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Against the Fall of Night/Beyond the Fall of Night

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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.
hardback, 256 pages
Published April 11th 1991 by Orion Publishing Company
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Ralph Carlson
Nov 12, 2016 Ralph Carlson rated it really liked it
Two great short novels in one volume. Clarke's classic and Benford's sequel to it.
Adam Duclos
Feb 15, 2016 Adam Duclos rated it it was amazing
I read this back in junior high, and it has always been one of those books you remember and compare against new books. This is two stories in one... The first is an Arthur C Clark book from the fifties (Against the Fall of Night), followed by a sequel written by Gregory Benford (Beyond the Fall of Night). I don't think I realized at the time that the stories were by different authors despite the different styles... both were excellent in their own way, and left me with a sense of wonder.

The two
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Felix Dance
Nov 19, 2010 Felix Dance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is really two books, but since they're crammed into one volume I'm being consistent and calling them one. I picked this up at that same awesome bookshop in Kathmandu and had been looking forward to getting stuck into them for a while, finally achieving this aim in Delhi and the Golden Temple at Amritsar. The first novel is a classic Clarke story written in the 1940s and set an unbelievable one billion years in the future (this must be some kind of record) after Earth has won and lost a ...more
Mike Gething
May 05, 2016 Mike Gething rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic Arthur C Clarke novelette, one of my favourite Sci-Fi stories. I first read Against the Fall of Night as a youngster and the imagery of the underground transport system and mega machines has stuck with me ever since. Still a hugely enjoyable (if compact) read, full of wonder and discovery.
You can forget Gregory Benford's sequel (Beyond the Fall of Night), - full of Darwinistic mumbo jumbo; the Alvin of the original novel is unrecognisable (and condescending); the writing overly elaborate
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Oct 19, 2008 Eric Walkingshaw rated it liked it
The timescale is all off here and the characters are pretty thin, but it's fun and reads quickly enough that I'd recommend it to any classic sci-fi fan.
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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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