History Creator / CliffordSimak

29th Mar '16 11:27:31 AM supergod
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His works tend to be soft according to MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness, as he's concentrating on characters and story, not on tech, but he doesn't [[YouFailPhysicsForever fail physics forever]]. He tends to be more idealistic than cynical.

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His works tend to be soft according to MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness, as he's concentrating on characters and story, not on tech, but he doesn't [[YouFailPhysicsForever fail physics forever]].tech. He tends to be more idealistic than cynical.
26th Dec '15 3:24:17 AM Silverblade2
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What can be said in addition? Let's just say that Creator/IsaacAsimov was his AscendedFanboy.

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What can be said in addition? Let's just say that Creator/IsaacAsimov was his AscendedFanboy.
PromotedFanboy.
20th Sep '15 9:52:46 AM tkzv
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* TheEndingChangesEverything: Simak loved writing novels with an important reveal on the last page:
** ''All Flesh Is Grass'': Flowers try very hard to help humans. They don't want any recompense, or so they claim. [[spoiler:They simply enjoy being loved for what they look like -- beautiful flowers. No alien race has ever done this before.]]
** ''Time and Again'': The hero's life's work won't be liked by many humans. Instead they would publish a "revised edition" that insists on Humanity's superiority. Exactly how popular is the original edition? [[spoiler:None of the hero's friends are real humans. He's doing what's right, rather than what humans would like, and if he knew that, he may abandon the work.]] (Note that this novel was published under several names with different endings.)
** ''Werewolf Principle'': [[spoiler:There's no place for the hero on future Earth. He's going to leave it forever to study new worlds. This entails losing his newly-found love and lonely immortality. Then she tells she is a similar android who has to leave Earth for the same reason,]] making DownerEnding a BittersweetEnding. Then her uplifting speech about the importance of their work arguably turns it into a HappyEnding.
** ''Space Engineers'': Less drastic change, making the happy ending even better. Our universe is populated by StarfishAliens who can hardly communicate with Engineers and cannot help. The similarities between humans and Engineers are too many to be coincidental. [[spoiler:Engineers were created as servants by the late inhabitants of Pluto. The same race created life on Earth and programmed the evolution of mankind. Everything Engineers have created so far should and will belong to humans -- when humans become mature enough.]]
** ''Ring Around the Sun'': [[spoiler:The hero's arch-nemesis and the only man capable of thwarting the good guys' plans is his clone.[[note]]Or, to be more specific, they both are sterile {{Artificial Human}}s based on the same body, but it's the hero, who will be transplanted to the original body to conceive children.[[/note]] To stop the upcoming war the hero just has to tell him everything and invite his brother to join.]]
** ''Out of Their Minds'': [[spoiler:The Devil seems to represent the unanimous opinion of imaginary creatures. Actually, he does not. Others will force him to leave humans alone.]]
9th Jul '15 9:40:11 AM InterLoper
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Clifford Donald Simak is a well-known ScienceFiction writer. His most famous novels are ''City'', ''The Goblin Reservation'' and ''Literature/WayStation''; his short story "Huddling Place" appeared in ''The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 1''.

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Clifford Donald Simak is a well-known ScienceFiction writer. His most famous novels are ''City'', ''The Goblin Reservation'' ''Literature/TheGoblinReservation'' and ''Literature/WayStation''; his short story "Huddling Place" appeared in ''The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 1''.
19th Apr '15 2:59:59 PM Miriam
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* AscendedExtra: In the short stories eventually collected as ''City,'' Jenkins starts out as a minor character and then moves to the center as humanity disappears.


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* FutureSlang: In ''City,'' the intelligent dogs come to call all human beings "websters," after Jenkins' owners the Webster family.


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* TheMultiverse: The "cobbly" dimension in ''City.'' All of the characters can move between the cobbly worlds and the original universe; eventually, [[spoiler: Jenkins has to move all of the remaining human beings there to protect the growing animal civilization.]]
19th Apr '15 1:10:20 PM Morgenthaler
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** This ending was [[LighterAndSofter softened]] when the story was adapted for the original ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' as "The Duplicate Man": [[spoiler:The duplicate still dies, but the original not only survives, but becomes a better person because the duplicate reminds him of his younger, more idealistic self.]]

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** This ending was [[LighterAndSofter softened]] when the story was adapted for the original ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' as "The Duplicate Man": [[spoiler:The duplicate still dies, but the original not only survives, but becomes a better person because the duplicate reminds him of his younger, more idealistic self.]]
1st Aug '14 8:47:36 PM Miriam
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* SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence: The robots in ''City,'' Jenkins included, operate at the level of a normal human.


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* UnableToCry: Jenkins mourns his inability to cry at the end of ''City'':
--> If he could only weep, he thought, but a robot could not weep.
9th Nov '13 6:55:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: In ''City'', not only the ants are inscrutable, but the person responsible for the dawn of their civilization, Joe, a telepathic mutant, is also an example. This is actually the point of his character: he does not want to [[TheMessiah save]] or [[BewareTheSuperman subjugate]] humankind, he just does not wish to encounter them, and does not value the very concept of society.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: In ''City'', not only the ants are inscrutable, but the person responsible for the dawn of their civilization, Joe, a telepathic mutant, is also an example. This is actually the point of his character: he does not want to [[TheMessiah [[MessianicArchetype save]] or [[BewareTheSuperman subjugate]] humankind, he just does not wish to encounter them, and does not value the very concept of society.
18th Sep '13 12:20:39 AM Fireblood
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: In ''City'', not only the ants are inscrutable, but the person responsible for the dawn of their civilization, Joe, the telepathic mutant is also an example. This is actually the point of his character: he does not want to [[TheMessiah save]] or [[BewareTheSuperman subjugate]] humankind, he just does not wish to encounter with them, and does not value the very concept of society.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: In ''City'', not only the ants are inscrutable, but the person responsible for the dawn of their civilization, Joe, the a telepathic mutant mutant, is also an example. This is actually the point of his character: he does not want to [[TheMessiah save]] or [[BewareTheSuperman subjugate]] humankind, he just does not wish to encounter with them, and does not value the very concept of society.



