City

City By Clifford D. Simak, City A Masterful tale of an earth overrun by ants a series of parallel worlds ruled by dogs and a Jupiter where the human race finds its Golden Age if human it could still be called
  • Title: City
  • Author: Clifford D. Simak
  • ISBN: 9780441106257
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • City By Clifford D. Simak, A Masterful tale of an earth overrun by ants, a series of parallel worlds ruled by dogs, and a Jupiter where the human race finds its Golden Age if human it could still be called.
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    1. Clifford D. Simak

      He was honored by fans with three Hugo awards and by colleagues with one Nebula award and was named the third Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America SFWA in 1977 See enpedia wiki Clifford

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    1. Remember when you the na ve philosopher struck by the similarities of molecule and solar system, imagined your body to be composed of billions of nano planets and stars I do I was twelve years old at the time, working at my parent s grocery, and I was suddenly forced to lean upon my push broom to keep from falling headlong in a dizzy marvel of surprise Reading City 1952 is like that Although now it may look na ve, simplistic, perhaps even shallow, but at the time it seemed so imaginatively brave [...]


    2. gosh i loved this one City is a collection of eight connected stories depicting the future and end of mankind, and the rise of dogs just as i always suspected, dogs will eventually inherit the earth good dogs Simak is a humanist, but a clear eyed one, an author who doesn t let much sentiment cloud his storytelling man fails, and fails again, but his strivings are viewed with both careful distance and genuine affection this is not one of those scifi novels about man being the architect of his own [...]


    3. Thus far Man has come alone One thinking, intelligent race all by itself Think of how much farther, how much faster it might have gone had there been two races, two thinking, intelligent races, working together For, you see, they would not think alike They d check their thoughts against one another What one couldn t think of, the other could The old story of two heads Ah, that Clifford D Simak, what a gent He is one of the most optimistic, compassionate and humanistic sci fi authors ever His les [...]


    4. City is a novel which is actually made up of nine stories, originally published separately, but later strung together with a series of notes explaining that these stories are part of the mythological heritage of the civilisation of Dogs, who believe that the existence of Man is most probably only a legend City May 1944 Occasionally, you read an old science fiction story and are just blown away by the remarkable prescience of the author and his or her ability to predict future events.Well, in thi [...]


    5. 4.0 to 4.5 stars I have not read all of Clifford Simak s novels my bad but I have enjoyed every one that I have read so far and this book is no exception The novel is actually a fix up series of connected short stories that range from the superb i.e 5.0 to 6.0 stars the Huddling Place and Desertion to the very good Aesops i.e 3.0 to 4.0 stars All of the stories deal with the decline of the human cities and the results on mankind over a vast period of time The version I read listened to actually [...]


    6. This slim white hardcover from the Science Fiction Book Club has caught my eye numerous times over the years, nestled between its bigger shelfmates in my family s science fiction collection I had a vague knowledge that it was narrated by dogs, and a vague knowledge that this was a fix up novel a group of short stories tied together with an overarching structure for publication purposes I m glad I didn t go into it with any further preconceptions Simak did an excellent job of linking the stories [...]


    7. For me there is always a rich taste in classic Sci Fi which I can t find in recent stories Don t get me wrong, I enjoy modern sci fi books as much but there is always a nostalgic feeling in reading classic Sci Fis City is no exception Eight different but related stories told in a future time which there is no sign of man on earth As stories proceed we see how earth become what it is then.Dogs has inherited the earth and they have these stories as historical documents and there theories to believ [...]


    8. City Pastoral SF classic where Rover takes over Originally posted at Fantasy LiteratureCity is a well loved classic by Clifford D Simak published back in 1952 and awarded the International Fantasy Award in 1954 It s actually a collection of linked far future stories written between 1944 and 1951 about men, mutants, dogs, robots, ants and stranger beings still It s told as a series of episodes that trace the evolution of the various species as they reach out to space, but also follows the fates o [...]


    9. This book wasn t at all what I was expecting I thought it would be a relatively light book to read with the promise of intelligent, talking dogs sitting around a campfire telling stories of Man who no longer ruled Earth and was only a myth to them But what I soon discovered was, this book was a heavy, mind boggling, thought provoking look at the twin societies of Man and Beast, chronicling the step by step downfall of the former and the rise of the latter This was a highly imaginative collection [...]


    10. I ve heard about this novel series of short stories that are related closely for years, always referred to in terms of deep respect and honor, and now that I ve finished reading it, I can add my own.It was very clever to throw the viewpoint in from robots and dogs and see the lost civilization of man from their viewpoints, but I found it interesting to see the complete eradication of so much of Earth s life, seen from Jenkin s point of view Perhaps I m just a cynical bastard and I love to see a [...]


    11. I really wouldn t attempt to read City as speculative fiction, despite the opening stories and the fact that there s space travel and alternate dimensions After I saw the reactions of group members to it, I thought I wasn t going to get on with it at all totally unscientific, only one or two female characters even mentioned, etc.But then I started reading and the scholarly notes really tickled me I ve read them before, in a sense, in every book that attempts to piece together whether King Arthur [...]


    12. Why is Clifford Simak virtually a forgotten writer City won the International Fantasy Award in 1952 Simak won a Hugo for his novella, The Big Front Yard He also won a Hugo for Way Station in 1964 Simak was a big wheel in the science fiction world back then So again, I ask why is he forgotten I have combed the shelves of used book shops, and Simak s books are tough to find I don t know if this means that collectors tended to hoard Simak s books, or if it means that people commonly threw them out [...]



