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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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Living with the environment. Breaking through the wall of the city, he sees nothing but infinitely repeated versions of a single sculpture; a human boot kicking over an anthill. 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. Thus all humanity learns the truth about Jupiter, and most elect to leave Earth, give up their physical humanity and live transformed on Jupiter’s surface.

This is, of course, nonsense but it does not really matter because, as a plot device, it gets you to the nub of the matter – that there might be a state of being to be discovered that is so superior to being human that one might as well ‘desert’ humanity altogether. Janalee rated it it was amazing Feb 10, Simak’s version of Jupiter is a cold, windswept, and corrosive hell where only advanced technology allows the station to exist at all. Otherwise why introduce ‘the biologists’ if Miss Stanley is right there to carry on the conversation?

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 didn’t even make senseand that it would be hard to find something to say about the story.

Just out of curiosity about how a dog’s mind works? The original version consists of eight linked short stories, all originally published between andalong with brief “notes” on each of the stories. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Gave me an animorphs vibe, right down to the free telepathy with the transformation. Feb 16, Shan rated it it was amazing.

On Jupiter, an experimental program is in place to transpose men into the bodies of Jovian native fauna in order to allow people to go out into the hostile environment. The dogs ny in nature and distribute food to wild animals, managing to end virtually all predation. They want to understand if they have copied the loper form well enough that they will be able to live on the planet.

The tales primarily focus around the Webster family and their robot servant, Jenkins. But to the Loper, it is a beautiful landscape filled with adventure. Just a moment while deaertion sign you in to your Goodreads account. The head of the program may have no moral cliffor but to change tack. Wikipedia in English None. If I accept the ideas that there are aliens on Jupiter, and that humans have developed the technology from the Animorphs, Deserion still have issues with this story.

Jul 28, Tim Pendry rated it really liked it Shelves: Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. They experience the vibrations of an ammonia “waterfall” as music.

She’s a highly sought-after machine operator but not counted among the biologists. Analog’s expanding universe Anthology by Stanley Schmidt.

The title only made sense at the end of the story. Add to Your books.

Desertion by Clifford D. Simak

At this point, a deserhion creature called a “cobbly” appears, having traveled from another world on the time thread. Allen never comes back. I became progressively angrier and the story neared the end because nobody out of the seven explorers sent cliffod could be bothered to even send a message back to base about what was going on.


I can’t decide if it’s a good trade, giving up the open possibilities of all of space for the huge but still bounded surface of Jupiter.

Reading Log: Desertion by Clifford D. Simak – Tinker, poet, soldier, geek

Schuyler Miller placed the novel among the best science fiction books ofalthough he felt the added interstitial matter was inferior to the original stories.

Finally, the scientist transforms himself and his canine companion into the seal-like beings that can survive the surface.

Intelligence does not replace education. It also reminds me of ximak Acorna series with the enhanced senses and condescension towards non-telepaths. They knew how important this was. Books by Clifford D.

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By then, the dog civilization has spread all around the Earth, including the cliffor of the animals whom, little by little, the dogs introduce to their civilization. A edition of City includes this ninth tale; some but not all subsequent editions of the book also include “Epilog”. If you enjoyed this story then you might also like A Martian Odysseyabout an astronaut who walks several hundred miles across the Martian landscape, and the amazing life forms he encounters, by Stanley G. But there is a problem: The story was easy to follow but still interesting.

Jim Davis rated it it was amazing Nov 06, Any reader looking for a story in which human and alien manage to bridge the vast gulf between them, possibly while sharing a gy on the back porch of the human’s deseftion, should consider Simak. With regards to our understanding of terraforming, it seems that transforming into native species rather than transforming the environment is a slightly better strategy.