By Arthur C. Clarke
Living within the 10-billion-year-old urban of Diaspar, Alvin is the final baby born of humanity. he's intensely interested in the skin international. based on the oldest histories saved via town fathers, although, there's no outdoor world-it was once destroyed through the Invaders thousands of years ago.
One day, Alvin reveals a rock with an inscription possible intended for him: "There is a greater manner. provide my greetings to the Keeper of the files. Alaine of Lyndar." This cryptic message takes Alvin on a quest to find humanity's real past-and its future.
Originally released within the November 1948 factor of Startling tales, opposed to the autumn of evening is a wealthy and extremely poetic imaginative and prescient of destiny that's guaranteed to satisfaction lovers of Clarke and technological know-how fiction as a style.
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I figured they’d have plenty of time for despair. Plus, I hated being a buzz kill. Lord knows Alex was plenty good at that. He’d be in soon enough to set them straight. Or so I thought. No one came back to our room until people started getting sick. Elliott came down with it first. It was that same evening, a little while after we’d all fallen asleep. Elliott was moaning so loudly we all woke up. He said his arms and legs ached terribly. The machines near the bed must have sent data to the men in white coats because a couple of them came into the room shortly thereafter.
They maneuvered her gingerly with the claw, like a child retrieving a stuffed animal from a machine. She looked more like an extra-terrestrial than a person. Her shriveled skin pulled taut against her bony frame, and her face was mummified in a fixed, lifeless expression. Vapor emanated 40 Travis Bradberry from her body. They placed her in a specialized incubator. Alex explained that it would thaw her flesh in preparation for the next stage of the process. God himself couldn’t breathe life into something so wretched, but the men in white coats were doing it all over the room, right before our eyes.
10. I was thrilled when Dr. Feng finally barged into the room. If there was any hope for them, he was it. The doctors poked and prodded the sick. For more than an hour, they debated and obsessed over the imagery produced by their holograms. Alex came in next holding a cherry red instrument the size of a soda can. He handed the device to Dr. Feng who used it to generate a hologram of Elliott’s brain. The men in the white coats oohd and ahhd at the image projected. To me it looked like any other brain.
Against the Fall of Night (Vanamonde, Book 1) by Arthur C. Clarke