|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|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
Education:1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.