By Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford
One of the 35 book (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the entire 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 all for the surface international. in accordance with the oldest histories saved by way of the town fathers, although, there's no open air world—it was once destroyed via the Invaders thousands of years ago.
One day, Alvin unearths a rock with an inscription doubtless 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 extremely poetic imaginative and prescient of a far off destiny that's absolute to satisfaction fanatics of Clarke and technological know-how fiction as a style.
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That recoil, determined by the ingenious apparatus Trinitus had invented, preserved the boat from certain ruin. It was the end of the tunnel; there was reason to fear that it terminated in a cul-de-sac. Trinitus, seeing the boat’s path closed in all directions, looked up, and perceived that the vault of the tunnel was lacking at this location. Having been horizontal, the submarine tunnel had become vertical, rising up perpendicularly. The scientist changed direction, and the vessel rose up like a balloon into the gulf, whose direction encouraged the presumption that it would open at the surface of the sea.
The sea, after having made the lava it submerged into an extraordinary city, had populated it with millions of animals and plants. The porticos, columns, pillars and buttresses were coated with living beings, which masked the cracks and 5 4 | V O Y A G E B E N E A T H T H E WAV E S protrusions of the rock. The stone disappeared beneath that magical flowering. Legions of fish were traveling through the arches; groups of zoophytes and polyps raised up their animated branches on every side; myriads of medusas hung from the vaults of grottoes like chandeliers abundantly laden with crystals.
Everywhere, on the rocks through which they had just made their way, a magnificent vegetation rose up. The sea, after having made the lava it submerged into an extraordinary city, had populated it with millions of animals and plants. The porticos, columns, pillars and buttresses were coated with living beings, which masked the cracks and 5 4 | V O Y A G E B E N E A T H T H E WAV E S protrusions of the rock. The stone disappeared beneath that magical flowering. Legions of fish were traveling through the arches; groups of zoophytes and polyps raised up their animated branches on every side; myriads of medusas hung from the vaults of grottoes like chandeliers abundantly laden with crystals.
Against the Fall of Night (Vanamonde, Book 1) by Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford