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Collection of wonderful science fiction from a Grand Master, Hugo and Nebula Award winner. Includes: Founding Father (1957) Immigrant (1954) New Folks' Home (1963) Crying Jag (1960) All the Traps of Earth (1960) Lulu (1957) Neighbor (1954) Collection of wonderful science fiction from a Grand Master, Hugo and Nebula Award winner. Includes: Founding Father (1957) Immigrant (1954) New Folks' Home (1963) Crying Jag (1960) All the Traps of Earth (1960) Lulu (1957) Neighbor (1954)


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Collection of wonderful science fiction from a Grand Master, Hugo and Nebula Award winner. Includes: Founding Father (1957) Immigrant (1954) New Folks' Home (1963) Crying Jag (1960) All the Traps of Earth (1960) Lulu (1957) Neighbor (1954) Collection of wonderful science fiction from a Grand Master, Hugo and Nebula Award winner. Includes: Founding Father (1957) Immigrant (1954) New Folks' Home (1963) Crying Jag (1960) All the Traps of Earth (1960) Lulu (1957) Neighbor (1954)

30 review for Best Science Fiction Stories of Clifford D. Simak

  1. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    The only thing wrong with this collection of Simak stories is the title. The same holds true for any collection of stories or songs by anyone, of course; your selection of tracks that belong on the best of any band will not match mine or anyone else's, for example. I can't see how they called anything the best of Simak without including The Big Front Yard or anything from City or...or...or... But, it is a good collection of good stories by Simak. Founding Father is an atypically (for Simak) dark The only thing wrong with this collection of Simak stories is the title. The same holds true for any collection of stories or songs by anyone, of course; your selection of tracks that belong on the best of any band will not match mine or anyone else's, for example. I can't see how they called anything the best of Simak without including The Big Front Yard or anything from City or...or...or... But, it is a good collection of good stories by Simak. Founding Father is an atypically (for Simak) dark story of interstellar expansion, Immigrant is a good tale of first contact and illustrates how The Prime Directive should have been applied, New Folks' Home is a touching look at aging and incorporates his pastoral philosophies excellently, and Crying Jag is a very funny tale of common sense versus intellectual arrogance. All the Traps of Earth is an excellent robot story that examines artificial intelligence with warmth and compassion, as does the next story, Lulu, which takes a comedic look at the same subject with some insight into interstellar exploration. The final story, Neighbor, is another classic with a feel-good message of togetherness that would have made a terrific episode of The Twilight Zone. All The Traps of Earth originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1960 and New Folks' Home was from Analog (formerly known as Astounding SF Magazine) in 1963, and all of the rest appeared in the 1950's in either Astounding or Galaxy Magazine. Simak was a terrific storyteller and had the knack of making the reader feel like he was your pal and you were both there to have a good time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tom Britz

    I've been a fan of Clifford D. Simak's novels for a long time, but for some reason I've not read many of his short stories. This collection just reaffirms his standing as my most favorite SF writer. Each and every story in this collection were unique, well written and insightful. And yes, the Simakian humor was present throughout. No wonder he was the third person chosen for The Grand Master award. The tales included: Founding Father - 4.5/5 Immigrant - 5/5 New Folks Home - 4.5/5 Crying Jag 5/5 All T I've been a fan of Clifford D. Simak's novels for a long time, but for some reason I've not read many of his short stories. This collection just reaffirms his standing as my most favorite SF writer. Each and every story in this collection were unique, well written and insightful. And yes, the Simakian humor was present throughout. No wonder he was the third person chosen for The Grand Master award. The tales included: Founding Father - 4.5/5 Immigrant - 5/5 New Folks Home - 4.5/5 Crying Jag 5/5 All The Traps of Earth - 5/5 Lulu - 5/5 Neighbor -5/5

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ian Lewis

    Short story collections are hard to rate. So here're ratings for each story: Founding Father- 5 star Immigrant- 2 star. Mildly interesting classic Sci Fi premise. If I had read it in high school or middle school, would have loved the idea. However, there doesn't seem to be anything except a cute idea. Characters not interesting. New Folks home - 3 star. Started very strongly, but then just ended in another cute, throwaway idea. Crying Jag - 5 star. Very funny and pitch perfect. Good concept for Sci Short story collections are hard to rate. So here're ratings for each story: Founding Father- 5 star Immigrant- 2 star. Mildly interesting classic Sci Fi premise. If I had read it in high school or middle school, would have loved the idea. However, there doesn't seem to be anything except a cute idea. Characters not interesting. New Folks home - 3 star. Started very strongly, but then just ended in another cute, throwaway idea. Crying Jag - 5 star. Very funny and pitch perfect. Good concept for Sci Fi and the characters are just right. All The Traps of Earth - 3 star. Almost a robot Jesus story, but the concept never gets fleshed out. Tries to end on a profound note, but never justifies it. Lulu - 4 star. Another funny story, and plays with the conventions of Sci Fi. Right when you think it's getting to some profound implications about an ancient alien civilization, it pulls the rug right out for under you. Neighbor - 5 star. Simak's strongest stories seem are when the humanity is upfront and he doesn't play cute with a twist at the end. Along with Founding Father, this is one of those. Everything builds just right and the pay off is well earned.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    These stories range from about 1954 to 1965. Heartbreaking robots, inscrutable aliens, rural first contact, and metal hippos in love. There is no one like Simak for writing about miscommunication—sometimes with yourself—and the sadness of parting. The highlights in this collection are “All the Traps of Earth”, about a six-hundred-year-old robot in a world where robots are required to have their minds wiped every century; and “Neighbor”, in which we never really find out who the characters are, bu These stories range from about 1954 to 1965. Heartbreaking robots, inscrutable aliens, rural first contact, and metal hippos in love. There is no one like Simak for writing about miscommunication—sometimes with yourself—and the sadness of parting. The highlights in this collection are “All the Traps of Earth”, about a six-hundred-year-old robot in a world where robots are required to have their minds wiped every century; and “Neighbor”, in which we never really find out who the characters are, but we do learn that there are good reasons for holding journalists hostage. But they’re all pretty amazing, in Simak’s friendly way of treating the normal as idyllic and the abnormal as fodder for pathos.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Özgür Tacer

    I tended to think that science fiction is a literary genre that is best served "fresh", meaning it gets outdated when time passes because scientific and technological advancements can easily make a science-fiction work obsolete. That statement holds true for many works of science fiction but definitely not for this collection of short stories from Clifford Simak. Yes, they smell of a bit old and dusty, but still they are surprisingly contemporary. They have wits, they have humor and they are cons I tended to think that science fiction is a literary genre that is best served "fresh", meaning it gets outdated when time passes because scientific and technological advancements can easily make a science-fiction work obsolete. That statement holds true for many works of science fiction but definitely not for this collection of short stories from Clifford Simak. Yes, they smell of a bit old and dusty, but still they are surprisingly contemporary. They have wits, they have humor and they are considerably "human". This is the first time I read from Clifford Simak and what I have here is a rare combination of intellect and soul, the sort that we are familiar from Ray Bradbury and Robert Sheckley. This is a selection that any reader might enjoy and a must-read for science-fiction fans.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Really liked that each story had a completely different flavor with some comedic justice sprinkled throughout. Very enjoyable.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Valance

    Seven of Simak's classic short stories. A Science Fiction Book Club selection. Seven of Simak's classic short stories. A Science Fiction Book Club selection.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Saski

    This is one of those half dozen or so books that have trekked around the world with me since high school. I don't usually read collections of short stories, even back then, but scifi was a rare commodity back then and back there, so I gathered everything I could afford on my tiny allowance. As I flip through the well-worn book, I am surprised to realize that I recognize only the story that has clung to the edges of my mind as the book itself managed to cling to my packing boxes move after move. T This is one of those half dozen or so books that have trekked around the world with me since high school. I don't usually read collections of short stories, even back then, but scifi was a rare commodity back then and back there, so I gathered everything I could afford on my tiny allowance. As I flip through the well-worn book, I am surprised to realize that I recognize only the story that has clung to the edges of my mind as the book itself managed to cling to my packing boxes move after move. The rest must also be good but I sense nothing familiar about them. Only The Immigrant looks back at me and says Hello again. I scan the pages of this, the second of the stories, wanting to read it thoroughly again, but stopped by the pile of books by the computer, waiting for their moment of immortalization in my book list. Suddenly, I see something new. I had seen this book was validation of my family's adoration of all things dealing with education, a point which set me apart from my peers from the day I began my schooling. That's what I loved about it. An story which said I was right, I had been taught right, my parents were not sadists for pushing me to defend education to the derision of my classmates. But I was not the same person as that arrogant, bullied child. I had been travelling for over 20 years, been an immigrant myself more than once, met many others. Why do we do it, leave home, return rarely or not at all? The letters we send, proving we were right to go, to stay away, why do we lie? I begin to wonder what other themes are hidden in this story, themes perhaps the older (and maybe wiser) me can notice. I set the book aside. I will make time for it again.

  9. 5 out of 5

    SebastianDangerfield

    1965 hardcover, minus the dust jacket, alas. Thoroughly enjoyable, often surprising, sometimes humorous, utterly delightful, worth reading and re-reading, which I may do, after finishing all the other Simak books I'm sitting on. He's just the best. 1965 hardcover, minus the dust jacket, alas. Thoroughly enjoyable, often surprising, sometimes humorous, utterly delightful, worth reading and re-reading, which I may do, after finishing all the other Simak books I'm sitting on. He's just the best.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    While the stories are old and a bit dated (written before I was born, and I am "old"), I really enjoyed them. There were nice twists and perspectives that I had not previously considered. Cliff had a good mind when he was writing these! the stories flow and keep me engaged wanting to know where they will go next, and what is really good on in the situation. Excellent stories. While the stories are old and a bit dated (written before I was born, and I am "old"), I really enjoyed them. There were nice twists and perspectives that I had not previously considered. Cliff had a good mind when he was writing these! the stories flow and keep me engaged wanting to know where they will go next, and what is really good on in the situation. Excellent stories.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    robot heavy

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bookman6

  13. 5 out of 5

    Richard Green

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gary D.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hugh Dufour

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  18. 5 out of 5

    John Loyd

  19. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

  21. 4 out of 5

    Worthy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Todd

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sandro

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dan Eggleston

  27. 4 out of 5

    Meliae Sybella

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

  29. 4 out of 5

    D

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elías

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