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Earth - A Billion Years Hence...
on 16 May 2017
…And we are still around, on Earth - albeit in a rather different form! The story opens in a futuristic and fantastic city. A kind of utopia where humans still endure in a more or less familiar form to ourselves - biological evolution having been arrested and AI playing a large part in the sustenance of this hermetically sealed world. Here, once again, Clarke, a man before his time, has characteristically predicted how AI and virtual reality will play a major role in the future.
The protagonist Alvin is an uncharacteristically inquisitive man, a glitch in the software perhaps. He wants to find out what is outside this world and so begin a remarkable series of adventures which at times feel like they may become Space Opera. One thing I personally like about Clarke`s writing is that he seems to give aliens a benevolent character and does not automatically look for conflict to generate excitement. However there is a certain melancholy underlying his writing.