By Clifford D. Simak
This award-winning technological know-how fiction vintage explores a far-future global inhabited by way of clever dogs who go down the stories in their human forefathers.
millions of years have handed considering the fact that humankind deserted the city—first for the nation-state, then for the celebs, and finally for oblivion—leaving their so much unswerving animal partners on my own on the earth. Granted the facility of speech centuries prior via the respected Bruce Webster, the clever, pacifist canines are the final keepers of human background, elevating their doggies with bedtime tales, handed down via generations, of the misplaced “websters” who gave them a lot yet won't ever go back. by means of Jenkins, an ageless carrier robotic, the canine reside in a global of concord and peace. yet they now face critical threats from their very own and different dimensions, possibly the main harmful of all being the reawakened remnants of a warlike race known as “Man.”
within the Golden Age of Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein, Clifford D. Simak’s writing blazed as brightly as anyone’s within the technological know-how fiction firmament. Winner of the foreign fable Award, City is a powerful literary city packed with an magnificent array of interlinked tales and structures—at as soon as dystopian, transcendent, compassionate, and visionary.
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It’s quitting time at the mine,” Tracy explained. ” Steve smiled as they drove through the intersection. Next door to the tavern was Denning’s Mercantile, the windows obscured with white paper and a large sign announcing a grand opening in a week. Grand opening? Well, the town couldn’t be doing too bad, Steve thought, but in this little place a grand opening could prove to be a nonevent. Beyond the businesses, set back from the main road, were houses and garages, bunched together in the limited space, separated by narrow strips of rocky ground, good attempts at lawns, and an occasional fence made of whatever was at hand, from mining timbers to oil drums.
Maggie pressed closely against the door as if for protection. All around, the town lay in the cold, gray colors of night, and to her, every darkened window, every shadow, seemed to be hiding something sinister. “Elmer, if you could just let me in for a while . ” She could hear Bertha begging Elmer in a voice that quavered with fear. ” he yelled through the door. “Please . ” Elmer’s voice sounded frightened as he said, “Go away, you hear me? ” She turned away, and the dogs barked at her until she was out of sight.
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