Against the Fall of Night

Arthur C. Clarke,

Against the Fall of Night
 
 
The renowned science fiction author’s landmark novel of the last human born on a far future world—and his quest for the truth about existence.
 
Living in the ten-billion-year-old city of Diaspar, Alvin is the last child born of humanity, and he is intensely curious about the outside world. But according to the oldest histories kept by the city fathers, there is no outside world—it was destroyed by the Invaders millions of years ago.
 
One day, Alvin finds a rock with an inscription seemingly meant for him: “There is a better way. Give my greetings to the Keeper of the Records. Alaine of Lyndar.” This cryptic message takes Alvin on a quest to discover humanity’s true past—and its future.
 
Originally published in the November 1948 issue of Startling Stories, Against the Fall of Night is a rich and intensely poetic vision of a distant future that’s sure to delight fans of Clarke and science fiction as a genre.
 
“[Clarke is] one of the truly prophetic figures of the space age.” —The New Yorker


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