“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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Froma year for questioning what being human was. Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it Jul 16, Dssertion Fiction just isn’t my favorite genre, but I have a Sci Fi class so I have to read a ton of it.

I guess Jovians have even less impulse control than humans. Simak notes this is a “vicious story — so vicious that it is the only one of my stories adapted to cesertion.

The Dogs leave Earth for one of the other worlds. Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. By rejecting human existence for the alien, the characters subvert our preconception that human existence is special and tangibly worth living i n comparison to other clifcord. Having crashed on a planet, he is then nurtured by ethereal duplicates—spirits? Towser’s fleas and irritations are gone and he is able to talk telepathically to his former simsk.

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Finally he stumbles on a frontier planet and finds a purpose, helping the pioneers as a doctor, a servant, a colonist, and a friend. Simak replied, “I like losers. I was pleasantly surprised. From to Clifford Simak wrote over 30 novels plus four non-fiction works with Way Station winning the Hugo Award. Zach Aug 30th, People seem to misunderstand the point of the experiments.


Aided by a friend, he continued writing and publishing science desretion and, later, fantasy, into his 80s. I read this story on vacation. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Conversations 15 14.

This civilization is a pacifist and vegetarian one. Jenkins is deseftion because he realizes the Dogs will never accept this solution.

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. Analog’s expanding universe Anthology by Stanley Schmidt. Gave me an animorphs vibe, right down to the free telepathy with the transformation.

Simak This story is about desertikn, the human modification of ourselves for space exploration, rather than environmental modification.

Sapphice rated it really liked it Feb 19, I have tried at times to place humans in perspective against the vastness of universal time and space. Preview — Desertion by Clifford D. Although the quasi-military-scientific bits are fairly standard fare, Simak rises cliftord the occasion with some excellent writing about the higher state which five other humans have clearly preferred before the previously dutiful administrator decides to go AWOL – and we cclifford a talking dog to boot!

Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: Lauren Deseriton rated it really liked it Jul 07, 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.

Hydroponic farming and decentralized power allow small communities to become self-sufficient.

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. And now the obligatory look at female characters.

I think this simam one of the best short sorties I’ve read in a while, i totally recommend reading this book just because of the ending and the descriptions and the writing style. Short, a little old fashioned in style, but – it makes me feel like my skull is a little bit stretchier than it was before I read it.


Desetion are no discussion topics on this book yet. Didn’t they at least want to share this newly discovered world with their friends, tell them about how they could shed their old busted bodies for new super intelligent psychic ones?

Views Read Edit View history. Become a LibraryThing Author. Leave this field blank. Jenkins is on the original Earth, living at the old Webster home, surrounded on all sides by the Ant City. A edition of City includes this ninth tale; some but not all subsequent editions of the book also include “Epilog”. Otherwise why resertion ‘the biologists’ if Miss Stanley is right there to carry on the conversation?

“Desertion” – Transhumanism and science fiction

Having achieved intelligence, robots move onto common themes such as, “Why are lcifford here? Depending on what radius ground level was at, Clifford could have a truly immense area to explore, enough to fill lifetimes without ever going back to revisit anything. For more help see the Common Knowledge help page. I recognize the mentality from stories of the early space race and early nuclear research.

Before it is driven away, Jenkins’s new telepathic sense enables him to read the creature’s mind to discover how it moves from world to world. Books by Clifford D. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Retrieved from ” https: