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  • 14 June 2019

About the Author: 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 Wikipedia See



10 thoughts on “City

  1. says:

    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, so wide in scope, that it made you dizzy to contemplate it.Simak s book is certainly ambitious Originally a series of eight short stories published from 44 tp 51, it stretches than ten thousand years in the future, from the days when men abandoned the large industrial cities in fear of the atomic bomb, through the growing isolation and disappearance the human species, unable to come to grips with its own violence or feel comfortable in its own skin, to the new order established on earth by the talking dogs and their robot helpers, who now face the threat of a rising insect civilization.Unfortunately, City, though broad in scope, lacks depth The writing style is merely serviceable, and the characters are often thin, their motivations uncomplicated Worse, the world itself lacks credibility, evolving according to a child like version of lamarckian inheritance for example, some genius sets a glass dome over an anthill so the little dudes won t have to hibernate, and soon they are building little factories and pushing things around in tiny carts Such deficiences, however, are almost counterbalanced by the ingenious, self referential framework of the novel Simak connects his eight stories with a series of introductory scholarly notes that summarize the opinions of Doggish critics through the centuries with names like Rover, Tighe, and Towser , who analyze the significance of these fabulous ancient folktales and conjecture that humankind itself may be nothing but a canine myth.Which is wild, man, it could blow your top, make you flip your lid as my twelve year old self might say And if the twelve year old philosopher lives in you as he still lives in me you may find something to enjoy in Simak s City.

  2. says:

    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 doom well, i suppose it sort of is but minus the doom part there is a kind of transcendence achieved, or at least a movement by mankind into a state that is clearly glorious and exuberant than their earthly forms they reach for the stars ding, ding, ding, cliche time arrives but don t quite get there eh, no matter how does the song go you can t always get what you want but if you try sometimes you get what you need man gets what he needs when dogs inherit the earth well, perhaps, not our earth man is basically a mythical creature the stories in City are tales told and studied by the dog race a millenia in the future.the novel is subtle, nuanced, tender even tempered and even handed the prose is clean and straightforward and rather literary as well the narrative is anything but straightforward, although the stories move sequentially in time people and places and things and ideas are mentioned, developed, dropped, and yet always return nothing of value is left abandoned this is not a novel that is by any means thuddingly obvious i was consistently surprised at the twists and turns that each story took and how the story of our future history is developed and don t expect hard science or any realistic science in general when reading this expect yearning and melancholy and kindness and a sweet sort of poetry and an infinite largneness of spirit it is a classic novel for many good reasons i was completely enthralled the kind of novel where, after i finished, all i wanted to do was hug the author for creating it.of particular interest to me was the depiction of a society based on mechanistic ideas compared to that of a society based around i suppose the word would be psychic ideas that still doesn t feel like the right word some kind of word that includes psychic but also spiritual and emotional and mental ish ah well, words fail him a typical human failing this would be a 5 star book for me but, sad to say, i did find the first story to be rather weak the second story was interesting but i wasn t quite sold the third story and beyond perfection.but hey, what is it all about well,ants evolving into mysterious threats and building strange structures, flights into alternate dimensions, dimensions that dogs can see, threats that exist in those dimensions and sometimes cross over, a robot guardian named Jenkins guardian to the future race of dogs, intelligent animals, a brotherhood of animals, the last city of Geneva fallen silent and its denizens sleeping an endless sleep, the race of men transported elsewhere, the race of men now a handful of bow and arrow naturals, psychic robots, wild robots, mutant humans living in castles and crossing the universe through strange doorways, the family known as Webster forever moving mankind forward or not , a trap for humans built by mutants a trap based around empathy, a terrible and remorseless mutant named Joe, Jupiter as a gateway to transcendence, the ability to change form and adapt to Jupiter, Nathaniel the first genetically enhanced dog, census taking on a pastoral world, agoraphobia, Martian philosophers, a Martian plague, humanity moves first to the countryside and then from the earth itself, the death of citiesand now i must beg your indulgence view spoiler hide spoiler

