Cities Not Built to Last

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Science  04 Jul 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5885, pp. 42-43
DOI: 10.1126/science.1161705

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The City and the Stars. Arthur C. Clarke. Frederick Muller, London, 1956, 256 pp.

Despite its shortcomings, Arthur C. Clarke's first novel conveys his "sweeping vistas, grand ideas, and ultimately optimistic view of humankind's future in the cosmos."