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Book Title: Best Science Fiction Stories of Clifford D. Simak|
The author of the book: Clifford D. Simak
Date of issue: June 1st 1972
ISBN 13: 9780446658089
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 38.30 MB
Edition: Paperback Library
Read full description of the books Best Science Fiction Stories of Clifford D. Simak: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.
Read information about the author"He was honored by fans with three Hugo awards and by colleagues with one Nebula award and was named the third Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 1977." (Wikipedia)
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