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Posted March 1, 2005
Over 50 years ago, Clarke first published this novel of earth one billion years in the future. After eons of space exploration, the human race has withdrawn to the city of Diaspar on earth, and its inhabitants are afraid even to venture outside city walls. Enter Alvin, a young man not bound by those fears, who is determined to see what lies outside of Diaspar. City and the Stars is a re-write of Clarke's own novella Against the Fall of Night, which I read before reading this. City and the Stars is a great improvement over the original work, with more fleshed-out ideas and characters, although the plot is very similar to the original. If you have already read Against the Fall of Night, there isn't much reason to read this (unless you are a big fan), but if not, read this one instead. The concepts are slightly dated so you are more likely to enjoy this if you are a fan of classic sci-fi.
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Posted April 25, 2013
A sci-fi founded in questions of science and religion, fate, and destiny. I read the last three chapters twice to better absorb the closing of the book.
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