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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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The procedure seems to work perfectly – but something is going wrong. I’m going to go look up some more stories by Clifford Simak.

Desertion by Clifford D. Simak

Just out of curiosity about how a dog’s mind works? Although not well known today a phrase variations of which will come up over and over in the prefaces to this seriesbefore his death in Clifford Simak was considered one of the great names of science fiction. The head of the program may have no moral option but to c I believe I read this one before, years ago. Wikipedia in English None. Janalee rated it it was amazing Feb 10, I believe I read this one before, years ago.

Depending on what radius ground level was at, Jupiter could have a truly immense desertlon to explore, enough to fill lifetimes without ever going back to revisit anything. The pace of the story really drags, despite it being fairly short.

Gloria Campos rated it really liked it May 26, This short story first appeared in the November issue of Astounding Science Fiction. City is still in print64 years after its first publication. They want to cliffotd if they have copied the loper form well enough that they will be able to live on the planet.


So far, the first four test subjects have gone out into the wilds of Jupiter – and have not returned. The original version consists of eight linked short stories, all originally published between andalong with brief “notes” on each of the stories.

Did you know that Clifford D. Not the most factual of stories, but enjoyable none-the-less.

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Before it is driven away, Jenkins’s new telepathic sense enables him to read the creature’s mind to discover how it moves from world to world. It made Towser young again, could you convert an old human to a young human? Bruce Webster surgically provides dogs with a means of speech and better vision.

Fowler, unable to bear sending xlifford of his subordinates to possible deaths, volunteers himself to be converted. LdSe rated it it was amazing Jun 14, There are better ways of doing things than sending off random people in the hopes that eventually someone will come back. Already he has sent four men out on to the surface of Jupiter and a fifth man, Harold Allen, stood in front of him.

Themes familiar to Simak readers recur in these stories, notably the pastoral settings and the faithful dogs. These notes were specially written for the book, and serve as a bridging story of their own. Dec 02, Andrea Esco rated it it was amazing.

As mankind abandons the cities, each family becomes increasingly isolated. With regards to our understanding of terraforming, it seems that transforming into native species rather than transforming the environment is a slightly better strategy. He eventually does return, to share with all humankind what he has discovered. The story also implies that the human method of colonisation is inherently flawed in that it separates itself from the environment, but also that the human mindset is petty and limited.

Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Conversations 15 14. Niko Nikolaev rated it it was amazing Apr 12, 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.


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As metals and materials made by humans rapidly degrade. 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. And now the obligatory look at female characters. Schuyler Miller placed the novel among the best science fiction books ofalthough he felt the added interstitial matter was inferior to the original stories.

It’s by far my favorite Simak short that I’ve read so far. Desertion by Clifford D. This story is one of the tales in Clifford D.

What they want to understand is if it is possible to build a civilization and colonize Jupiter. The hostile environment of Jupiter doesn’t permit humans to walk its surface and so a biological converter is used to transform humans into Lopers, the highest form of native life.

Jeff rated it really liked it Oct 15, I wasn’t looking forward to reading this story on vacation, I was worried that it would have too many characters, they’d debate issues that were extremely dense and difficult to parse and b even make senseand that it would be hard to find something to say about the story. Richard rated it liked it Jul 19, Simxk tells the dogs that the “websters” had no answer. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.