Desertion — Ch. 4 (Clifford D. Simak, ). It was not the Jupiter he had known through the televisor. He had expected it to be different, but not. Desertion — Ch. 1 (Clifford D. Simak, ). Four men, two by two, had gone into the howling maelstrom that was Jupiter and had not returned. Simak, C.D., , Desertion, in Rabkin, E.S. (ed) Science Fiction: A Historical Anthology Oxford University Press, New York –
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From Heinlein to Here by James Gunn. CD Audiobook 0 editions. This goes beyond post-humanism in its subversion of human existence, the characters are not concerned with what it means to be human, but have rather found a more ideal existence outside human experience.
Desertion by Clifford D. Simak
Each successive tale tells of further breakdown of urban society. I recognize the mentality from stories of the early space race and early nuclear research. By then, the dog civilization has spread all around the Earth, including the rest of the animals whom, little by little, the dogs introduce to their civilization. Joe steps in again, once more out of sheer mischief. This story clearly did not predict the rise of telepresence and the real world advance of sensors and probes.
Heyne Jahresband Science Fiction Short story from Is contained in The Road to Science Fiction 3: In the beginning, the driving force for dispersion is the fear of nuclear holocaust, but eventually humans discover they simply prefer the pastoral lifestyle.
Groff Conklin described City as a “strange and fascinating program. He asks smiak former master, a Webster, how to deal with the ants. That alone fixes most of the plot holes being brought up. Bob rated it really liked cliford Aug 22, He comes to realize that the Ant City is dead, just as a spaceship returns to take him to the robot worlds.
Written as a reaction to the horrors of World War Two, City depicts the long, inexorable extinction of humanity, not because of war but due to a series of unfortunate decisions, each made for what seemed like good reasons at the time.
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The fixup  novel describes a legend consisting of eight tales that the pastoral, pacifist Dogs recite as they pass down an oral legend of a creature known as Man. Gloria Campos rated it really liked it May 26, Megan Votour rated it really liked it Mar 03, 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.
The original version consists of eight linked short stories, all originally published between andalong with brief “notes” on each of the stories.
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The tales primarily focus around the Webster family and their robot servant, Jenkins. Much of humankind becomes so lonely that it eventually dies simakk.
By destroying human notions of our own importance through upbeat story telling “Desertion” takes on a unique anti- and post-humanist outlook, which uses technology not so that we can become more human, but so we can become something totally alien.
Viewing Jupiter as a Loper is different than as a human, Fowler is surprised that the environment, perceived as hostile by humans, is quite pleasant as a Loper. Add to Your books. Realizing that humanity cannot peacefully coexist with the Dogs and the other animals, Jenkins uses the knowledge to take his human charges to one of the other worlds.
Still hold up well, yb has been reprinted many, many times: Poorly equipped for thinking, poorly equipped in certain sense that one has to have to know. If you enjoyed this cliffrd then you might also like A Martian Odysseyabout an astronaut who walks several hundred miles across the Martian landscape, and the amazing life forms he encounters, by Stanley G. It made Towser young again, could you convert an old cliifford to a young human? deserton
Looking back at how much I’ve written about it, this was a good story. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Although the quasi-military-scientific bits are fairly standard fare, Simak rises to 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 get a talking dog to boot!
She’s a highly sought-after machine operator but not counted among the biologists. I can’t decide if it’s a good trade, giving up the open possibilities of all of space for the huge but still bounded surface of Jupiter. The breakdown of civilization allows wandering mutant geniuses to grow up unrestrained by conventional mores. Zach Aug 30th, People seem to misunderstand the point of the experiments. Now as the rest of the people in the survey dome are talking about the disappearances, and the biologists are insisting that it has nothing to do with the Loper transformations, Fowler decides to take a huge risk to find out exactly what is happening to his men.
But apparently it is because no one has ever come back! Some of the ideas and themes explored sending minions out into danger from behind the safety of a shield were very much topical to and still unfortunately apply today.