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    • ISBN:9780575122321
    • Publication date:30 Jan 2014

Clifford Simak SF Gateway Omnibus

By Clifford D. Simak

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An omnibus edition of three classic Clifford D. Simak science fiction novels: TIME IS THE SIMPLEST THING, WAY STATION and A CHOICE OF GODS.

From the vaults of The SF Gateway, the most comprehensive digital library of classic SFF titles ever assembled, comes an ideal introduction to the work of one of the giants of the Golden Age, Clifford D. Simak.

A regular contributor to ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION throughout the influential John W. Campbell era, Simak produced a body of highly regarded work, winning the NEBULA and multiple HUGO AWARDs, and is best known for his story suite of future histories, City. This omnibus collects three novels that explore his favoured theme of a depopulated future: TIME IS THE SIMPLEST THING, A CHOICE OF GODS and the HUGO AWARD-winning WAY STATION.

Biographical Notes

Clifford Donald Simak was born in Wisconsin, in 1904. He attended the University of Wisconsin and spent his working life in the newspaper business. He flirted briefly with science fiction in the early 1930s but did not start to write seriously until John W. Campbell's ASTOUNDING STORIES began to rejuvenate the field in 1937. Simak was a regular contributor to ASTOUNDING throughout the Golden Age, producing a body of well-regarded work. He won the NEBULA and multiple HUGO AWARDs, and in 1977 was the third writer to be named a Grand Master by SFWA. He died in 1988.

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  • ISBN: 9781473201958
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Gateway

Empire

Clifford D. Simak
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Gateway

Project Pope

Clifford D. Simak
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On the Rim planet fittingly called End of Nothing, a bizarre society of robots and humans toiled for a thousand years to perfect a religion that would create a new and all-embracing faith - no novelty in a galaxy crowded with religions. But one project was hidden from the hordes of pilgrims welcomed at Vatican-17 on End of Nothing. A group of trained human sensitives were sending their minds ranging through all of time and space, gathering information. With that information, a computer of infinite knowledge, wisdom and infallibility was being constructed in secret - the ultimate Pope.Of the three outsiders allowed residence on End of Nothing, one was tolerated at a distance by Vatican-17, one was welcome - and one was a threat to be countered.Decker hardly mattered. His lifeboat had landed him on the remote planet, and he kept to himself in the wilderness. Neither the human nor robot authorities knew of the unseen companion who whispered constantly in Decker's mind.Dr Jason Tennyson had fled the political furies of his homeworld. Here, Vatican-17's physician had died, and Tennyson's skills were desperately needed and well rewarded.Jill Roberts was a journalist in quest of a sensational story she had scented. Vatican-17 knew she could not be allowed to break the news of Project Pope before it was completed - and debated two possible ways of stopping her.The one of the Searcher sensitives threw Vatican-17 into turmoil, threatening its very existence and involving the three outsiders in a sudden power struggle between human and robot.Drifting in unsuspecting dimensions, the woman had encountered Heaven!

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Destiny Doll

Clifford D. Simak
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The Fellowship of the Talisman

Clifford D. Simak
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Time and Again

Clifford D. Simak
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Shakespeare's Planet

Clifford D. Simak
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Way Station

Clifford D. Simak
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Cemetery World

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

Earth: expensive, elite graveyard to the galaxy. Ravaged 10,000 years earlier by war, Earth was reclaimed by its space-dwelling offspring as a planet of landscaping and tombstones. None of them fully human, Fletcher, Cynthia, and Elmer journey through this dead world, discovering human traits and undertaking a quest to rebuild a human world on Earth.

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The Goblin Reservation

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Out of Their Minds

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

Out of their minds and the force of their imagination, men have created countless beings, from demons and monsters of legend to comic-strip characters. What if their world were real - if dragons, devils and Don Quixote hobnobbed with Dagwood Bumstead and Charlie Brown? Such a world would have its fascinations . . . and its dreadful perils - if it existed. Horton Smith found out that it did - and that he was right in the middle of it!

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A Choice of Gods

Clifford D. Simak
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Our Children's Children

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

An adventure of the near future - brought on by a catastrophe in the far future. On a summer's day like any other, holes appeared in the air and people from nowhere walked through them into our world. They came, and they kept coming, until they numbered in the millions. They said they came from the future - they were our children's children. They said there was trouble "up there". They knew they were a terrible burden on our economy, and all, but - well, we couldn't just let them starve, could we? Then more facts became apparent.The "holes in the air" were time tunnels, one-way tunnels from the future. The trouble up there was in the form of alien creatures - ravening beasts with teeth, claws, and tentacles, that reproduced like bacteria and were intelligent.They were utterly uncontrollable and so our children's children fled through the time tunnels, which, they claimed, were securely guarded. The beasts, whatever or whoever they were, couldn't get through. So they claimed. But then somebody up there slipped and the beasts were abroad.

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The Enchanted Pilgrimage

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak
Gateway

A Heritage of Stars

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

Thousands of years into the future man has completely destroyed a technology-based society and lives a tribal existence, worshipping the 'brain'-cases of long-rusted robots. Here and there pockets of knowledge remain, and young Tom Cushing lives in one such university. His imagination fired by reading of the fabled 'Place of Going to the Stars' in an ancient manuscript, Tom sets out on a long odyssey to find out if the legend is true. His journey encompasses excitement, danger and some strange and colourful companions who commune with plants, can sense life and include the very last robot. But nothing he meets along the way compares with what he and his motley group find at Thunderhead Butte, the Place of Going to the Stars, their journey's end. Here wonder abounds almost as at the edge of the universe. A new challenge, for man to rediscover his destiny, to fulfil his heritage and recover his lost knowledge.

Gateway

Mastodonia

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

Asa Steele was unprepared for the incredible events that began to unfold when Rila Eliot - a long-lost love - stepped out of the past and his faithful dog Bowser started loping into it through time trails he'd discovered in his own backyard. Rila's appearance was mere coincidence, but Bowser's retrieval of fresh dinosaur bones was as inexplicable as was the curious crater in Asa's backyard that seemed to have been made by a spaceship from the stars. Soon Asa himself tripped in time, led into prehistoric eras by an enigmatic cat-faced alien. In short order, the time trails in the quiet town of Willow Bend became the focus of global attention and government scrutiny. Then time-travelling turned into big business and led to big trouble, when Asa and Rila uncovered an interstellar mystery from before recorded time!

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The Visitors

Clifford D. Simak
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Where the Evil Dwells

Clifford D. Simak
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Special Deliverance

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Highway of Eternity

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City

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

On a far future Earth, mankind's achievements are immense: artificially intelligent robots, genetically uplifted animals, interplanetary travel, genetic modification of the human form itself.But nothing comes without a cost. Humanity is tired, its vigour all but gone. Society is breaking down into smaller communities, dispersing into the countryside and abandoning the great cities of the world. As the human race dwindles and declines, which of its great creations will inherit the Earth? And which will claim the stars?