The City and the Stars
Clarke's masterful evocation of the far future of humanity, considered his finest novel
Men had built cities before, but never such a city as Diaspar. For millennia its protective dome shut out the creeping decay and danger of the world outside. Once, it held powers that rule the stars.
But then, as legend has it, the invaders came, driving humanity into this last refuge
The City and the Stars is a science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C. Clarke, published in 1956.
The City and the Stars takes place one billion years in the future, in the city of Diaspar. By this time, the Earth is so old that the oceans have gone and humanity has all but left. As far as the people of Diaspar know, theirs is the only city left on the planet. The city of Diaspar is completely enclosed. Nobody has come in or left the city for as lo ...more
Kakva pionirska knjiga!
A zadnja rečenica: "Ali negdje drugdje zvijezde su još bile mlade i jutarnje rumenilo se ukazivalo; a putem kojim je nekada hodao, Čovjek će jednog dana ponovno zakoračiti." pokazuje C ...more
In Diaspar, the echoes of the past permeate the present. According to the legends, man had traipsed across the galaxies and conquered the stars. Our spread across the cosmos, aided though it was by technological marvels unfathomed in earlier ages, eventually was terminated by a tragic encounter with an advanced race known only as the Invaders. After a series of devastati ...more
Having published this book in 1956 is a great achievement I would say considering the imagination involved that passes a billion years into the future, by not involving simply humanity, but goes as wide as outside of space and time at one moment. This one surpasses everything ... there ...more
Personally, I'm looking forward to roaming the toasty-warm desert wastes of Australia, eating rat-on-a-stick and tracking down former politicians to have, uh... conversations about their inaction on climate change.
The reason I ask is that if you read much SF then this is something you've probably thought about. I seem to come across apocalyptic scenarios every few books I read - its a common setup in the genre and speaks to a widespread inter ...more
În acest Univers se lăsă noaptea. Umbrele se lungeau către un est ce n-avea să mai cunoască alţi zori. Dar altundeva, stelele erau încă tinere şi lumina dimineţii zăbovea; şi într-o bună zi, Omul urma să pornească iarăşi pe drumul străbătut cîndva...
First of all, its 50's feel for SF is quite noticeable. It's mostly straight adventure with travel and discovery and a few interesting locations, notably two last cities of mankind after a LONG retreat from the galactic scene. Most of them don't even realize that they were pushed back into a self-sustaining lethargic existence without change or hope, relying on a massive computer t ...more
به نظرم زیبایی این کار در به تصویر کشیدن حالات انسانی و ویژگیهای بدیهیاش است که در محیطی متفاوت دگرگون شده ومخاطب با خوندنشون به فکر فرو میره. دوست داشتم به این اثر پنج ستاره بدم اما پیچیدگی بیش از حد بعضی قسمتهای داستان کمی از جذابیتش کاست؛ شاید دفعهی بعدی که خوندمش نظرم عوض ش ...more
(Also posted at Fantasy Literature)
This a rewrite of his first book Against the Fall of Night (first published in 1948 in Startling Stories). There are plenty of adherents of the original version, but the revised version is pretty good too. As one of his earlier classic tales, this one features many familiar genre tropes: A far-future city called Diaspar, where technology is so sophisticated it seems like magic, a young (well not exactly, ...more
I had the impression that in my teenage years I read pretty much all of Arthur C. Clarke's output to that date. Yet I managed to miss The City and the Stars, one of his best known novels, until I picked up a copy in a secondhand bookshop recently. (I went off Clarke after a while, which explains not picking up on this omission earlier.)
Far in the future, when humanity's galactic empire has risen and fallen, and alien invaders have pushed us back ...more
So good that I'll let him off with telling me his protagonist's feelings like EVERY TIME or ending chapters with stuff like "She just made a promise she couldn't keep", like, okay- are you telling me the twist in the coming chapters is that she doesn ...more
Ljubav bez umjetnosti predstavlja samo puko utaživanje želje, u umjetnosti se ne može uživati ako joj se ne priđe s ljubavlju.
Ovom knjigom Klark potkrepljuje ono što je iznjeo u Kraj dijetinjstva koja objavljena tri godine prije ove. U svom ne tako skromnom pogledu Klark pokušava da ilustruje jedan grad koji bez premca treba da predstavlja personifikaciju raja na zemlji. Diaspar je taj raj. On predstavlja svijet za sebe. To je mjesto vječnog dana gdje se noć javlja samo u obližnjem parku. Što mo ...more
Enter our hero, who feels that there must be more to existence than the city he lives in and sets out to discover what else there is.
Much like "Rendezvous With Rama" there is no villain other than Man's ignorance and prejudice, and in truth this is a very gentle, if intriguing story.
So why do I think i ...more
Maybe I did not get the message right; maybe this is how it was supposed to be – all the above to be just a blurred background for what the author wanted to transmit us: in isolation and without progress we regress and disappear but also t ...more
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.
In the meanti ...more
Anyway, The City and the Stars (but the green-yellow cover of the reissue) was bought at the same time, though the reading was postponed, because of my bad experience with the other book. Unjustly, but it is what it is.
In this story, there ...more
Diaspar ir pilsēta, kura tiek apdzīvota jau miljards gadu. Tās desmit miljoni iedzīvotāji ...more
This is the third Arthur C. Clarke book I've read (2001: a space odyssey, childhoods end) and once again he points out the insignificance of the human race in the grand scheme of things. 'The city and the stars' Is set in a future earth billions of years from now. There is only one city left on earth, Diaspar, which is preserved under a dome. Beyond the city of Diaspar is nothing, no oceans, no plant life, no life - just deser ...more
The book came out in 1956, when I was about 10 years old, and before I was a Clarke fan. The copy I have ...more
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Clarke was a graduate of King ...more