“Desertion” by Clifford D. Simak, Vocabulary: Write the vocabulary definition and a synonym and antonym. ffl Aberration – something not part of the normal. Clifford Donald Simak was an American science fiction writer. He won three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award. The Science Fiction Writers of America made. City is a science fiction fix-up novel by American writer Clifford D. Simak. The original . See also[edit]. “Call Me Joe” by Poul Anderson, a story similar to Simak’s “Desertion” (), which was incorporated into City.

Author: Yogrel Zuluzragore
Country: Ethiopia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Education
Published (Last): 21 June 2010
Pages: 275
PDF File Size: 20.13 Mb
ePub File Size: 20.53 Mb
ISBN: 540-7-80827-700-8
Downloads: 62219
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tolkree

Gave me an animorphs vibe, right down to the free telepathy with the transformation. Project Gutenberg 0 editions. I wasn’t looking forward to reading this story on vacation, I was worried that it would have too many characters, they’d debate issues that were extremely dense and difficult to parse and didn’t even make senseand that it would be hard to find something to say about the story.

No library descriptions found. Open Preview See a Problem? CD Audiobook 0 editions. This is, of course, nonsense but it does not really matter because, as a plot device, it gets you to the nub of the matter – that there might be a state of being to be discovered that is so superior to being human that one might as well ‘desert’ humanity altogether. There is an underlying theme throughout the book that humans possess a fundamental aggressive flaw they will never be able to overcome.

The tales primarily focus around the Webster family and their robot servant, Jenkins. Intelligence, loyalty and friendship, the existence of God and souls, the unexpected benefits and harm of invention, tools as extensions of humanity, and more questions are often explored by Simak’s robots, whom he uses as “surrogate humans”.


I have, on occasions, tried to speak out for decency and compassion, for understanding, not only in the human, but in the cosmic sense. Heinlein Jack Williamson Clifford D.

Clifford D. Simak

Is eimak moral to send people on suicide missions? People were apparently much more comfortable with being the first to die in new and interesting ways back then. By using this site, you agree to the Sesertion of Use and Privacy Policy. Not quite as bad as other stories but still problematic:. City is a science fiction fix-up novel by American writer Clifford D. At this point, a wraithlike creature called a “cobbly” appears, having traveled from another world on the time thread.

Intelligence does not replace education. After explaining what themes he avoids—no large-scale alien invasions, no space wars, no empire sagas—he states, “Overall, I have written in a quiet manner; there is little violence in my work. To ask other readers questions about Desertionplease sign up. This page was last edited on 15 Octoberat Having crashed on a planet, he is then nurtured by ethereal duplicates—spirits? Eventually, the human race dies out on the new world.

These notes were specially written xlifford the book, and serve as a bridging story of their own. On Jupiter, an experimental program is in place to transpose men into the bodies of Jovian native fauna in order to allow people to go out into the hostile environment.

So far, the first four test subjects have gone out into the wilds of Jupiter – and have not returned. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Conversations 15 14. Like the previously transformed station personnel, the scientist decides never to return.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. A long-lost space traveler returns with a message which is SF-slanted yet religious in tone.

City (novel) – Wikipedia

Mr James” filmed as The Outer Limits: Simak notes this is a “vicious story — so vicious that it is the only one of my stories adapted to television. Simak’s stories often repeat a few basic ideas and themes.


My focus has been on people, not on events. Much of humankind becomes so lonely that it eventually dies off.

Thus in City our Earth is overrun by ants, but the intelligent dogs and the remaining humans escape to other worlds in the time stream. They solve crises by muddling through, and if they fall in love with “the girl” also never describedit’s incidental. Simak replied, “I like losers. It’s by far my favorite Simak short that I’ve read so far.

The story is set on Jupiter, where a military commander, Harold Fowler, has been losing men in his attempt to colonize the planet. He ckifford to realize that the Ant City is dead, just as a spaceship returns to take him to the robot worlds.

The basic sci-fi premise has aged well. Simak’s version of Jupiter is a cold, windswept, and corrosive hell where only advanced technology allows the station to exist at all. In Ring Around the Sun the persecuted paranormals escape to other Earths which, if they could all be seen at once, would be at different stages of their orbit around the sun, hence the title.

Hydroponic farming and decentralized power allow small communities to become self-sufficient. Want to Read saving…. There are better ways of clofford things than sending off random people in the hopes that eventually someone will come back. It’s about the elitism of human beings assuming that as the superior race anything or anyone who did not ‘return’ was a ‘deserter’.

[an error occurred while processing the directive]