By Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford

One of the 35 e-book (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the total Arthur C. Clarke Collection.

Living within the 10-billion-year-old urban of Diaspar, Alvin is the final baby born of humanity. he's intensely excited about the skin global. in response to the oldest histories saved through town fathers, besides the fact that, there isn't any outdoor world—it used to be destroyed via the Invaders hundreds of thousands of years ago.

One day, Alvin unearths a rock with an inscription possible intended for him: "There is a greater manner. supply my greetings to the Keeper of the files. Alaine of Lyndar." This cryptic message takes Alvin on a quest to find humanity's actual past—and its future.

Originally released within the November 1948 factor of Startling tales, opposed to the autumn of evening is a wealthy and very poetic imaginative and prescient of destiny that's certain to pride fanatics of Clarke and technology fiction as a style.

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He’d carried in his minicomp, since he’d been planning to show Judith and Ruth pictures of some of the places he’d been since he sent his last letter. Now he pulled it out. “I’m going to check on that name,” he said. ” Judith asked. ” “Actually,” Michael said, “given the situation, it would make less sense if you didn’t make just such a query. Let me use your comp. They may not bother to check registration numbers, but I would…” The search did not lead them to their target, but it did turn up an interesting bit of trivia.

The freckles Michael remembered from when they had been children had faded, but she still wore her dark honey-colored hair loose, the thick, tightly curled mass falling past her shoulders to the middle of her back. She’d been cute as a child, but now Michael had to admit Todd was right, she was decidedly pretty, maybe even almost beautiful. “Alice! ” “Daddy’s attending a meeting of some committee or other,” Alice said, clasping the hand Michael politely offered to her between two of her own. Her amber-flecked golden eyes danced with mischief.

Why, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gives the kid a wallop or two as soon as he has her in his hands…” “And that behavior,” George said, “can certainly be turned to our advantage. ” “That’s right,” George said. ” * * * Until the air car settled on the tower landing and Michael got out, Judith had been so overwhelmed by the events of the past hour or so that she had completely forgotten that her first and best Manticoran friend was scheduled to visit that day. For a moment Judith marveled at the coincidence.

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