The City and the Stars
The City and the Stars is an expanded version of Arthur C. Clarke's first science fiction novel (1956). Heavily influenced by Olaf Stapledon's cosmic visions, it tells of an inhabitant of the utopian but totally insular Earth city of Diaspar, who escapes to travel the Galaxy. He thereby learns of man's past encounters with galactic civilizations leading to a vast experiment – the creation of a non-corporeal intelligence (see non-corporeal life). Clarke was to echo this theme of human destiny lying among the stars in some of his other well-known works, including Childhood's End and 2001: A Space Odyssey.