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The 10-billion-year-old metropolis of Diaspar is humanity's last home. Alone among immortals, the only man born in 10 million years desperately wants to find what lies beyond the City. His quest will uncover the destiny of a people--and a galaxy. This book also includes the classic short story Jupiter V.
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The 10-billion-year-old metropolis of Diaspar is humanity's last home. Alone among immortals, the only man born in 10 million years desperately wants to find what lies beyond the City. His quest will uncover the destiny of a people--and a galaxy. This book also includes the classic short story Jupiter V.
About the Author Arthur C. Clarke is the world's best known and bestselling author of science fiction, winner of many awards and accolades for his writing.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780425059746
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1983
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Arthur C. Clarke
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Clarke is widely revered as one of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century, esteemed alongside Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, a trio known informally as the “Big Three.” Before his death in 2008, he authored more than 100 novels, novellas, and short story collections and laid the groundwork for science fiction as we know it today. Combining scientific knowledge and visionary literary aptitude, Clarke’s work explored the implications of major scientific discoveries in astonishingly inventive and mystical settings.

Clarke’s short stories and novels have won numerous Hugo and Nebula Awards, have been translated into more than 30 languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Several of his books, including 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: Odyssey II, have been adapted into films that still stand as classic examples of the genre. Without a doubt, Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important voices in contemporary science fiction literature.
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    1. Date of Birth:
      December 16, 1917
    2. Place of Birth:
      Minehead, Somerset, England
    1. Date of Death:
      March 19, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Sri Lanka
    1. Education:
      1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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