City and Stars

City and Stars

by Arthur C. Clarke

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ISBN-13: 9780451092328
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/1980
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) was one of the supreme science fiction writers of the century and achieved vast popularity with 2001: A Space Odyssey, which extended into a series of four books & two short stories. Other notable works include his Rama series of novels and the Hugo Award-winning short story The Star. Clarke augmented his fame later on in the 1980s, from being the host of several television shows such as Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World.

Date of Birth:

December 16, 1917

Date of Death:

March 19, 2008

Place of Birth:

Minehead, Somerset, England

Place of Death:

Sri Lanka


1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

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City and Stars 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Audacity88 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The best part of The City and the Stars is the city of Diaspar, home to the eternal civilization in whose midst we find ourselves as the story begins. I quickly fell in love with Diaspar's immortality, and knew that this novel was a keeper. I was, however, somewhat disappointed with the way things played out. Clarke, evidently less enamored with his own creation than I am with it, has his protagonist (Alvin) come to view Diaspar as an unsatisfactory society hemmed in by its need for stasis. Unfortunately for us, Alvin's increasingly far-fetched journeys never seem to lead him anywhere as interesting as the place he started from.Still, the fantastic opening makes up for the lackluster finale. My take: Worth reading if you get the chance.