Saturday, August 3, 2013

Celebrating the Birth . . . Clifford D Simak

Clifford Donald Simak (August 3, 1904 – April 25, 1988)
     One of the all-time great Science Fiction. Simak won three Hugo Awards and by colleagues with one Nebula Award and was nominated for many more.  He was the  third SFWA Grand Master and received a  Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Several of his stories are freely available. Give some of them a chance (but not necessarily the X Minus One version of "Lulu"  I love X Minus One, but they butcher this story, which isn't one of Simak's better ones)

• At "Lulu" Science Fiction from Galaxy. June 1957. [Via Free Speculative Fiction Online]
     "Actually, there was no reason for us to go along with Lulu. As a matter of fact, it probably would have been a good deal better if we hadn't. She could have done the planet-checking without any supervision. But there were rules which said a robot of her class must be attended by no fewer than three humans."

At Project Gutenberg:
•  Empire. Science Fiction. 1951.
     "A Powerful Novel of Intrigue and Action in the Not-So-Distant Future"

• "The World That Couldn't Be" Science Fiction from Galaxy. Jan. 1958.
     "Like every farmer on every planet, Duncan had to hunt down anything that damaged his crops—even though he was aware this was—"

• "Project Mastodon" by Clifford D. Simak. Science Fiction from Galaxy. March 1958.
      "Old Buster, the troublesome mastodon, a lone bull which had been probably run out of a herd by a younger rival, stood at the edge of a grove a quarter-mile away. He had his head down and was curling and uncurling his trunk in an aimless sort of way while he teetered slowly in a lazy-crazy fashion by lifting first one foot and then another."

• "Hellhounds of the Cosmos" by Clifford D. Simak. Science Fiction from Astounding Stories June 1932.
     "Weird are the conditions of the interdimensional struggle faced by Dr. White's ninety-nine men."

• "The Street That Wasn't There" by Carl Richard Jacobi and Clifford D. Simak. Science Fiction from Comet, July 1941
     "The walk never varied. He paced two blocks down Maple Street, stopped at the Red Star confectionery to buy a Rose Trofero perfecto, then walked to the end of the fourth block on Maple. There he turned right on Lexington, followed Lexington to Oak, down Oak and so by way of Lincoln back to Maple again and to his home."
Audio Fiction
• At StarShipSofa: "The World That Couldn’t Be" by Clifford D Simak.

At LibriVox:

Old Time Radio
At Internet Archive: (All direct download MP3s, right click to save)
• "Courtesy" Dimension X
     "An expedition to the planet Landro meets with disaster when the serum protecting against a local plague runs out. The natives are immune to the disease, but seem reluctant to explain the source of their natural immunity." - OTR Plotspot.
• "Courtesy"  X Minus One. 1955.
• "Drop Dead" X Minus One. 1957.
     "A survey team encounters a planet with only a single indigenous species, a bizarre life form which is both utterly harmless and invariably deadly." - OTR Plotspot.
• "How-2" X Minus One. 1956.
    "A man orders a robotic dog kit in the mail, and instead receives an android—one ready to serve in every capacity and equally ready to reproduce himself a thousand-fold. All his problems vanish - until the government sticks their bean-counting nose into it." - OTR Plotspot.
• "Junk Yard" X Minus One. 1956.
    "On a remote planet littered with alien junk, a survey team find themselves trapped when their engineers suddenly can't remember how to lift the ship." - OTR Plotspot.
• "Lulu" X Minus One. 1957.
• "Project Mastadon" X Minus One. 1956.
• "Desertion" Mindwebs. 1982.
    "Four men have been transformed into native Jovian life forms and sent from the protective dome to explore the surface of Jupiter. None have returned."

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