduction Bob Eggleton, Who produced the cover and interior illustrations.


    7. Such a nice written book, this, by Arthur C Clarke The ideas, and their intensity, even the language at several places, used in this book surpasses at least fifteen of his other titles that I have read so far Having published this book in 1956 is a great achievement I would say considering the imagination involved that passes a billion years into the future, by not involving simply humanity, but goes as wide as outside of space and time at one moment This one surpasses everything there are just [...]


    8. Ceva lipse te n acest Univers se l s noaptea Umbrele se lungeau c tre un est ce n avea s mai cunoasc al i zori Dar altundeva, stelele erau nc tinere i lumina dimine ii z bovea i ntr o bun zi, Omul urma s porneasc iar i pe drumul str b tut c ndva


    9. Kada bi Zil Vern, Asimov i Tolkin seli da zajedno napisu knjigu, zamisljam da bi ovako izgledala Najbolja sf knjiga koju sam procitao


    10. The City and the Stars has tremendous personal appeal in my universe This was the first Science Fiction book I can remember reading as a young girl Science fiction soon became a genre that I enjoyed and Arthur C Clarke had become a mainstay I have wanted to reread this book for several years since joining gr to see how the book stands up to the test of time and forming minds view spoiler A brief synopsis Diaspar is a domed city on earth billions of years in the future The oceans have dried up an [...]


    11. Originally published on my blog here in June 2008.I had the impression that in my teenage years I read pretty much all of Arthur C Clarke s output to that date Yet I managed to miss The City and the Stars, one of his best known novels, until I picked up a copy in a secondhand bookshop recently I went off Clarke after a while, which explains not picking up on this omission earlier Far in the future, when humanity s galactic empire has risen and fallen, and alien invaders have pushed us back to th [...]


    12. The City and The Stars Restless in a perfect future city Also posted at Fantasy Literature This a rewrite of his first book Against the Fall of Night first published in 1948 in Startling Stories There are plenty of adherents of the original version, but the revised version is pretty good too As one of his earlier classic tales, this one features many familiar genre tropes A far future city called Diaspar, where technology is so sophisticated it seems like magic, a young well not exactly, but clo [...]


    13. Zbog ovakvih sam knjiga nekada davno zavolio sfkada sam ju citao u nekoj kracoj formi i bila mi je isto dobra ali sad me bas pravo obgrlila Citajuci knjigu, prolazilo mi je kroz glavu u kako sjebanom vremenu sad zivimo i kako se nekada vjerovalo u Covjeka, i onako pravo te deprimira, al eto mozda je zato sf ovdje, da i dalje vjerujemo u Covjeka


    14. Clarke uses the classic A B A storytelling format for two different cities, A and B A ennui B learning A again add learning to ennui equals stuff We see this often in literature Rude Vile Pigs by Leo X Robertson is another shining example.So good that I ll let him off with telling me his protagonist s feelings like EVERY TIME or ending chapters with stuff like She just made a promise she couldn t keep , like, okay are you telling me the twist in the coming chapters is that she doesn t keep the p [...]


    15. Clarke does it again In The City The Stars , he paints a vivid picture of humanity in the far future that has reached for the heavens before inevitably falling back to Earth and stagnating.Enter our hero, who feels that there must be to existence than the city he lives in and sets out to discover what else there is.Much like Rendezvous With Rama there is no villain other than Man s ignorance and prejudice, and in truth this is a very gentle, if intriguing story.So why do I think it is so amazin [...]


    16. This is actually a tale of two cities, but I guess that title might not have been available, for some reason No French Revolution, though They are the last human cities in existence, founded in the wake of a withdrawal from the stars caused by the Invaders, a now almost legendary alien force that took the stars away from humanity.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read [...]



    17. Klarks vienm r ir bijis viens no maniem m kajiem zin tnisk s fantastikas autoriem Vi a darbos ir kaut kas t ds, kas atraisa las t ja izt li Vi neiedzi in s tehnolo ij s ta u uzbur tik lo iskas un piln gas pasaules, ka las t js pats sp j aizpild t tr ksto o inform ciju T d katru reizi, kad v los palas t kaut ko fundament lu un no zin tnisk s fantastikas zelta fonda, es pirmk rt metu acis uz Klarku Diaspar ir pils ta, kura tiek apdz vota jau miljards gadu T s desmit miljoni iedz vot ji ir praktisk [...]


