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Posted August 16, 2006
Clarke's First Novel
Arthur C. Clarke's earliest novel was Against the Fall of Night, published in 1949 (after appearing in serial form the year before), and was eventually re-written by Clarke as City and the Stars (slightly better than this book, but not so different that both need to be read). Like most of Clarke's work, it is readable due mostly to the interesting ideas he presents. His vision of computers more than 55 years ago must have been amazing for its time, yet is of course hopelessly dated now. Good for fans of the classics, but merely mediocre compared to Clarke¿s finer efforts. As a side note, this novel was reprinted, along with a sequel by Gregory Benford, in a volume called Beyond the Fall of Night. The Benford sequel is pretty weak, not even rising to the level of the original.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2010
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