Men had built cities before, but never such a city as Diaspar; for millennia its protective dome shutout the creeping decay and danger of the world outside. Once, it held powers that rules the stars. But then, as legend had it, The invaders came, driving humanity into this last refuge. It takes one man, A Unique to break through Diaspar's stifling inertia, to smash the legend and discover the true nature of the Invaders.
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An inspiring and very different perspective of mankind written very successfully in an intricate expression of a thick imagination. It hints of epic tales of the past and philosophises on the possible future. Typical and well composed 'Clarke'.
In this book, Clarke expands your imaginative horizons regarding humanity's future beyond hundreds or thousands of years to hundreds of millions, forcing into your mind's eye an almost terrifying scope of vision. A huge inspiration to me, this book led not only to a personal passion for writing, but also a permenantly changed perspective on the world. Utterly spectacular.