City Hardcover – Feb 1992
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“Just about any work by Simak deserves to be considered a classic and City is no exception. . . . A unique perspective on the race of man and a fantastic read.” —SFBook.com
About the Author
Simak was best known for the book City, a reaction to the horrors of World War II, and for his novel Way Station. In 1953 City was awarded the International Fantasy Award, and in following years, Simak won three Hugo Awards and a Nebula Award. In 1977 he became the third Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and before his death in 1988, he was named one of three inaugural winners of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.
DAVID W. WIXON was a close friend of Clifford D. Simak’s. As Simak’s health declined, Wixon, already familiar with science fiction publishing, began more and more to handle such things as his friend’s business correspondence and contract matters. Named literary executor of the estate after Simak’s death, Wixon began a long-term project to secure the rights to all of Simak’s stories and find a way to make them available to readers who, given the fifty-five-year span of Simak’s writing career, might never have gotten the chance to enjoy all of his short fiction. Along the way, Wixon also read the author’s surviving journals and rejected manuscripts, which made him uniquely able to provide Simak’s readers with interesting and thought-provoking commentary that sheds new light on the work and thought of a great writer.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Classic Golden Age Sci Fi. Clifford weaves an intriguing tale by weaving eight short stories into one saga. Extremely well written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bootsy Bass