* CosyCatastrophe: The humanity's fate in the ''City''. Human civilization simply lived its course and ended slowly and (relatively) peacefully.

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* CosyCatastrophe: The humanity's Humanity's fate in the ''City''. Human civilization simply lived its course and ended slowly and (relatively) peacefully.



** Goblins. He has a very interesting interpretation of goblins as magic eldritch abominations from other dimensions or planets, with reasons unknown, and morality radically different, and their logic will never be understood by us humans.
** Different biological lifeforms [[BizarreAlienLocomotion with wheels]] feature in ''The Goblin Reservation'' and several short stories. (In most cases, it's an evidence they've been engineered)

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** Goblins. He has a very interesting interpretation of goblins as magic eldritch abominations from other dimensions or planets, with reasons unknown, and morality radically different, and their logic that will never be understood by us humans.
** Different biological lifeforms [[BizarreAlienLocomotion with wheels]] feature in ''The Goblin Reservation'' and several short stories. (In most cases, it's an evidence they've been engineered)engineered).



* {{Immortality}}: Jenkins, the immortal robot in the ''City'', whose fate is to see the twilight of Humanity.



* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Averted for good in ''City'', which eventually brought humanity's downfall. Humans were initially baffled by unexplained disappearances of scientists, transformed to survive the conditions on Jupiter, until one of them finally returned. It happened that the life of the transformed being was so much ''better'', that most population simply left the Earth and their humanity.

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* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Averted for good in ''City'', which eventually brought humanity's downfall. Humans were initially baffled by unexplained disappearances of scientists, transformed to survive the conditions on Jupiter, until one of them finally returned. It happened that the life of the transformed being was so much ''better'', that most population people simply left the Earth and their humanity.



* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Very different. They are the FairFolk, for one. And they aren't evil, they are just... well, ''really'' alien.
* PsychicPowers: ''Time is the Simplest Thing'', ''Ring Around the Sun'', the BigBad in ''The World of the Red Sun''...
** Also, in his first story, ''The World of the Red Sun'', the main characters place the TimeMachine on a plane to avoid being {{TeleFrag}}ged by mountains or buidings.



* StarfishAliens: IN SPADES.
** In ''The Goblin Reservation'' we have Wheelers, each of them is a hive of sentient worms in a bag on two wheels using a biological equivalent for a rocket engine to move around. Some aliens, like the Wailer in ''Special Deliverance'', [[EldritchAbomination are just incomprehensible]].
** Ants in the ''City''. They simply ignore everyone else, forcing remaining humans and [[UpliftedAnimal dogs]] to leave the Earth for good.



* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Very different. They are the FairFolk, for one. And they aren't evil, they are just... well, ''really'' alien.
* PsychicPowers: ''Time is the Simplest Thing'', ''Ring Around the Sun'', the BigBad in ''The World of the Red Sun''...
** Also, in his first story, ''The World of the Red Sun'', the main characters place the TimeMachine on a plane to avoid being {{TeleFrag}}ged my mountains or buidings.
* StarfishAliens: IN SPADES.
** In ''The Goblin Reservation'' we have Wheelers, each of them is a hive of sentient worms in a bag on two wheels using a biological equivalent for rocket engine to move around. Some of aliens, like the Wailer in ''Special Deliverance'', [[EldritchAbomination are just incomprehensible]].
** Ants in the ''City''. They simply ignore everyone else, forcing remaining humans and [[UpliftedAnimal dogs]] to leave the Earth for good.
* {{Immortality}}: Jenkins, the immortal robot in the ''City'', whose fate is to see the twilight of Humanity.
* WitchHunt: ''Time is the Simplest Thing'', witches are people with PsychicPowers. Some of them actually fly on brooms if they want to

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* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Very different. They are the FairFolk, for one. And they aren't evil, they are just... well, ''really'' alien.
* PsychicPowers: ''Time is the Simplest Thing'', ''Ring Around the Sun'', the BigBad in ''The World of the Red Sun''...
** Also, in his first story, ''The World of the Red Sun'', the main characters place the TimeMachine on a plane to avoid being {{TeleFrag}}ged my mountains or buidings.
* StarfishAliens: IN SPADES.
** In ''The Goblin Reservation'' we have Wheelers, each of them is a hive of sentient worms in a bag on two wheels using a biological equivalent for rocket engine to move around. Some of aliens, like the Wailer in ''Special Deliverance'', [[EldritchAbomination are just incomprehensible]].
** Ants in the ''City''. They simply ignore everyone else, forcing remaining humans and [[UpliftedAnimal dogs]] to leave the Earth for good.
* {{Immortality}}: Jenkins, the immortal robot in the ''City'', whose fate is to see the twilight of Humanity.
* WitchHunt: In ''Time is the Simplest Thing'', witches are people with PsychicPowers. Some of them actually fly on brooms if they want toto.
12th Jun '13 1:03:31 AM SharleeD
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** Different biological lifeforms [[StarfishAliens with wheels]] feature in ''The Goblin Reservation'' and several short stories. (In most cases, it's an evidence they've been engineered)

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** Different biological lifeforms [[StarfishAliens [[BizarreAlienLocomotion with wheels]] feature in ''The Goblin Reservation'' and several short stories. (In most cases, it's an evidence they've been engineered)
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