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Book Title: City and Stars|
The author of the book: Arthur C. Clarke
ISBN 13: 9780451092328
Date of issue: May 6th 1980
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The City and the Stars, Arthur C. Clarke
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 long as anybody can remember, and everybody in Diaspar has an instinctive insular conservatism. The story behind this fear of venturing outside the city tells of a race of ruthless invaders which beat humanity back from the stars to Earth, and then made a deal that humanity could live—if they never left the planet. In Diaspar, the entire city is run by the Central Computer. Not only is the city repaired by machines, but the people themselves are created by the machines as well. The computer creates bodies for the people of Diaspar to live in and stores their minds in its memory at the end of their lives. At any time, only a small number of these people are actually living in Diaspar; the rest are retained in the computer's memory banks. All the currently existent people of Diaspar have had past "lives" within Diaspar except one person—Alvin, the main character of this story. He is one of only a very small number of "Uniques", different from everybody else in Diaspar, not only because he does not have any past lives to remember, but because instead of fearing the outside, he feels compelled to leave. Alvin has just come to the age where he is considered grown up, and is putting all his energies into trying to find a way out. Eventually, a character called Khedron the Jester helps Alvin use the central computer to find a way out of the city of Diaspar. This involves the discovery that in the remote past, Diaspar was linked to other cities by an underground transport system. This system still exists although its terminal was covered over and sealed with only a secret entrance left.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و هفتم ماه سپتامبر سال 1993 مسلادی
عنوان: شهر و ستارگان؛ نویسنده: آرتور سی. کلارک؛ مترجم: محمدرضا عمادی؛ تهران، هرم، 1371؛ در 261 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 20 م
در این داستان کلارک قدم به دورانی میگذارد که بشر به اوج تواناییهای علمی و پیشرفتهای تکنولوژیک خویش رسیده، و به دورترین نقاط فضا دست یافته است. اما خودپرستی و جاه طلبی بیمارگونه ی انسانها، آرامش کرات آسمانی و ساکنان آنجا را نیز سلب کرده است؛ تا آنجا که اتحادی از موجودات فضایی، انسان را وادار به بازگشت به زمین میکند. ا. شربیانی
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Read information about the authorArthur Charles 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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