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The City and the Stars was the earliest Clarke novel to mix science and mystical transcendence, a theme that he carried through in many later novels. Alvin, a young man born in the enclosed utopian city of Diaspar, in Earth's far future, becomes impatient with the technology-mediated claustrophobia of his "perfect" life and determines to find out what is beyond his city.
The Sands of Mars was Arthur C. Clarke's first full-length novel. It was one of the first SF novels about Mars to abandon the romantic fantasies of Edgar Rice Burroughs, C. S. Lewis, and Ray Bradbury. When it was written, it was already a certainty that the planet's atmosphere was too thin to support higher animals of the terrestrial type. There could be no Martian princesses, alas. In The Sands of Mars, celebrated writer Martin Gibson is on his first trip to Mars. Things go smoothly enough until he actually sets foot on the red planet -- at which point he stumbles upon Mars's most carefully hidden secrets...