“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.

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He won three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award.

Simak attended the University of Wisconsin—Madison and then sjmak in the public schools until He began a lifelong association with the Minneapolis Star and Tribune in MinneapolisMinnesota inwhich continued until his retirement in In a blurb in Time and Again he wrote, “I have been happily married to the same woman for thirty three years and have two children. My favorite recreation is fishing the lazy way, lying in a boat and letting them come deserton me. Chess, stamp collecting, growing roses.

He was well liked by many of his science fiction-writing friends [ clarification needed ]especially Isaac Dwsertion. He died in Minneapolis on 25 April Simak became interested in science fiction after reading the works of H.

Wells as a child. Campbellat the helm of Astounding from October simam, [9] began redefining the field, Simak returned and was a regular contributor to Astounding Science Fiction as it was renamed in [9] throughout the Golden Age of Science Fiction — At first, as in the serial novel Cosmic Engineershe wrote in the tradition of the earlier “super science” subgenre that E.

His best-known book may be Citya fix-up novel based on short stories with a common theme of mankind’s eventual exodus from Earth. Simak continued to produce award-nominated novels throughout the s and s. Aided by a friend, he continued writing and publishing science fiction and, later, fantasy, into his 80s. He believed that science fiction not rooted in scientific fact was responsible for the failure of the genre to be taken seriously, and stated his aim was to make the genre a part of what he called “realistic fiction.

Simak’s stories often repeat a few basic ideas and themes. First and foremost is a simwk in rural Wisconsin. A crusty individualistic backwoodsman character literally comes with the territory, the best example being Hiram Taine, the protagonist of The Big Front Yard.

Hiram’s dog “Towser” sometimes “Bowser” is another Simak trademark being common to many of Simak’s works. But the rural setting is not always as idyllic as here; and in Ring Around the Sun it is largely dominated by intolerance and isolationism. An idea often found in Simak’s stories is that there is no past time for a time traveler to go to. Instead, our world moves along in a stream of time, and to move to a different place in time is to move to another world altogether.

Clifforv in City our Earth is overrun by ants, but the intelligent dogs and the remaining humans escape to other worlds in the time stream. 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. In Time is the Simplest Thing a paranormal escapes a mob somak moving back in time, only to find that the past is a place where there are no living things and inanimate objects are barely cllfford.


Time travel also plays an important role in the ingeniously constructed Time and Againwhich then ventures into metaphysics. A long-lost space traveler returns with a message which is SF-slanted yet religious in tone. Having crashed on a planet, he is then nurtured by ethereal duplicates—spirits?

His fuddled observations are seized upon by religious factions, and a schism then threatens to erupt into war on Earth. 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”.

Having achieved intelligence, robots move onto common desertiom such as, “Why are we here? Simak’s robot-awareness theme goes farthest in All the Traps of Earth. A year-old robot, deseriton family retainer who earned the name Richard Daniel, is considered chattel to be reprogrammed and lose all its memories.

The robot runs away, hitches onto a spaceship, and passes through hyperspace unprotected. Daniel gains the ability to see and fix problems in anything—a ship, a robot, a human—telekinetically.

Yet he’s still drifting and hunted as chattel. Finally he stumbles on a frontier planet and finds a purpose, helping the pioneers as a doctor, a servant, a colonist, and a friend. And here Daniel achieves an epiphany: Human-created robots set loose can become agents with para-human abilities that directly or indirectly benefit humanity.

Thus do robots, and Mankind, escape “all the traps of earth”. The religious theme is often present in Simak’s work, but the protagonists who have searched for God in a traditional sense tend to find something more abstract and inhuman.

Hezekiel in A Choice of Gods cannot accept this.

Simak’s short stories and longer novellas range from the contemplative and thoughtfully idyllic to pure terror, although the punch line is often characteristically understated, as in Good Night Mr. There is also a group of humorous stories, of which ” The Big Front Yard ” is the most successful. And Way Station is in the midst of all of the science fiction paraphernalia a moving psychological study of a very lonely man who has to make peace with his past and finally manages to do so, but not without personal loss.

The contemplative nature of the Simak character is a recurring trait both of theme and of the author’s style. Many of his aliens have a dry, otherworldly sense of humor, and others are unintentionally amusing, either in their speech or their appearance. So too are his robots full of personality, and even his dogs.

By contrast, his “heroes” are ciphers. His protagonists are often boring men, never described and never reappearing. They solve crises by muddling through, and if they fall in love with “the girl” also never describedit’s incidental. One of Simak’s editors objected to his stories because his heroes were “losers”.


Simak replied, “I like losers. One finds other traditional SF themes in Simak’s xlifford. The importance of knowledge and compassion in “Immigrant” and “Kindergarten”. Identity play, as in “Good Night. Mr James” filmed as The Outer Limits: The Duplicate Man in And there is the revolt of the machines in “Skirmish”. Many of these are in Strangers in the Universe.

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Finally, Simak throws in many science-fictional fillips that remain unexplained. Simak’s characters encounter alien creatures and concepts they simply cannot understand, and never will.

For example, in Special Deliverancethe humans are stalked by Simao Wailer, which turns out to be a huge wolf-like creature that bellows an infinitely sad howl. They never learn what the sesertion is, why it seems sad, or how it got there. Simak leaves mysteries hanging in his writing.

Simak himself sums up his life’s work in the Foreword to his collection Skirmish. 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.

Desertion by Clifford D. Simak

My focus has been on people, not on events. More often than not I have struck a hopeful note I have, on occasions, tried to speak out for decency and compassion, for understanding, not only in the human, but in the cosmic sense. I have tried at times to place humans in perspective against the vastness ssimak universal time and space.

I have been concerned where we, as a race, may be going, and what may be our purpose in the universal scheme—if we have a purpose. In general, I believe we do, and perhaps an important one. From to Clifford Simak wrote over desertiin novels plus four non-fiction works with Way Station winning the Hugo Award.

One of his short stories, “Good Night, Mr. Simak notes this is a “vicious story — so vicious that it is the only one of my stories adapted to television. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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