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

By Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford

One of the 35 booklet (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the total Arthur C. Clarke Collection.

Living within the 10-billion-year-old urban of Diaspar, Alvin is the final baby born of humanity. he's intensely serious about the surface international. in accordance with the oldest histories stored via town fathers, even if, there is not any outdoor world—it was once destroyed by way of the Invaders thousands of years ago.

One day, Alvin reveals a rock with an inscription possible intended for him: "There is a greater approach. provide my greetings to the Keeper of the documents. Alaine of Lyndar." This cryptic message takes Alvin on a quest to find humanity's actual 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 guaranteed to satisfaction fanatics of Clarke and technology fiction as a style.

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On the day the lights came down, I had joined him at my mother's side. It was a special occasion, the last time we would ever see her in the flesh. For two months her body had lain in state along with five hundred other new ascendants on the ward, open for viewing by the next of kin. The interface was no more real than it would ever be, of course; the body could not talk to us. But at least it was there, its flesh warm, the sheets clean and straight. Helen's lower face was still visible below the cowl, though eyes and ears were helmeted.

Stars, everywhere. So many stars that I could not for the life me understand how the sky could contain them all yet be so black. Stars, and— —nothing else. What did you expect? I chided myself. An alien mothership hanging off the starboard bow? Well, why not? We were out here for something. The others were, anyway. They'd be essential no matter where we'd ended up. But my own situation was a bit different, I realized. My usefulness degraded with distance. And we were over half a light year from home.

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