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The City and the Stars
By Arthur C. Clarke
Cover artist: Richard Powers*
The last of the "Big Three" that included Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, Arthur Clarke survived the other two having passed just this last March 2008 at age 90. Universally known for co-screenwriting 2001: A Space Odyssey (arguably the best science fiction movie ever made) and the simultaneous novelization, Clarke was one of the greatest of all sf authors.
The City and the Stars (1956) is a major revision of Clarke's first novel Against the Fall of Night. Never happy with Against, he returned years later to the setting of that first novel to "fix" and update what he felt was wrong with that initial effort. In his introduction, Clarke claims that attentive readers will find approximately 25% of that first novel in this book but that the rest is wholly original. The result? Well, according to Frederik Pohl it is one of Clarke's finest novels, and that's saying a lot when you consider his other great works. Unfortunately, robots play a minor role in this tale, although without the help of one robot, Alvin, the protagonist, would not have succeeded in his quest.
So you may be asking yourself, "Where is the robot on this cover?" Well, although we never promised that there'll be a robot on every cover, nevertheless it's there. See if you can spot it. Assuming that is Alvin there with the green stripes, the robot is the floating squid thing behind and to Alvin's right. There's your robot. And it's actually a pretty fair depiction from the description in the book.
*We're not 100% sure this cover was done by Richard Powers but it sure looks that way to us. If you have any information to the contrary or can confirm it, please contact us via the feedback link.