The City and the Stars/The Sands of Mars

The City and the Stars/The Sands of Mars

Arthur C. Clarke / Jun 01, 2020
The City and the Stars The Sands of Mars Two classic novels are collected in this volume that includes a new introduction written by the author In The City and the Stars the only man born among immortals wants to find out what lies beyond t
  • Title: The City and the Stars/The Sands of Mars
  • Author: Arthur C. Clarke
  • ISBN: 9780446677967
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two classic novels are collected in this volume that includes a new introduction written by the author In The City and the Stars, the only man born among immortals wants to find out what lies beyond the city And in The Sands of Mars, a science fiction writer visits a research colony on Mars and discovers the perils of survival on another world.
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      • Arthur C. Clarke

        Arthur C Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956 He is best known for the novel and movie 2001 A Space Odyssey, which he co created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.Clarke was a graduate of King s College, London where he obtained First Class Honours in Physics and Mathematics He is past Chairman of the British Interplanetary Society, a member of the Academy of Astronautics, the Royal Astronomical Society, and many other scientific organizations.Author of over fifty books, his numerous awards include the 1961 Kalinga Prize, the AAAS Westinghouse science writing prize, the Bradford Washburn Award, and the John W Campbell Award for his novel Rendezvous With Rama Clarke also won the Nebula Award of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1972, 1974 and 1979, the Hugo Award of the World Science Fiction Convention in 1974 and 1980, and in 1986 became Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America He was awarded the CBE in 1989.

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    1. This was an excellent book rather two unconnected novels combined into one book The City and the Stars was written in 1956 and is written with extraordinary vision and sight into what the future may contain Arthur C Clarke shows why he is considered a grand master of science fiction with this fantastic novel.The Sands of Mars is, in my mind, not quite on par with the first novel This is mainly due to the fact that we have no serious misconceptions about what Mars is like At the time of writing, [...]


    2. A decent enough pair of stories, the first with a good sense of time and history considering the question of where could the human race go from here The second a little provincial somehow the imaginary feat of colonizing Mars is rather downplayed into a simplistic coming of age tale.


    3. It s hard to judge the book that contains two very distinct stories The first story, The City and the Stars, was by far my favorite It felt much closer to having the feeling of wonder that Clark s other stories are known for.


    4. The City and the Stars and The Sands of Mars are two of Clarke s earliest novels They contain some interesting ideas and mild adventures The books are a good example of hopeful science fiction, exploring possibilities of human flourishing.



    5. This book is one of the very best Sci Fi books I ve ever read It ranks with Orson Scott Card s Enders Series Perhaps in many ways it s better Clark s imagination takes us from the dawn of our Galaxy to its twilight and imagines possible futures beyond It reads like a prophesy of new heavens and a new earth Indeed Clarke writes from his home in Sri Lanka in his preface notes that there is a prophesy on the very last page of the book, the truth of which no one living will ever know The story is se [...]


    6. I listened to the audiobook whilst driving to and from work over a month or so The City and the Stars , is a science fiction classic, and one I enjoyed when I first read it as a teenager It has stood the test of time quite well, and I could imaging a young Iain Banks perhaps finding the first glimmerings of the Culture in its pages The story of the eternal, static city of Diaspar, and how it is changed by the restless curiosity of unique Alvin, the misfit who changes everything, and challenges t [...]


    7. This is a collection of two unrelated novels The City and the Stars is one of my favorite Clarke novels It centers on Alvin, the first child born in ten million years in Diaspar, the city of the title, the last city on Earth He s a unique rather than someone reborn from the Hall of Creation, and unique in wanting to go beyond the bounds of the city Diaspar is a completely enclosed and stagnant culture, on an Earth so old the oceans are gone and there s no longer a moon In paperback this is a sli [...]


    8. The City and the Stars is brilliant Prime example of why I love Arthur C Clarke A lot of writers just tell you about the universe they created, but Clarke makes you feel like you re discovering the answers alongside the characters I kept thinking I d be fine with the story having ended in numerous places, but he d keep pushing my imagination further Just like any human being ever, his character wants to know how everything came to be and what his lot is in life We don t get all the answers, but [...]


    9. While I found _The City and the Stars_ to be overlong and predictable, _The Sands of Mars_, Clarke s first novel, was interesting It s almost not a science ficiton novel, in that commonplace, everyday situations tend to eclipse the scientific subject matter much of the time What I found most interesting was the tacit inclusion and therefore grounding assumption that colonizing Mars would be an extension of the British Empire, complete with colonial bureaucratic structures and attitudes Worthy of [...]


    10. All through the reading of this book, I felt like I was watching a 1950s Sci Fi movie, with scientists in white lab coats Not to be as one translates to the habits of people 50 years later Clarke has envisioned a future that is not yet herebut may be some day Once man gets into interplanetary travel and its institutional Point taken, Mr Clarke But, finding Martian life after a plane crash not so fast


    11. The part in The Sands of Mars where they talked about old science fiction and whether or not it had value was particularly amusing I suspect Clarke was being as forward looking in this as he was in other things Although the stories were good, and the characters were drawn well, if sparingly, somehow it didn t hold my attention as much as I d hoped it would have I am certainly willing to incorporate the fact that I was traveling and tired to this, as well.


    12. Good Sci FiAll through the reading of this book, I felt like I was watching a 1950s Sci Fi movie, with scientists in white lab coats Not to be as one translates to the habits of people 50 years later Clarke has envisioned a future that is not yet herebut may be some day Once man gets into interplanetary travel and its institutional Point taken, Mr Clarke But, finding Martian life after a plane crash not so fast


    13. A delightful couple of Science Fiction stories that demonstrate a work can be captivating even absent a brisk tempo Worth reading for the atmosphere the stories create one of discovery, journey, and self actualising as well as for the author s incredible prescience and vision.


    14. Pretty good A little dry in parts but it picks up nicely and the scientific explanations for Mars blue sky, hardy vegetation and bovine like inhabitants make for a few chuckles Antiquated sure, but still fun.



    15. Amazing stories for the time they were written I m glad to have read some of his earlier works to see how he built upon his imagination.



    16. B Dad s favorite book A sci fi novel about what happens when a human is born and how he questions life, to the point of pushing past what is accepted Interesting.




    17. This is an early example of Arthur C Clarkes large expansive universe spanning SF mystery Not much in the way of action or excitement Mediocre.


    18. Early clarke work, obviously written in a different era City and the Stars is good if you like 2001 Rama Ringworld BDO style sci fi Sands of Mars is for everyone else.


    19. loved it, read it in one sittingI have this vague feeling I read this book once before a very long time ago I still enjoyed every page.


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