Here is a masterful tale of an Earth overrun by ants, a series of parallel worlds ruled by dogs, and a Jupiter where the human race finds its Gold Age - if "human" it could still be called.
BONUS AUDIO: City includes an exclusive introduction by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Mike Resnick.
©1980 Clifford D. Simak; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"Simak's unforgettable compassion and affection for all creation shines through." (scifi.com)
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This was a book I couldn't stop reading and it was also a book I couldn't stop thinking about once it ended. It's message was thought provoking. A story of a family, the Websters, the plot evolves into the ultimate destruction of humanity. And yet we see that other alien races in the novel tend to make similar errors as they, too evolve. Life's questions, such as "to kill or not to kill" and "what does it mean to be human" and even the more abstract scifi rule to not interfere with another race are prevalent throughout the novel. If you are looking for a light reading experience, this is not the novel to read. But if you are looking for a book that will evoke discussion and comment on the human condition, this is a gold mine. Do not let the age of the book fool you into thinking it is no longer pertinent. The story is more pertinent today than it could have been when it was first written. The author's own comment prior to the Epilogue was intriguing. The narrators were very good and overall, this was an excellent read. I am delighted I bought it.
"A very special kind of story."
A little Rickety around the edges as any novel from the 1940s imagining the far future would be, it is the only criticism of an otherwise remarkable narrative. A leading writer in the field of speculative fiction, Simak created his own sub-genre that explored the nature of humanity and the universe with optimism, compassion and gentleness. His words hold a special kind of magic, based on a undefined spirituality that sets him apart from the humanistic philosophies of so many of his contemporaries. Listening to his words, one cannot but help feel that Simak was one special kind of man. Probably not for everyone, this is not space opera, this is sci-fi as philosophy and literature.
This is a very interesting and thought provoking story. I liked Way Station better, perhaps because it was one continuous story. The City stories are linked as well by the robit character of Jenkins who ends up being very close to human, sort of super human. It's just a little harder to care about him. Harder to care about the Websters after they give up. Overall, I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it to any SciFi lover.
"Change is, after all, inevitable"
A series of 8 short stories recounting the last decades of the human race and the ascendence of Dogs as the dominant species-- and how different their mindset is regarding the world and minor lifeforms.
Every story deals with a form of change in the society and how Humans, Dogs and Robots deal with it. All of them written and published between 1944 and 1951. Simak is a gifted author, City still a very enjoyable read and the audio performance is very nice. Worth your time.
"*Beautiful Example of Classic Sci-Fi*"
Although it took two chapters before this novel really got its legs, I can't say enough great things about it.
I have read a lot of Simak's other works, and City is, BY FAR, his best.
It's really a shame that science fiction of this high caliber no longer exists as plentifully as it did during the 1950's & 60's.
Pick this one up if you are a fan of Robert Sheckley, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, or Ray Bradbury.
Really, really excellent listen.
9.37 / 10.00
"Reader is odd"
The sound production isn't great. He reader has a nice voice but such a boring cadence. I only got through the first chapter.
"touching and brilliant"
this book ripped my brain apart it's so amazing. it doesn't feel crusty at all in fact it is still incredibly relevant
"a book from my past"
I enjoyed it but of course is kind of out dated and not as good as I remembered it, But it is a classic...
"Interesting but not profound"
Between chapters they warn you might not understand or you might be upset. It's an interesting story but not as profound as it professes to be.
Simak's Way Station is an energetic, exciting and fun novel. That's why I went directly for City.
What a disappointment. City plods along at a sluggish pace. At the same time it jumps from era to era without giving the reader time to care about the characters.
You do not get to find out the fate of the people who populate the book. Instead it just jumps ahead several hundred years without telling the reader what happened.
For example the reader goes from a post WW2 atomic society to thinking robots and talking dogs in the first 3 hours of the book. This might sound interesting. It is not.
The book clumps along at the pace of a seventy-year-old man wearing lead healed shoes.
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