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The City and the Stars (1953)

por Arthur C. Clarke

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A grand space adventure that imagines the far-flung future of humanity, a visionary classic by one of science fiction's greatest minds. A billion years into the future, Earth's oceans have evaporated and humanity has all but vanished. The inhabitants of the City of Diaspar believe their domed city is all that remains of an empire that had once conquered the stars. Inside the dome, the citizens of Diaspar live in technological splendor, free from the distractions of aging and disease. Everything is controlled precisely, just as the city's designers had intended. But a boy named Alvin has been born. And unlike his fellow humans, Alvin shows an insatiable-and dangerous-curiosity about the world outside the dome. His questions will send him on a quest to discover the truth about the city and humanity's history-as well as its future. A masterful and awe-inspiring work of imagination, The City and the Stars is considered one of Arthur C. Clarke's finest novels.… (mais)
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Mind-bending stuff. Clarke does a good job of bringing out the terror and sadness of deep time. There’s rather a lot going on thematically. A lot of it you could boil down to death and rebirth, but that really doesn’t do it justice; there’re so many variations on that. Clever writing.

Whether you prefer this or the earlier version Against the Fall of Night is probably personal choice. I’m with Against. It’s short enough to read in one sitting and if you do it on a quiet Sunday afternoon it’ll put you into a dreamlike state. That’s lost in this version. ( )
  Lukerik | May 6, 2024 |
This is like an action movie except the action consists entirely of people sitting around being agreeable and polite with each other. I guess there was the thing that tried to eat them. That's the closest thing to a villain there was in the whole book

Diaspar existing unchanged for billions of years makes sense because it was constructed to, but Lys remaining the same for that long is unbelievable.

The whole "Let's become mortal and have babies!" ending is ridiculous.

Also wouldn't the sun have expanded into a red giant and melted the Earth by now? ( )
  endolith | Mar 1, 2023 |
En un remoto futuro, la ciudad de Diaspar acoge a los últimos restos de la humanidad sobre la Tierra. Perseguidos hasta su planeta natal por los misteriosos Invasores que conquistaron el universo, los humanos abandonaron su Imperio Galáctico. Desde entonces, y durante millones de años, Diaspar ha mantenido a sus habitantes sumidos en el grato estupor de una sociedad perfecta. Gracias a sus poderosos circuitos de eternidad, la ciudad conserva para siempre todos sus elementos, incluyendo a sus ciudadanos, que emergen completamente adultos de la Sala de Creación, viven vidas plenas que duran siglos, y por fin vuelven a los Bancos de Memoria a esperar su resurrección al cabo de miles de años. Pero muy rara vez, en Diaspar nace un ciudadano único, cuya información no consta previamente en la memoria de la ciudad. Nadie sabe por qué aparecen, ni cuál es su función en el sofisticado mecanismo de Diaspar. Alvin es uno de estos únicos, y como tal carece de vidas anteriores a las que remitirse. Por eso no le resulta difícil cuestionar la organización social aparentemente perfecta de Diaspar, y especialmente la limitación psicológica que hace que sus habitantes sean incapaces de salir de ella. A pesar de las comodidades que le rodean, Alvin está insatisfecho. Pero pronto encuentra su objetivo: abandonar Diaspar, averiguar si el exterior es tan hostil como dicen, y descubrir si realmente son los últimos humanos sobre la Tierra.
  Natt90 | Jul 11, 2022 |
3.5 stars, 7/10. I have not read a lot of the oldest classic sci-fi from the middle of the century, and very little of Asimov himself. I picked this up on a whim from a free little library. It was formulaic, but in a charming and original way that has aged well; I saw how Asimov could be so influential. It's also a relic of its time, being concerned mostly with ideas rather than character, so don't expect many meaningful relationships or well-drawn women. Mostly I found a lot of fun in its grand scope, full of imaginative ideas surrounding traditional themes of human curiosity and fear. I was also impressed by Clarke's ability to keep me hooked even though much of the book feels like plodding exposition with relatively little action. The second half was a bit disappointing -- I expected it to take off with more meaningful action as Alvin headed into the stars, but instead it was just little pulp vignettes that Clarke rushed through to get back to his grand vision of Earth. Most of all I was struck by the constant tone of hope and excitement, even as the truth of the story became a bit dark and depressing. I feel this sense of hope and wonder is less common in today's speculative and science fiction, so it was very refreshing. ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
This book is profound, and I am not sure Arthur C Clarke intended to write a deep novel. It is possible he just intended to write a good yarn, and he achieved this aim.

Yet, if he had stopped there, maybe the book would not be great. Maybe, the book would just be good or very good. However, there are some interesting questions that keep cropping up when we read the book. One, for instance, is the question of where humanity is heading. With social media and the metaverse impinging on our consciousness, will we live in virtual worlds, and forget humanity?

Will we run from the fear of the unknown, or disease, to the point where we cut ourselves off from the universe and live in bubbles?

With science advancing the way it is, will we achieve some kind of bland immortality?

Will we lose touch with ourselves?

Read the book, pause and think. It may raise similar questions in your mind as well. ( )
  RajivC | Feb 8, 2022 |
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Het onderwerp van deze roman is de menselijke beschaving na een miljard jaar. Deze is dan geconcentreerd in een stad, Diaspar, waar de inwoners leven in een nimmer eindigende illusie, en in een Arcadische samenleving, Lyz, waar de mensen langs telepatische weg met elkander communiceren. Beide beschavingen zijn de eindfase van een periode, waarin de mens de sterrenwerelden verkende maar uit dit universum werd verdreven door de Indringers. In Diaspar wordt een unieke mens geboren, die de stad verlaat, de illusie doorziet en erin slaagt beide beschavingen met elkaar in contact te brengen. Dit belooft het begin te worden van een nieuwe opbloei van de menselijke samenleving. De roman is erg boeiend. Een enkele maal is de vertaling niet korrekt.
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The first version of this work appeared in the November 1948 issue of Startling Stories, and was later published in book form as Against the Fall of Night 

It was later rewritten and issued under the title The City and the Stars.  
Gregory Benford later wrote a sequel to Against the Fall of Night with Clarke's approval: Beyond the Fall of Night, but it does not correlate with The City and the Stars.

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A grand space adventure that imagines the far-flung future of humanity, a visionary classic by one of science fiction's greatest minds. A billion years into the future, Earth's oceans have evaporated and humanity has all but vanished. The inhabitants of the City of Diaspar believe their domed city is all that remains of an empire that had once conquered the stars. Inside the dome, the citizens of Diaspar live in technological splendor, free from the distractions of aging and disease. Everything is controlled precisely, just as the city's designers had intended. But a boy named Alvin has been born. And unlike his fellow humans, Alvin shows an insatiable-and dangerous-curiosity about the world outside the dome. His questions will send him on a quest to discover the truth about the city and humanity's history-as well as its future. A masterful and awe-inspiring work of imagination, The City and the Stars is considered one of Arthur C. Clarke's finest novels.

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