Against the Fall of Night (Vanamonde, Book 1) by Arthur C. Clarke

By Arthur C. Clarke

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Living within the 10-billion-year-old urban of Diaspar, Alvin is the final baby born of humanity. he's intensely focused on the surface international. in response to the oldest histories stored by way of the town fathers, although, there's no open air world-it was once destroyed by way of the Invaders hundreds of thousands of years ago.

One day, Alvin unearths a rock with an inscription likely intended for him: "There is a greater means. provide my greetings to the Keeper of the documents. Alaine of Lyndar." This cryptic message takes Alvin on a quest to find humanity's precise past-and its future.

Originally released within the November 1948 factor of Startling tales, opposed to the autumn of evening is a wealthy and very poetic imaginative and prescient of a far off destiny that's absolute to satisfaction fanatics of Clarke and technology fiction as a style.

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Literary Awards
Hugo Award Nominee for top Novel (1968)
Nebula Award for most sensible Novel (1968)

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May and ought to govern his opinions and actions, we need not be troubled that some other things escape our knowledge. —John Locke To San Miguel, and those who came. Prologue THE MOVEMENTS OF HER EYES It started on that frozen world, among the stone figures in their almost suspended animation. Through her eyes, the irises two salmon moons under a luminous white brow, like fissures in the world of rules, of logic. The starship's mind watched through the prism of their wonder, and began to make its change.

Alex Torvalli. " "Not where. Not when. Not even who. That must have been one bad EM pulse, Doctor. Plane crash? Tach storm? " Another four hours later, Torvalli turns to the small, olive-skinned woman in dark-as-night clothes. "I can't believe it. They're the same. Exactly the same. " She crosses her legs, looks uncomfortable for a moment. "That's what we found as well. " "It's ghastly! He's been copied! It's almost as if he were mere code. Do you know what this means? " she interrupts. "Yes. Two point three-seven-five.

Isaah's gamble had apparently paid off. He had stayed ahead of the widening ripples of news about the ocean planet's election. The economic Shockwave wasn't here yet. He felt the heady thrill of a scoop, of secret knowledge that was his alone. It was like prognostication, a glimpse into the future. Elements extracted by giant turbine from that distant world's oceans were also mined from this system's asteroid belt. Soon, everyone here would be incrementally richer as the ocean planet pulled its mineral wealth from the Expansion common market.

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