    13. I d read one of the stories in this book before, Desertion, and loved it I still think I love that story best, but the whole book is definitely worth reading In fact, this is one book that I would love to teach, for several reasons.1 It s a fun read, with some interesting conceits a future Doggish society made up of a race of intelligent speaking dogs , space travel, a society of ants, etc 2 It demands close reading skills, not just in the stories themselves but in the Doggish commentary on thos [...]


    14. A really good read I like the framework used to stitch the stories together, with Doggish academics arguing about whether Man existed or not The one reason it never truly got off the ground for me is that the science is so clearly wrong and odd, and even though I certainly know this is old and Simak writes very pastoral sci fi, I could not turn off the questioning part of my brain that constantly cried but that makes no sense But it was still good.


    15. City by Clifford D Simak is a fix up, or in other words a group of short stories that are connected to form a novel City was originally made up of eight short stories, but Simak wrote one story years after the original publication, a story called Epilogue, and this story has often been included in later editions It s the story of how men lost the Earth, how dogs and robots took over from man, and how that turned out.After reading the first short story in City I almost gave up on it That story h [...]



    16. I have to say that this was quite a disappointment for me and not what I was expecting after reading the excellent Way Station City is basically a chronicle of mankind s demise, usually involving characters who are decendents of the Webster family who invariably end up involved in pivotal events in our future history No single event or catastrophy here, rather it is a gradual decline And the reasons are social, cultural and psycological than anything else This is actually a collection of intere [...]


    17. Of all the great science fiction writers of the 50s, my favorite is Clifford D Simak He is also one of the authors that has fared poorly as we begin the 21th century His novels are not that easy to find in reprints While Simak could write of space travel and androids as well as the Heinleins and the Asimovs, he was most comfortable in the setting of rural Wisconsin and generously laced his stories with a sense of American pastoralism In fact he was often called the pastoralist of science fiction [...]


    18. City es el ejemplo de cu n importante es el relato para el fant stico A Simack le bastan ocho cuentos y apenas trescientas p ginas para narrar la epopeya de la desaparici n del hombre a lo largo de m s de doce mil a os propiciada por un principio filos fico y en el camino aprovecha para explicar el devenir de cuatro civilizaciones no humanas Sus relatos son contenidos, sin grandes fuegos de artificio, pero calan hondo Reconozco que no me encontr c modo hasta llegar al tercer relato, me costaba s [...]


    19. Clifford Simak s fame has waned in the years after his death, and he never was one of the well known or popular SF authors to begin with He broke onto the SF scene in 1944 with a series of semi linked short stories and novellas, a future history that took humanity out of its near future cites, into star studded galaxies, even beyond mere homo sapiens He continued writing them through 1947, then published one final tale in 1951, at which point they were joined together and sold as the fixup nove [...]


    20. Biologically, this book is absurd quasi robotic intelligent dogs, hyper evolved progressive rural humans with an intelligence seemingly gained from nothing whatsoever, a race of ants experiencing socio economic and industrial revolutions, evolution stemming from surgery to name but a few Philosophically, it s broken and contradictory to the point of frustration economically null, politically ridiculous and simply completely ignorant of the science in science fiction That this collection of linke [...]


    21. Clifford Cliff Simak is an author I first came to when I was a teenager in the late 1970 s and early 1980 s At first I wasn t sure it wasn t spaceships and action, but instead a much subtler and gentle SF Mark Charan Newton has since referred to it as rural SF , which sorta works Instead of Star Wars whizz bang action, we have pastoral introspection, Waltons style homily and self depreciating humour.And in City in particular we have robots, ants and dogs.To my younger self, City was a bit of a [...]



    22. A dispetto del titolo, la citt non il luogo d ambientazione di questa raccolta anzi, proprio con l abbandono della citt da parte degli uomini ha inizio il futuro immaginato da Clifford D Simak Un futuro che arriva molto lontano, non sappiamo bene neanche fin dove, ed infatti, io che di solito mi indispettisco quando i titoli stranieri vengono stravolti, ho apprezzato il titolo che Giorgio Monicelli aveva scelto nel 1953 per i lettori italiani Anni senza fine.I primi otto racconti che formano que [...]




    23. This book was a strange one A odd concoction of philosophy and futility Essentially, Simak was disillusioned with mankind after the destruction with the atomic bomb in Japan He comes to what I find a very strange conclusion that city living is the cause of the bulk of human antisocial and violent behavior He advocates much smaller communities and talks of how the invention of the telephone negates the need to live close to where one works I got the impression that he was a bit of a recluse His c [...]


    24. Several months ago, I visited the science fiction museum up in Seattle It wasn t that impressive to me, like someone s small private collection stretched out to cover a bunch of exhibits Forrey s house had been impressive than this place But I d had some interest in post apocalyptic stuff lately, so I paused at the exhibit, and I noticed some books I hadn t read before featured as classics in the genre Among them were Alas, Babylon and City by Clifford Simak.I found Alas, Babylon pretty easily, [...]


    25. What happens when humans lose their desire or need to live with one another They go extinct That is what I felt was the underlying message in City, in which humans begin to dwindle on earth and are replaced by robots and Dogs as the dominant species The book is layed out in eight individual stories which are presented as lore passed down thru the generations of Dogs They are unsure of whether the stories are to be taken literally or if they are fables to learn from In fact humans are considered [...]


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