Related to: 'Shakespeare's Planet'

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City

Clifford D. Simak
Authors:
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?

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Empire

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

Who controls power controls the Solar System, and Interplanetary Power, through its power accumulators controls power. Spencer Chambers, the president of Interplanetary Power, used that control to rule the Solar System with an iron thumb that allowed no dissent. When Russell Page and friend Harry Wilson develop an alternative source of power they find themselves drawn into a conflict that will decide the fate of the system, and whether man will live in freedom or as slaves.

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Destiny Doll

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak
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Time and Again

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak
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Way Station

Clifford D. Simak
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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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Cosmic Engineers

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak
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Ring Around the Sun

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

Jay Vickers was an ordinary man, or so he thought. All he wanted was to be left in peace to finish his next book. However, strange things started happenin - from his discovery of a mouse that was not a mouse, to the visit of an old neighbor that was not a man. Or at least he was not an ordinary man. For as it turned out, neither was Jay Vickers. This is the story of human mutation - the next step in the evolution of the species. What if mutants walked among us already? What if they were organized? What if they had unbelievable powers, such as the ability to cross between alternate worlds or dimensions at will, or to intuitively reach the absolutely correct answer by intuition or "hunch", or to telepathically reach out to the stars? Such supermen would automatically try to conquer lesser men, would they not? Or would they do everything in their power to free the rest of humanity from slavery and suffering? Just what would the political and corporate powers-that-be do to keep their power and their slaves? How would mutants undermine the power of these bosses to set mankind free? This is a story of unlimited freedom, of worlds without end, ready for the taking. It is also the story of powerful, benevolent beings that exist only to help those who need that help. This is a future of a lop-sided mechanical culture of technology that could provide creature comfort for a few, but not human justice or security for the many. It is a future of hate, and war, and worry. Nothing like the way the world really turned out - after all, there couldn't really be an underground of mutants working to free humanity . . . could there?

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Time is the Simplest Thing

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak
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Trouble with Tycho

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

Prospecting on the Moon was grim, dangerous and usually unrewarding. Only most of the green-horns who came to try didn't find out until after they got there. Chris Jackson was no exception. He put everything he owned and could borrow into this, and he'd be ruined if he failed. His only chance meant going into Tycho - where three expeditions had already disappeared. He could try¿but would he come out again?

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They Walked Like Men

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

Money was worthless!It had no value!It couldn't buy a home, clothes, food. Someone with enormous quantities of cash was buying houses and tearing them down - buying stores and closing them.A few people could have stopped the transaction before it was too late. They could have said that Earth was being taken over by alien beings in the shapes of bowling balls, talking dogs, dolls that walked like men.In fact, they did say it. The trouble was, no one believed them.

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All Flesh is Grass

Clifford D. Simak
Authors:
Clifford D. Simak

A mysterious invisible barrier suddenly enclose a small, out-of-the-way American township. The agency is a galactic intelligence intent on imposing harmony and co-operation on all peoples - but fear of the unknown reduces man to the most illogical behaviour.

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Why Call Them Back from Heaven?

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

Imagine a future where cryogenics has become commonplace . . .Imagine a future where one dominant corporation has a monopoly on the process: freezing and preserving everyone in the world, until either a cure for their disease - or for ageing itself - is discovered . . .Imagine a future in which people work their entire lives to scrape together enough money for the corporate 'trust fund' required to maintain their frozen bodies . . .Now, imagine that all of this is a giant scam. No one has ever been revived - and no one ever will be.Imagine that you have unwittingly stumbled over the great lie at the heart of this future - and the corporation knows that you know . . .

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The Werewolf Principle

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak
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The Goblin Reservation

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

Having just returned to Earth from an intergalactic research mission, Professor Peter Maxwell, specialist in Supernatural Phenomena, finds himself in desperate straits. Earth, as he is aware, is well advanced in many areas; perfected time travel, for instance, enables all creatures (goblins, dinosaurs, and Shakespeare!) to coexist. But Maxwell has accidentally discovered a mysterious crystal planet containing a storehouse of secret information not yet known to Earth. Knowing the value of the planet for the future of Earth, he attempts to convince those in power that they must, at any cost, get control of it. But his efforts are thwarted by a startling fact: Maxwell was ingeniously duplicated on his return trip. The 'other' him came back before he did, and was soon after 'accidentally' killed. Now no one will believe the original Maxwell exists.

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Out of Their Minds

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak
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A Choice of Gods

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak

The Earth's population was more than eight billion. One day they were there, the next they were gone - all except the guests at a family birthday party, a small tribe of American Indians, and, of course, the robots. Technology disintegrated, the Indians went back to nature, and the rest developed new and extraordinary powers. As for the robots, some went to live with the remnants of humanity, others gathered in their own community and commenced work on the Project, work which was baffling in all its fantastic electronic complexity. Then one day a traveller returned from the stars - and the idyllic existence of the last of Earth's humans was threatened.

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Our Children's Children

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak
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The Enchanted Pilgrimage

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak
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A Heritage of Stars

Clifford D. Simak
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Clifford D. Simak