Twilight by John W. Campbell:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas
"A story that will set you to dreaming
of purple distances—of a far future
world wherein a race is dying seven
million years away—seven million years!"
"And all the great city-structure
throbbing and humming to the steady,
gentle beat of perfect, deathless machines built more than three million
years before—and never touched since
that time by human hands. And they
go on. The dead city."
('Twilight' by Don Stuart (John W. Campbell).)
Interesting "tale of a stranger" kind of story; this story was originally published under Campbell's pseudonym of Don A. Stuart.
A city that is a self-maintaining whole entity.
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