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    This is a challenging review as I m surprised I didn t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would Oh, I still enjoyed it, and certainly appreciated it But it didn t capture me as tightly as Way Station I haven t forgotten that it was written in the 1940 s and I think readers must consider that fact I m still excited to read Simak, and this book works on many levels, but I failed to completely lose myself in it, as I do with my favorite reads However, Simak as an author continues to grow on me He s genuinely midwestern and writes calm, thoughtful science fiction He has a strong connection to nature, and it shows in his prose He s a storyteller and I d love to be able to share a whisky with him on his front porch while he spins a yarn I ve heard him referred to as na ve and even preachy and I think that s at least partly true But if an author asks questions than provides answers, I m ok with some overt themes If you re not trying to express yourself in your writing, what s it for Anyway, on one level this is an expansive story that covers dramatic social change, robots, human mutants, animal uplift, planetary expansion, and even parallel dimensions It s a great deal to cover in a roughly 200 page book Which incidentally is really a series of eight short stories and novellas with overarching notes that provide some context and tie the stories together If your looking for hard sci fi, look elsewhere Much of the technology is never explained, and many parts of the story are disjointed and incomplete This is, I believe, intentional, as the books is represented as fragmented historical archives that might, in fact, be fables or allegories told by generations of sentient dogs.A second layer is the examination of family and human s focus on home He questions the necessity of cities and what would be both lost and gained if they were abandoned Simak envisions warm fires in the hearth, a glass of fine whiskey, in a place that you can call home, a place with deep roots and a strong connection to a family linage Much of the book is melancholy and subdued Characters including robots often look back to the past with nostalgia.Part of the issue with this book, is that to cover vast spans of time thousands and thousands of years , much of the story rides above the characters and the action We do get pulled into specific characters and events, but rarely long enough to become invested On another level, the framework of the story exists to allow Simak to explore his ideas around human nature and human destiny While most sci fi authors explore population explosions or overcrowding, Simak examines the opposite, a continuous decline of mankind s numbers on the Earth Along with the dwindling population, robots and other advancement eliminate the need for labor This allows Simak to question humanities ability to persist without the struggle of toil and conquest to provide drive and motivation I m sure this was an advanced novel for its time I m not claiming Simak established concepts such as robotics or mutants or animal uplift or radical social change over thousands of years, but certainly those areas were still relatively unexplored ground in the 1940 s A creative series of campfire stories told over generations by sentient dogs, about the decline of humanity Four stars for this sprawling in scope, yet strangely brief sequence of fables that serve to examine human nature and our potential destiny.

