The World’s Best English Short Stories – Clarke’s The City and the Stars

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The world’s best English short stories includes Arthur C. Clarke’s The City and the Stars.


The Earth is old – very old – and Diaspar is Earth’s sole remaining city: securely sealed within its impenetrable dome.

Yet Alvin is restless: he is a “unique” – one of only a handful of such to be born every few millennia. Alvin is convinced that there must be a way to leave Diaspar: yet his peers ridicule the very idea of anyone wishing to leave the perfect city.

  • Can Alvin discover one of the few exits from Diaspar? And even if he can –
  • Will he uncover the real reason that Diaspar continues to exist so long after all other cities on Earth have vanished?

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Written in 1956, The City and the Stars is not yet in the Public Domain.

The City & the Stars

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