City [With Headphones]

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ISBN-13: 9781615875306
Publisher: Findaway World
Publication date: 01/28/2010
Product dimensions: 4.68(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.23(d)

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During his fifty-five-year career, Clifford D. Simak (1904-1988) produced some of the most iconic science fiction stories ever written. Born on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin, Simak got a job at a small-town newspaper in 1929 and eventually became news editor of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, writing fiction in his spare time. He is the author of the Hugo Award¿winning classic Way Station as well as City.

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City 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A collection of masterfully written tales spanning generations of one family. Throughout time they teach a dog to talk, which helps when the dogs take over the world, they have a robot who ends up being the companion of the dogs when all of the people migrate or die off, and they end up changing the course of history forever. It's very futuristic and is a true work of science fiction genius. It is one of the best novels that I've ever read. It is also complete with notes on each story so that you don't get confused or lose yourself in the plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new edition of CITY features the final CITY story 'Epilog' and Simak's 1976 foreword, making this the first complete edition of CITY. And it's printed on quality paper, sewn binding - making it a book that will last longer than you! Winner of the International Fantasy Award (the same award won by Tolkien) CITY tells the story of the probably mythical human race, stories as told by the dogs around their campfires. Here's what others say: 'When I began to read SF, my idea of it was formed by Asimov and Heinlein, my idea of what it ought to be by Sturgeon and Clifford Simak. The first has changed, the second has not. You will never get read CITY as lonely kid devouring the latest issue of Astounding. This is the next best thing.' - - Gene Wolfe ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 'Simak's novels are gripping, humane, and always unpredictable. He was one of our very best. Ever.' - - Jack McDevitt ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 'Clifford Simak was one of the finest writers to ever grace science fiction; there has never been another voice quite like his. CITY and WAY STATION are two of his best novels; if you haven't read them, now is a perfect opportunity.' - - Allen Steele ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 'What brought me to SF was SF itself. The first authors I read who actually MOVED me were Ray Bradbury and Clifford Simak, SF great mid-century romantics.' - - Terry Bisson ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 'I couldn't help but notice the simplicity and directness of the writing - the utter clarity of it. I made up my mind to imitate it, and I labored over the years to make my writing simpler, clearer, more uncluttered, to present my scenes on a bare stage.' - Isaac Asimov
GoodreadsRose More than 1 year ago
This story has been on my 'to read' list for at least a couple of years. I suppose I could have tried to find a dead tree edition but I enjoy reading ebooks so much more. Up until now, Simak's books were not available as an ebook but City and Way Station will be released in July in this format. I was lucky enough to get an early copy from the publisher. City is a collection of short stories that Simak must have intended to eventually put together in one book. They are the story of man, his evolution, his demise, and the subsequent rise of the animals...with the assistance of robots. It spans thousands of years but mainly focuses on one family - the Websters. The Websters seem to have a hand in most major turning points in history (or in this case, the future). The story begins after the creation of easy-to-use atomic power and personal helicopters. This provides a way for people to leave the confines of the city and move to the countryside, but be able to take quick trips back for work. This brings about the collapse of the city structure and this sets the stage for the various things that happen and the evolutionary turns that are taken by all Earth's creatures. This is a true classic and I am pleased to report that the writing isn't dated. It stood the test of time. I would recommend it for readers of science fiction and dystopian stories.
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ngabriel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book that explores what it means to be human.
rboyechko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While definitely one of the more fantastic science fiction books, I enjoyed it quite a bit and it's still quite fresh in my memory even after years since I've read it. Perhaps the most unbelievable element were the intelligent dogs with modified vocal cords to permit speech.
grundlecat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the great science fiction books of all time. Still reads fresh and real in the 21st century. And, of course, the Dogs are awesome.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It sounds dumb when you try to describe it: "Well, in the future, Dogs are the dominant species, and..." But trust me, it's really, really good.
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Gadsden More than 1 year ago
There are good science fiction stories; page turners that captivate and provide easy, fun summertime reads. Then there are great science fiction stories: stories that leave us pondering its content long after you’ve turned the last page. City, by Clifford D. Simak goes well beyond that. This is a Classic. It’s everything that a Science Fiction novel should be: Extraordinary, a bit of social commentary, a leap of faith, heartfelt and at times haunting. The novel, originally published in 1952, is a compilation of several short stories written by Simak between 1944 and 1951 and published in Astounding Science Fiction magazine. (The story “Epilog” was written later in 1973 and after 1980 was added to the novel.) Written especially for the novel, “Scholarly Notes and Discussions” are included before each story, presenting futuristic viewpoints from learned, talking dogs debating the validity of these possible myths and legends. They ask the eternal doggish questions: “What is Man? What is City? What is War?” Yes. Talking Dogs. Just go with it. Seriously. City is not bogged down by the mechanics of science. There are robots that last for a millennium, hologram suites and man-created talking dogs. Don’t fret over the technicalities. Yes, some of the “tech” sounds dated, but in the context that these stories are being presented, it’s like debating whether or not Noah could have fit all those animals in the Ark. Because that’s what these stories are about. These are myths, legends; tails told around the fire (see what I did there?). Doggish scholars debate their legitimacy. This is the creation story of Dog and the fall of a being called Man. Simak is a Grand Master of Science Fiction. That’s not me talking. It’s an actual title. He is the third Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers Association. City is considered a masterpiece. Long after you read the last page you will ponder the myths, legends and beliefs in your own life. Are they true or merely myths invented to help the human race understand their past? City was on my short list of novels to read for many years. I lament it took me this long to finally get around to reading it. Don’t make the same mistake I did. I highly recommend this novel.
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