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    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 lesser known book All Flesh is Grass is the first science fiction novel I ever read, I took to the genre like a duck to water and never looked back since So, I feel like I owe him than any other SF authors a debt of thanks His works are sometimes described as pastoral science fiction , they usually have a rural setting and extol the virtues of the countryside life There is also an avuncular feel to his prose style that is quite comforting and relaxing to read City is one of his best known books, the winner of the International Fantasy Award for 1952 , and a part of the SF Masterworks series In spite of the title, the book is not about a particular city or of cities in general It is a fix up novel comprising nine stories with an interstitial introduction by a dog stop laughing back there for each of the first eight, the ninth story was published than twenty years after the others, and is introduced by the author City, in spite of its modest page count of around 224 pages, is epic in scope The first half of the book depicts the slow decline of human civilization, as atomic powered personal air transport, hydroponics and space colonization do away with poverty, hunger and the need for people to live in cities Later on, most of humanity migrate to live in Jupiter where they can live in paradise, at the cost of losing their humanity through extreme physical modification The few humans remaining on Earth are catered for by robots and live a meaningless life of plenty A scientist named Bruce Webster surgically modifies dogs to give them sapient intelligence, speech, and literacy and gives rise to humanity s successor not usurper From then on the book shifts its focus to the rise of the dog s civilization, with help and guidance from a robot called Jenkins, and robots in general that function as the dogs hands for tasks which require building Towards the end of the book, humans become mythical creatures most dogs no longer believe in don t worry, this is not a spoiler, the introduction to the very first story written by a dog already mentions this.In spite of the decline and fall of humanity City is not a dystopian sci fi, mankind fades away somewhat happily, in a post scarcity civilization, eventually most of them finding a happier state of being and leaving their humanity behind Simak has a rare ability to make his stories compelling without including action scenes as such The pacing and tone of his narrative tend to be contemplative but the philosophical questions he raises are often fascinating and than make up for the absence of edge of the seat thrills Considering it is a fix up novel where the first eight stories were originally published between 1944 and 1951, and the ninth in 1973 it is surprising cohesive as a novel The robot Jenkins, practically a protagonist, appears in most of the stories and the shadow of the Webster family looms over all of them, even after the family members are long gone The interconnected stories are all very good individually, but together they form a wonderful narrative with an epic story arc that spans thousands of years.Simak was never a hard science fiction writer, quite the opposite even The science behind his fiction is mostly rather vague and of the handwavium variety For examples, some robots begin to develop psychic abilities, how The surgical modifications Webster made to the dogs breed through to successive generations of dogs How Ah nevermind Perhaps this is why he is not as revered as the likes of Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein from the same era The robots in this book are practically indistinguishable from humans in term of personality and behavior, except they are all very nice and kind While there is no actual tragedy in this book the narrative does develop an air of melancholic wistfulness towards the end, where the themes of abandonment and loneliness become dominant The dogs and the robots are utterly charming, and the Webster family members are sympathetic and believable There are no villains as such, except some unsympathetic mutants and the inscrutable ants I had a great if slightly wistful time reading City, and I thoroughly recommend it.__________________________ Yes, it is very old, but it s like fine wine.Notes There are many variants of City book covers This one best represents the book, I think This one also comes close This is the edition I actually bought decades ago If I can t convince you to read City, perhaps this great article at Tor.com can Simak s Way Station is also an unmissable classic.Quotes Aside from the concept of the city, another concept which the reader will find entirely at odds with his way of life and which may violate his very thinking, is the idea of war and of killing Killing is a process, usually involving violence, by which one living thing ends the life of another living thing War, it would appear, was mass killing carried out on a scale which is inconceivable The city is an anachronism It has outlived its usefulness Hydroponics and the helicopter spelled its downfall If Man had taken a different path, might he not, in time to come, have been as great as Dog

  5. says:

    So far the strongest candidate for the best book I read this year.

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    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 this case Simak sure got it wrong According to the United Nations, Today, 54 per cent of the world s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050 Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050 However, in Simak s 1980 s, the opposite has happened With the energy crisis utterly solved by atomics, personal planes becoming ubiquitous, and hydroponic advances eliminating the need for farmland, the concept of the city has died Most people have gotten the hell out of Dodge, and commute to their jobs from distant, expansive estates Without cities to serve as targets for bombs, world peace has finally arrived.However, as with any radical social shift, there are a few kinks to be worked out, and some dissatisfaction to be dealt with perhaps in an uncomfortably totalitarian way Huddling Place Jul 1944 Two hundred years after the events of the previous story, the descendants of the characters in City are still living on their country estate similarly to most of humanity Martian civilization has been discovered, and friendly relations are in effect However, an unfortunate side effect of humanity s new lifestyle is just emerging served by robots and with access to what seems just like the Internet, people don t need to physically go anywhere and have developed extreme agoraphobic tendencies Census Sep 1944 This third segment definitely works better in the context of the whole than as a standalone A census taker comes out to the old estate Another couple of generations have passed The government is interested in any anomalous events and the census taker indeed finds them here A scientific tinkerer has created talking dogs and a mysterious mountain man who doesn t seem to age is reputed to show up, fix things, and disappear without waiting for thanks Desertion Nov 1944 I believe I read this one before, years ago It s by far my favorite Simak short that I ve read so far.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 The procedure seems to work perfectly but something is going wrong So far, the first four test subjects have gone out into the wilds of Jupiter and have not returned.The head of the program may have no moral option but to change tack Paradise Jun 1946 We re now a thousand years from the time of the first story.This one ties in elements of the previous stories mutants without a social instinct, the promise of an unfinished Martian philosophy which may actually have been completed by said mutants , robots and intelligent dogs But the main focus is on the possibility of a Paradise on Jupiter the attainment of which might involve giving up something intrinsic to the human identity Hobbies Nov 1946 The dogs have begun to rise, forming their own society The vast majority of human have opted for what, today we d call the singularity joining the transcended on Jupiter Only a few thousand humans remain on Earth, and of those, many have opted for a virtual reality of dreams, not planning to come out of their hibernations for hundreds of years The few left awake while away their time pursuing non essential hobbies.I thought this segment was a bit over long it dragged in parts But many of the ideas it contains feel very ahead of their time Aesop Dec 1947 Again, this piece works in the context of the novel, but wouldn t be that strong on its own The dogs, now ascendant on Earth, have established a society of peace and non violence, raising up all the other animals to intelligence is a world where the lion does indeed lie down with the lamb However, there are cracks in this perfect facade, and undercurrents of the animal nature of these creatures.Meanwhile, with the elimination of the predator prey relationships, overpopulation is becoming a serious issue The answer may lie in the recent discovery of parallel worlds The Simple Way The Trouble with Ants Jan 1951 The subtitle says it all Harking back to a by the by bit mentioned in one of the early stories, the dogs, still the dominant species on Earth, have noticed a disturbing phenomenon the ant civilization, long ago uplifted to steal David Brin s term casually by a tinkering mutant, is now expanding rapidly Are the ants, whose thought processes are opaque, planning on taking over the planet The fate of the Earth may come down to a moral choice Interesting, that choice is, once again, in the hands of a robot It s a recurring but unexamined trope in this cycle that a lot of the hinge points rest on robots one robot, to be precise Epilog 1973Written over 20 years later, this story was not originally included in City It also lacks the entertaining fictional notes that precede the other stories, instead having a serious note Here, yet another civilization has fallen, and it s time for Jenkins, the robot, who s been the constant throughout all these stories, to decide whether it s time to close up shop.It s very similar in fee to Simak s All the Traps of Earth, I thought.Many thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Media for the opportunity to read this book As always, my opinions are solely my own.

