The City and the Stars - Audio Book

 
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Full Cast, Unabridged audio book A journey of discovery that will shake the foundations of everything the people of Earth have ever believed. Diaspar is Earth's last city - surrounded by deserts on a world where the oceans have long-since dried up. It is a domed, isolated, technological marvel, run by the Central Computer. Diaspar has conquered death. People are called forth from the Hall of Creation; they live for a thousand years, and then are recalled, stored in the Central Computer s memory, to be born thousands of years later, over and over again, with memories of earlier lives intact. No one has entered or left Diaspar since anyone can remember. Its people have an unreasoning dread of the unknown, of the world outside the city. No child has been born for at least ten million years. Until Alvin. He is unique. He has no past lives, no past memories. He also has no fear of the outside world. In fact, he has an overwhelming curiosity, a drive to explore, to see what lies beyond the sterile boundaries of the city. When he finally escapes, he discovers a place he could hardly have imagined. A country called Lys. Its people are telepathic. They know life and death. In Lys, Alvin finds friendship and love. And he begins his fateful journey to the stars and back. On his return, he brings with him something so strange, so alien, and powerful, it will change their world forever. But for better or worse not even Alvin can guess

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Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE (16 December 1917 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, written in collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick. Clarke lived in Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death in 2008, having emigrated there when it was still called Ceylon. Clarke was an avid scuba diver and a member of the Underwater Explorers Club. Living in Sri Lanka afforded him the opportunity to visit the ocean year-round. It also inspired the locale for his novel The Fountains of Paradise in which he described a space elevator. This, he believed, ultimately will be his legacy, more so than geostationary satellites, once space elevators make space shuttles obsolete. His many predictions culminated in 1958 when he began a series of essays in various magazines that eventually became Profiles of the Future published in book form in 1962. A timetable up to the year 2100 describes inventions and ideas.

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