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Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C. Clarke
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Oct 10, 2009

it was amazing

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 deep time, a theological fantasia, and a muted, sublimated love story.

Set aside a winter evening. Brew some tea. Banish the outside world, and read this in a single sitting.
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