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    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 I thought the conceit of the story notes added great depth to the ideas put forth in the stories The book consists of eight stories and a framework of notes that precede each story I d like to call them anthropological field notes, but I think the accurate term might be caninological, since they are written by an advanced race of dogs These are the stories the Dogs tell, when the fires burn high and the wind is from the north, says one of the early notes The stories the dogs examine span twelve thousand years, starting in a near future with dates now past Some of the stories are put forth as apocryphal, some as fables, some as containing a germ of truth They discusses the nature of time, and the nature of the bond between dogs and people, and the nature of dogs, and the instincts that govern both A human family by the name of Webster is present in almost all of the tales The Webster family robot, Jenkins, serves as the human proxy when no human is available, and as a common thread woven through the lengthy timeline Jenkins is a surprisingly rich character, with fascinating motives I had never read Simak before, and didn t expect the beauty of the language or the depth of the ideas he explores Though this is a story of dog, it is also a story of mutants and robots and ants and men and websters and Websters and cities and aliens and cobblies, all of which cycle in and out of the stories I loved the way various members of that cast of characters appeared and reappeared New situations were sketched with a deft hand, bringing the reader up to date quickly despite jumps of thousands of years If I have any complaint, it is the absolute lack of female characters I don t think a single female dog is named in the entire book, and there are only a couple of human women, dismissed quickly I can justify it somewhat by making a connection to fables and fireside stories, and suggesting that each Wolf and Bear and Squirrel is meant to stand for something larger Still, it speaks to the quality of the stories and the concepts and the prose that I was mostly able to ignore the rather glaring omission of half of the population I would probably name this as my new favorite novel in stories.

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    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 great downfall, but the reasoning behind the downfall was doggone great I found myself feeling ok, all around, with the eventuality of everything that happened I might even say this was a feel good book, and full of optimism Seriously, it was a novel full of contradictions, and I was delighted to no end.

