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The City and the Stars by  Arthur C. (1917-2008) CLARKE - First Printing - 1956 - from Fine Editions Ltd and Biblio.co.uk

The City and the Stars

by CLARKE, Arthur C. (1917-2008)

Condition: Fine/Fine


New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1956. First Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First Edition (so stated) of Clarke's "most characteristic and most enduring" novel (Magill). 8vo: viii,310pp. Publisher's blue and grey marbled paper-covered boards decorated with silver, red, yellow, and green stars, spine lettered with silver foil, illustrated dust jacket, with author's photograph to back panel, priced $3.75. Fine, crisp copy, apparently unread; Fine jacket with no tears or chips. Exceptional. Magill (ed.), Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 374-77. Anatomy of Wonder II, p. 245. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels, 22. Warrick, The Cybernetic Imagination in Science Fiction, pp. 166-70. Completely revised and expanded version of Clarke's first published novel, Against the Fall of Night (1948). "Arthur C. Clarke's 2001 [: A Space Odyssey] is one of the most famous computer stories, but The City and the Stars may well be the most profound artistically successful work of cybernetic fiction. . . . [It] is one of the most remarkable accomplishments of the imagination in all the literature that I am considering. Beyond imagining how computers might transform a society, Clarke also dramatizes the philosophical implications of life in a totally structured society. The novel is even more deserving of commendation because it is an early cybernetic novel, and computers and information theory were recent developments when it was written." (Warrick) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.




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