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Against the Fall of Night. 1953 Against the Fall of Night
by Arthur C. Clarke
First Edition 1953
Gnome Press
New York
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by Frank Kelly Freas
224 pages
Price: $2.75

Against the Fall of Night, a novel by Arthur C. Clarke.

First published in a shorter form in Startling Stories (November 1948 issue), the novella was then revised and expanded for publication as a novel in 1953.

A further revised and expanded version was published as The City and the Stars in 1956.

Against the Fall of Night was reissued in 1990 in a single volume with Beyond the Fall of Night, a sequel by Gregory Benford.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1970 printing of the Pyramid Books paperback edition. Cover illustration by John Schoenherr.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
Destiny In His Hands

Alvin hesitated a moment. None of his people had left the City for uncounted millions of years.

"Diaspar has everything," they said; ''why should we go outside into the desert?" But Alvin knew the fear that underlay the seeming free preference - the records he had studied hinted at the dark truth.

We are safe as long as long as we stay in Diaspar, the records said. If we leave . . . the Invaders will come again from the wastes between the worlds. And Man will not survive another such attack. . . .

Alvin knew the risk - but he knew, too, that if he did not take it, mankind was doomed to a lingering death - slower, but as sure as any the Invaders would bring.

Knowing that the fate of his race rested in his hands, he leaned forward and pressed the vehicle's starting button. . . .

". . . a novel of epic humanity . . . one of the most rewarding science fiction novels of the year."
- H.H. Holmes, New York Herald Tribune

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