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ประหนึ่งจะเย้ยรัตติกาล

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อนาคตกาล หรือสิงทีมองไมเหน ไมรู และอยูหางออกไปไกลตัวเหลือเกินนัน มักจะเรงเราความรูสึกอยากรูอยากเหน จนทำใหผูกลาหรือนักผจญภัยทังหลายอยูไมติด

ในยุคทีวิทยาศาสตรเจริญถึงขีดสุดแลวเชนนี โลกมนุษยกลายเปนสถานทีคับแคบไปจนนาใจหาย สิงแปลกๆ ใหมๆ ทีนักผจญภัยจะำพบได กจะมีแตนอกพิภพในหวงอันไำพศาลเทานัน 'ประหนึงจะเยยรัตติกาล' (Against the Fall of Night) นวนิยายวิทยาศาสตรทีอารเธอร ซี คลาก จินต
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Paperback, 166 pages
Published May 1996 by ณ.บ้านวรรณกรรม (first published January 1st 1948)
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Terry
Jun 20, 2012 Terry rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of dying earth tales
3 – 3.5 stars

Hundreds of thousands of years ago (millions of years after our own benighted age) the Earth suffered a tragic loss in battle with beings known only as "the Invaders" and the apparently last remnant of humanity sits behind the majestic walls of the final human city: Diaspar. Here they while away their immortal days, a society of lotus eaters tended by the greatest machines ever conceived by humankind, living in pleasure, but also fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of the wasteland outs
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Kirstine

I think of this book, and I see something like this in my head:

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I'm not joking. I read this and I imagined something that colorful and bright. Reading it was like being in a picture like that, you know, like smack in the middle of one of those retro-sci-fi covers. It was quite something.

The world-building is phenomenal. Everything stood out in vivid colors, the landscapes, the buildings, the cities. Yes, everything seemed extremely well-developed, except... the characters.

The characters fell fla
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Evan
Read this one rather than his later rewrite "The City and the Stars." Deep-future always works better as poetry, and you can't clutter up poetry with too many details -- the bare prose and simple exposition which Clarke later abandoned make a clean frame for this lovely story.

That spooky feeling you got when the time traveler in HG Wells disembarks into the silent garden of the Sphinx at twilight? This is a whole book of that. It's also an antiquarian mystery, an essay on the implications of dee
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Jake
The Prologue to Arthur C. Clarke's Against the Fall of Night is so mesmerizing I thought I might have another Childhood's End on my hands. The first page or two encapsulates all that is most poignant in the book: a child looks to the heavens and wonders if all that is best about his world has already past, lost forever in a desert of myth and apostasy.

However thought-provoking this novel may be, as an early outing by Clarke it seems underdeveloped. The grand technology-driven themes, the oper
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Trice
I found this in a random place in my school's reference room and jumped on it - English language books are difficult to find here unless they're well known classics, and sci-fi books are among the rarest to come across, so I was excited. I was especially excited to see it was a Clarke book I had discovered as I've previously read 2 of his books, Childhood's End and Rendezvous with Rama, and enjoyed both.

A couple comments on these previous encounters: Rama was seriously lacking in characterizatio
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Matt Sears
From my blog pulpaweek.blogspot.com

'Destiny in his hands-
Alvin hesitated for a moment. None of his people had left the City for uncounted millions of years. "Diaspar has everything," they said. "Why should we go outside into the desert?" But Alvin knew the fear that underlay the seeming free preference—the records he had studied hinted at the dark truth.

We are safe as long as we stay in Diaspar, the records said. If we leave... the Invaders will come again from the wastes between the worlds. And
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Baelor
Wow. This was my introduction to Arthur C. Clarke, and to say that it has piqued my curiosity in the author would be an understatement. More like kindled a fire using fuel that I never new I possessed.

A few notes are in order:

1) This review does not factor in Clarke's re-write, The City and the Stars, at all.

