The City and the Stars – NaBloPoMo 2010

Arthur C. Clarke schooling and experience in the sciences (a degree in Physics and Math; radar specialist and instructor while in the military), helped him write some of the most science-grounded science-fiction novels during the golden age of the genre.

Clarke used known astronomical objects such as the moons of Jupiter in his novels.  his imagination was expansive and his writings can contain billions of years and thousands of light-years with ease. Clarke‘s writing can be a bit plodding, though, as anyone who’s tried to read 2001: A Space Odyssey knows.


The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke



The City and the Stars is one of Clarke‘s earlier novels that while scientifically coherent is a bit less ponderous than later works.  The City and the Stars takes place in Diaspar, the last city on Earth, a city that no inhabitant has left and where no one had been born for thousands of years.  until Alvin is born – he is the first newborn in seven thousand years and is anxious to go exploring.


4 thoughts on “The City and the Stars – NaBloPoMo 2010

  1. I didn’t want to leave a negative comment here, but oh heck. I have a hard time plowing through Clarke’s books for the reason you mentioned: they plod. Sometimes the plots sound too familiar as well, so I’d be reading one of his novels, and I’d be thinking, haven’t I read this before? Did I pick up another copy by mistake?

    I think science-grounded sci-fi is great, but Clarke really needed to inject some light-heartedness into his writing.

  2. I’ve only read one book by Arthur C. Clarke (A Fall of Moondust) and that was back in 6th grade. I remember liking it back then..wonder if I still would

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