    18. 3.5 stars Arthur C Clarke takes the reader on another epic journey.This is the third Arthur C Clarke book I ve read 2001 a space odyssey, childhoods end and once again he points out the insignificance of the human race in the grand scheme of things The city and the stars Is set in a future earth billions of years from now There is only one city left on earth, Diaspar, which is preserved under a dome Beyond the city of Diaspar is nothing, no oceans, no plant life, no life just desert The people o [...]


    19. To be honest, I am a little disappointed Mr Clarke s works usually are brimming with ideas, which here were not the case, unfortunately It felt like a cartoon for children the way characters are shaped, the environment, the robots, the city, the universe Maybe I did not get the message right maybe this is how it was supposed to be all the above to be just a blurred background for what the author wanted to transmit us in isolation and without progress we regress and disappear but also too much pr [...]


    20. La mia videorecensione youtu Ya_i2Z08WywFantascientifico Che dire Clarke s che sa scrivere Molti lo hanno definito poco psicologico, ma il suo stile bello cos com La citt e le stelle credo che sia uno dei suoi migliori romanzi di fantascienza, assieme a Le guide del tramonto Arthur Clarke in questo romanzo ci presenta Diaspar, una citt chiusa dentro una cupola trasparente che non vuole assolutamente avere contatti con l universo Ma Alvin, un Unico, non d accordo decide di voler ribellarsi e usci [...]


    21. One of Arthur C Clarke s earliest works, this is based on Against the Fall of Night Oddly enough, he thought that it would be eclipsed by this book in the reading public s mind They re both still in print The events in the second half of this book unfolded too quickly to be really savored All in all, it s still a very good read Clarke s imagination never fails to delight.


    22. A little clunky in places, fifties style I suspect it may have gotten five stars back then , but amazing vision and imagination, so worthwhile even sixty years later a really striking meditation on possible futures for humanity and cosmic scales of time and distance and development.


    23. From the time I was a teenager and all the way through young adulthood Arthur C Clarke was my favorite writer I would read anything of his I could find, including non fiction, because I found it to be highly entertaining and enjoyable Like many books of his, I thought I had already read this one As far as I can now determine, I hadn t Or maybe it was so long ago that I don t remember it.The book came out in 1956, when I was about 10 years old, and before I was a Clarke fan The copy I have came f [...]


    24. Being somewhat new to Arthur C Clarke, this being only the second of his books I ve read, I find him unique to the point of odd amongst science fiction authors He comes across as a philosopher as much as he does a sci fi writer.The city is Diaspar, set in a desert on Earth, completely closed off from the outside world which is now all desert, no oceans It was designed a billion years ago, after mankind had already been to the stars, created an empire and then been defeated by invaders The place [...]


    25. Synopsis It takes place in the neighboring cities of Diaspar and Lys on Earth a billion years in the future They are the only inhabitants of Earth, the Solar system and galaxy Out of fear of some invaders, they gave up and completely forgot travelling into space or even outside their city Both cities are completely separated and developed different cultures Diaspar depending on machines, Lys on nature Diaspar inhabitants live forever and are kind of recycled only to return after some 100,000 yea [...]


    26. La ciudad y las estrellas The City and the Stars, 1956 , de Arthur C Clarke, parte de un cuento del propio Clarke que escribi en 1954, Against the Fall of Night La historia transcurre en un futuro muy lejano, en Diaspar, la ltima ciudad sobre la Tierra Diaspar es una ciudad aislada completamente del exterior, controlada por un ordenador central, donde sus diez millones de habitantes viven en una utop a maravillosa, viviendo por y para el entretenimiento Si alguien, tras miles de a os vividos, de [...]


    27. The story centers around a social and biological deviant who challenges the norms of his society in a sci fi setting I d read somewhere that sci fi is a good blend of philosophy and fiction and I think this book is an example of that The scientific aspects are not too technical to turn most people off, I think, and there are many ideas that are implied at and explored throughout the novel On a superficial reading, it might just be a somewhat enjoyable book, but a slower, careful reading would s [...]


    28. Books like this are always fascinating and endearing to read because they kindle a reaction inside the reader s mind that largely resembles an intrinsic feeling of pride With Arthur C Clarke s stories, I find myself rejoicing the fact that I am breathing, alive and well, in such a vivid, colorful time.The main theme of this novel painting a civilization in the distant future creates within the reader a perpetual feeling of nostalgia towards the present times This might be Clarke s ultimate gift, [...]


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