2) This book was written in 1948. This blew me away -- it does not feel dated at all and reads like it could have been written today. Given the massive leaps forward in science since then, t
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Phil Giunta
Millions of years in the future, only two territories remain on Earth, separated by a vast desert that had once been an ocean. Diaspar, the city into which so many other major metropolises had been absorbed throughout the ages, is populated by a nearly immortal race of humans whose intellectual curiosity and ambition has stultified and been replaced by decadence and fear. For the citizens of Diaspar care not what lies beyond the city's walls. That is, all but Alvin, the first child born in Diasp ...more
Joel Pearson
This book was one I had mixed feelings on. My dad handed this to me and told me it was one of his favorite books from his youth, that it was the book that opened his eyes to the thoughts of exploring the world outside earth. It was fairly well written, although due to it's novella status left a LOT to the imagination, and left a lot of plot pieces wide open to interpretation. That said, it was written in 1948, long before traditional sci-fi and long before ACTUAL space exploration. The kind of p ...more
Daveski
I had never heard of this one, and only picked it up because it was free via the Kindle lending library. It's not a perfect novel, but I really enjoyed it. I love far-future, dying earth stuff, and the vision of Earth here is really interesting. As the oceans dried up and the world turned unto a vast desert, humanity slowly migrated together into one massive utopian city until the entire human race lived there, with nothing but wasteland covering the rest of the planet... Or so they think.

I app
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Kai Szulborski
I was caught by the sheer charm of this slim little book. The world and the characters were so enmeshed together. They felt natural. No grand explanations or authorial directorship. This is just how we live here in Deep-Time USA, immortality and telepathy are just how we roll. The fantastic elements were so typical to the characters which was great. They weren't like...duuuudde isn't immortality great? cause we have to talk about it so the audience knows THIS IS THE FUTURE. my only issue with th ...more
Ali Çetinbudaklar
3,5/5

Şehir ve Yıldızları okumanın üstünde nerdeyse 6 yıl geçti ama bugün sabah silik de olsa birkaç bir şey hatırlamam dolayısıyla, Şehir ve Yıldızlar'ın aslında Kara Güneş'in genişletilmiş/yeniden yazılmış versiyonu olduğunu öğrendim. Tabi ben net hatırlayamasam da farklılıklar varmış 2 öykü arasında şurada anlatıyor:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_City...

Elbet bir kitap için bunca yıldan sonra hala kendini hatırlatabilmek iyi bir şey olsa gerek, özellikle de bunda isimlerin seçiminin önemi va
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Carol
A book that shows a potential future of man many millions of years in the future, when much of earth is a lifeless desert planet and the rest has a population that has lost the drive that keeps us pushing forward, until a boy is born who wants to know!!

An early book by Clarke, in fact the first book by Clarke, written back in the 1940's, but still he has the ability to produce a sense of wonder as the child asks those awkward why questions! Vintage it might be, short it might be, but beautifully
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Patrice
Gripping glimpse of humankind in a very far future

Millions of years from now, human on earth have reached immortality, but they now live on a nearly desiccated and lifeless planet. Technology and machines are omnipresent but humanity as long forgotten how these machine were built or how they function. Then a boy is born, someone different, with desires that have been suppressed or dormant due to contentment and natural selection. Great changes are about to occur because of him.

Clarke is really g
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Andrew
I read the intro to "Rama II" last week, and Clark said something along the lines of "I heard a very interesting idea, and I thought 'that's not possible; because I didn't already think of it'". Despite the fact that this statement makes Arthur C Clark a pompous ass, I have thoroughly enjoyed several of his novels. Both for his writing, and the ingenuity of his ideas.

That being said, I'm still trying to figure out what Clark was trying to accomplish with this novella. A brief introduction:

This s
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Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie
This review is copied from my blog, The Towering Pile. It was originally published here.


Against the Fall of Night tells the story of a boy named Alvin. He lives in a city called Diaspar, which as far as the citizens know contains the entire population of Earth. The book takes place millions (or maybe even billions!) of years in the future, when humans have retreated to this one city after being beaten back in their expansion by the Invaders. Most people are perfectly content in their luxurious c
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Erik Clarke
It's a beautiful, poignant, almost desperately sad story of the human race, billions of years in the future, set against a fading galaxy in the last human city of Diaspar.

One of the things about Clarke's stories, or at least this one in particular, is the elegance of their future technology. Somehow, writing over 60 years ago, he can make it feel dishearteningly primitive to sit back down at a modern computer or mobile device. The technology in Against the Fall of Night is seamless and eternal-
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Hriday
An interesting book with richly imagined concepts, some of which are unique. The story's premise and the introduction captivates the reader but soon after this the excitement somehow diminishes.