  9. says:

    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 as it was the audiobook from audible.com also included the ninth story in the City series called Epilog which was written over 20 years after the others I did not like this story as much as the others, but it was still an okay coda Overall Highly recommended Winner International Fantasy Award 91952

  10. says:

    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 of those groups that remain on Earth.I would describe Simak s writing style as pastoral, contemplative, philosophical, and understated, and as he was born in rural Wisconsin, there is a recurring theme in his books of rugged Midwestern individuals who take greater pleasure in solitude and the countryside than in crowded cities As his favorite pastimes were fishing, chess, stamp collecting, and gardening, it s easy to see how his personality makes its way into his stories He was designated a SFWA Grand Master and was well regarded in the SF field However, for readers with modern sensibilities, his books may seem very quaint and uneventful Certainly I wouldn t consider his books fast paced or intense But if your temperament is aligned with his, you might like his work.In City, we are introduced to the Webster family, who live in the countryside in a future where humanity has developed a decentralized society of independent farms and abandoned city life As this is the exact opposite of how the world has developed in our world, it s interesting to speculate how much of this is wish fulfillment for Simak, and how much is based on unbiased extrapolation I d hazard that after WWII, based on the explosive growth of suburbs and urban jobs, it s hard to argue that people would move towards a agrarian existence, although he does give the threat of nuclear attack as an incentive to live decentralized lives on farms with their dogs and robots.The story proceeds to show how robots become increasingly sophisticated and start to develop intelligence, centered on a faithful robot servant named Jenkins I wonder if he had the butler s outfit or not There is also a faithful dog named Towser There are many hokey scenes of Webster men hunting with their dogs and going after squirrels and rabbits and so on, and these really bored me, but they might appeal to readers yearning for simple country life The early parts of the book really lacked any kind of narrative energy, as very little happens, and I found it hard to care much about the main characters.From there the stories move out into space, as mankind seeks to colonize Jupiter, an inhospitable gaseous environment To survive there, they must take the drastic step of transforming their bodies to a suitable form, which opens up telepathic communication between man and dogs who also went through the process The new bodies and lifestyle are appealing than human life back on Earth, and these creatures choose to remain on Jupiter Later on, other humans decide to migrate to Jupiter as well, leaving on a small scattering of humans back on Earth I found this story fairly hard to follow, even though the ideas were interesting.Later stories jump 10,000 years further into the future, when dog civilization has taken over the Earth, assisted by robots Dogs have developed a pacifist society where all animals are respected and not eaten any Dogs are less interested in the mechanical and intellectual pursuits of humans, but instead pursue intuitive directions Meanwhile, there are small enclaves of Websters a synonym for humans still surviving, but they live a lonely existence bereft of initiative, and many decide to go into hibernation in the hopes of seeing a better future for humans At the same time, some new beings called cobblies appear, and apparently they can travel between worlds The robot Jenkins who is remarkably still around, still faithfully doing his best butler impression finds a way to emulate this ability to enter other worlds, and decides that humans would be better off somewhere away from dog civilization My interest at this point was flagging pretty badly, so I really had a tough time keeping up with the story s details.In the finals parts of City, Simak returns his focus to Earth, which has now been taken over by an Ant City, a process first began by a mutant telepath in one of the earlier stories who has meddled in human affairs but has little sympathy for normal men Throughout the stories the mutants co exist with other beings only grudgingly The ever helpful Jenkins seeks a solution for the ants by consulting with the last Websters, but they merely suggest poisoning the ants to destroy them As the dogs are a pacifist race, they opt instead to leave the Earth to the ant civilization It took the entire book for me to figure out why it is called City, which I feel was a poor choice of title since it doesn t really describe the storyline at all If anything, the book could have been entitled Country Living, or When Rover Takes Over, or A Man and His Dog and Robot Servant I ve wanted to read Simak s books for a long time, particularly City and Way Station, the latter having won the 1964 Hugo Award I can certainly see the care he put into his writing, and City abounds with interesting SF ideas, but I found them extremely implausible and not very well explained His characters also struck me as flat and uninteresting, and the storyline was frankly quite boring I listened to the audiobook narrated by Peter Ganim, and he did a good job capturing the meditative tone of the story However, that was a double edged sword as I was continually struggling to maintain any interest in the book, and my concentration failed again and again This might have been less so if I read a print copy, but then I ve listened to many audiobooks and loved them, so I have to believe the story was the problem Next time I read a story about the world going to the dogs and robots , I m hoping it will be convincing.

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