Exile Of The Eons was first published in Super Science Stories, March 1950, and later published under an alternate title, Nemesis.
Exile Of The Eons is a story of deep time, of ego in the face of same, of utopias and their evil twin, dystopia, or maybe the utopia is the evil one? All this Clarke seems to say by not saying. A dying earth story, set in an almost unimaginably a distant future, it is also the story of today, and of the past, of those great men who in the fighting against mortality are doomed to fade away, their crimes vague, their lives unimportant.
Arthur C. Clarke was struck by the writings of Olaf Stapledon, who, more often than almost anyone else, wrote not stories with narratives, but histories of whole civilizations. This appealed to Clarke, and in stories like this you can hear not only the echoes of the *great men* who sought to change the face of the world, but also the attitude of Stapledon, who is mostly forgotten, but who’s works still echo here and there in such writings as Exile Of The Eons.
Exile Of The Eons by Arthur C. Clarke
read by Tommy Patrick Ryan
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