While it appeared like a quick read of 150 pages, I found the narrative a little boring and monotonous as it is mostly long lines of indirect speech, reminiscent of HG Wells' 'Time Machine'. Several of the characters are also abruptly introduced because of which I felt that this book would have been far
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Marcia
I had read "The City and The Stars" in college and knew that "Against the Fall of Night" was a precurser of that book, considered Clarke's best, really. The plotline and character similarities were there, but you could see that in TC&TS Clarke really fleshed out his philosophy on mankind, his curiosities and his ability (or inability) to be a good steward of his known world. If you like science fantasy mixed with philosophy, this is for you.
Charles
I'm interested in seeing how Clarke reworked this book in The City and the Stars. Against the Fall of Night has problems: the protagonist doesn't change and seems like a static vehicle, a tool used by the author to present an enormous revelation about the imagined far-future society. A second problem is point of view: too frequently, the pov shifts jarringly from protagonist to supporting character. It's like trying to shift gears on a bike and failing: the ride lurches and you struggle to maint ...more
Matt
It's times like this I wish Goodreads had half stars. I was torn on whether or not to give this novel 3 or 4. I love the feeling of this book. The message and overall theme are wonderful; it is the story of a young man and his desire to see the world beyond what he's told of it, and to bring people together in spite of major differences. The characters are interesting, and the world building is very good, but it's weak point is its plot. At about the halfway point, it starts to really lose steam ...more
S.J. Pajonas
A true sci-fi classic. Looking at the forward I was blown away that A. C. Clarke had written down most of the ideas that came to be this story in the 1930s! If he were alive today, I wonder what he would think of this world compared to the world of Diaspar and Lys.

I've learned a lot about writing, voice, and POV lately, and the only reason I don't give this story 5 stars is because of the sort-of scientific detachment Clarke's writing style seems to have. I think that it's par for the course th
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Aster Brown
Book from 1955 - Has not stood the test of time, unlike some of Clarke's classics.

The book would be in the Juvenile Section under today's rules - the main character is a youth. And the story is about his coming of age. But no publisher would touch it because (1) has very little action, (2) has disjointed jumps in time forward, (3) had no real beginning or end. Also the book is not happy, but melancholy.

The science is based on the science then - when the Galaxy and Universe were the same thing. A
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Maryam A
ایده کتاب مثل بقیه کتابهای آرتور سی کلارک نابه و مبهم. من همیشه این ابهام دنیاهای آرتورسی کلارک را خیلی دوست دارم فقط این کتاب اولین کتاب سی کلارکه کمی از لحاظ نگارش و بعضی جاها پخته نیست. اما خوندنش خالی از لطف نیست. سی کلارک بعدا این کتاب را با نام شهر و ستارگان بازنویسی کرد. ...more
Ashwin
This first (short) novel of Arthur C Clarke shows a lot of the imaginative fantasy he cooks up in his later short stories and works.

My review of this book: https://daariga.wordpress.com/2015/05...
Rochelle
This early Clarke novel was good, an interesting story about the future of Mankind. it contains similar themes found in many other Clarke novels, which work well. i just didnt find this book mind-blowing
Boris Gregoric
Some books you just love and not knowing why. And I am not a big SF reader or fan either. Yet something in this long novella so vividly captured my imagination and it stayed lodged there somewhere...I was also recovering from a nasty bike accident, having trouble focusing and moving my neck, so this paperback somehow consoled me when I was despairing of recovering from the injury.

One should write a book on the history of one's emotional favorites (regardless of their, provided there is such a m
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Barry
I really can't tell you what makes this book work so well. It's simple, short, and doesn't delve deeply into any major theme. But it's elegant and somehow compelling. There are so many avenues Mr. Clarke could have traveled down in this story, but he chose not to. This book easily could have been three or four times the length and been an epic novel, but Mr. Clarke preferred to rein in the possibilities and leave the what-ifs to the readers' imagination. Within the story I noticed elements that ...more
Betty
Vintage Clarke. The last human child to be born in the last walled city in existence tries to make sense of his world. Everyone in the city lives forever. Is there anything besides desert outside the walls? Can he find a way out? Good thought provoking tale.
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Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.

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