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Author: Clifford D Simak
Publisher: Putnam's ; distributed by Berkley Pub. Corp; First Edition edition (1977)
Language: English
Pages: 320
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Clifford Donald Simak (/ˈsɪmək/; August 3, 1904 – April 25, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. He won three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award.

Clifford Donald Simak (/ˈsɪmək/; August 3, 1904 – April 25, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. The Science Fiction Writers of America made him its third SFWA Grand Master, and the Horror Writers Association made him one of three inaugural winners of the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. Simak was born in Millville, Wisconsin in 1904, son of John Lewis and Margaret (Wiseman) Simak

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Nine tales of imagination and wonder from one of the formative voices of science fiction and fantasy, the author of Way Station and City. Named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Clifford D. Simak was a preeminent voice during the decades that established sci-fi as a genre to be reckoned with. Held in the same esteem as fellow luminaries Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Ray Bradbury, his novels continue to enthrall today’s readers.

Clifford D. Simak had a sublime ability to evoke a lost way of life Yet no science fiction author was more highly regarded than Grand Master Clifford D. Simak, winner of numerous honors, including the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a Bram Stoker. Simak had a sublime ability to evoke a lost way of life. He spent his youth in rural Wisconsin, a landscape filled with mysterious hollows, cliffs, dark forests, and the Wisconsin River flowing in its deep-cut valley. As Simak wandered the countryside and the ridges, he peopled them with imaginary characters who later came to life in his stories. Yet no science fiction author was more highly regarded than Grand Master Clifford D. Simak, winner of numerous honors, including the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. Simak: Grand Master Indeed! by David W. Wixon. It’s not known exactly when Cliff Simak began writing science fiction. Music that had the whisper of rockets and the quietness of the void and the somber arches of eternal night. Clifford D. Simak in The Call from Beyond. In 1953 Cliff was awarded the International Fantasy Award for his book City, which was not actually a novel but a compilation of a series of related stories, with interstitial connecting materials.

Simak's short stories and longer novellas range from the contemplative and thoughtfully idyllic to pure terror, although the .

Simak's short stories and longer novellas range from the contemplative and thoughtfully idyllic to pure terror, although the punch line is often characteristically understated, as in Good Night Mr. James and Skirmish. There is also a group of humorous stories, of which "The Big Front Yard" is the most successful. Skirmish: The Great Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak (1977) Contains Huddling Place, Desertion, Skirmish, Good Night, Mr. James, The Sitters, The Big Front Yard, All the Traps of Earth, The Thing in the Stone, The Autumn Land, and The Ghost of a Model T.

Simak never gussies up modest insights into strident preaching and brash machine-gun-fire narratives. Some of his best ""City"" stories are missing, but there is something uncommonly honest about the cumulative effect of the collection.

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This is an EXCELLENT set of short stories from Clifford Simak. As a science-fiction author, Simak's imagination is varied and explorative. In a world where modern-day sci-fi writers tend to use similar stories and metaphors to explore the human condition, Simak offers broad and inventive scenarios. It's a bit like reading a book version of The Twilight Zone. Each story is unique, tantalizing, and wonderfully too short.

Simak is no longer in print, and so I spend a LOT of time hunting down his work in old book stores. I love love love his writing and his imagination. By far an away, my favorite story in this collection is the title short: Skirmish. If you haven't read Simak, this is an excellent introduction to his work and his approach to science fiction.
Clifford D. Simak (1904-1988) is one of the greatest authors of SF (Speculative Fiction/Science Fiction). His works are often built around interesting premises about alien encounters, space journeys, and altered states of mind, and Simak's specialty is masterfully showing the many facets of his characters' emotional and intellectual responses to their new experiences.

SKIRMISH: THE GREAT SHORT FICTION OF CLIFFORD D. SIMAK (1977) contains an excellent Foreword by Simak in which he discusses his writing and tells us which four of these ten stories are his own favorites.

The ten works of this collection--seven short stories and three short novels--are "Huddling Place" and "Desertion" (both 1944; both included in Simak's book CITY); "Skirmish" (1950); "Good Night, Mr. James" (1951); "The Sitters" (1958); THE BIG FRONT YARD (1958; won a Hugo Award in 1959, and I suspect that it was the origin of the star-gate idea in science fiction); ALL THE TRAPS OF EARTH (1960); THE THING IN THE STONE (1970); "The Autumn Land" (1971); and "The Ghost of a Model T" (1975).

My own two special favorites in this collection are "Desertion" and THE THING IN THE STONE. "Desertion," which I first read several decades ago and have reread at least twice since then, is a wonderful story of a man and his elderly dog ... on the planet Jupiter. In barely a dozen pages, Simak's narrative arouses several deep emotions in its readers and also provides them with several deep thoughts to ponder in relation to their own future lives, as well as those of the story's central characters.

THE THING IN THE STONE is almost four times longer than "Desertion" but is equally powerful. It centers around a man who is trying to heal himself after being in a terrible accident that killed his wife and young child and badly injured him. He has bought an old played-out farm and spends much of his time roaming the woods around it, noticing in great depth the geology of the land ... for the accident, almost in compensation, has provided him with several paranormal abilities in perception. During visits to a small cave in a cliff, the man gradually becomes aware of an immortal creature buried in the limestone beneath him--apparently a kind of Lucifer-figure that aliens imprisoned on Earth many eons ago. And when this man is himself trapped in the cave by an enemy, he becomes aware of a second "thing" that, with great tenacity and effort, loyally followed the first thing to Earth. And, as this story's touching payoff, we readers learn how the man and the second thing share a deep, important similarity in their personalities.

Two other stories worth special mention here are "Huddling Place," which deals with an honorable man's failure to do what he thinks is right, and ALL THE TRAPS OF EARTH, which presents a fugitive robot's decision about the best use of his special abilities.

For most readers, most of these ten works, varied as they are--ranging from tragedy to high adventure to nostalgia to comedy--will provide truly superior enjoyment. Highly recommended!
Skirmish - Clifford D. Simak [589 2014-02-11]

"Skirmish"(1977) is a collection of ten stories by the noted science-fiction author Clifford Simak (1904-88). The stories were all previously published during years 1944-75.

In addition to the stories there is a very informative 5-page author's forward. Simak details the themes he uses, the type of characters that appeal to him and his use of southwest Wisconsin as a local for many of his stories.

The following are comments on the stories in the order they appear in the book:

"Huddling Place"(1944) and "Desertion"(1944) may be familiar to some readers since they are chapters from the author's future history novel "City". The stories can be enjoyed individually but interested readers should read them again in the context of the book "City".

"Skirmish"(1950) originally published under the title "Bathe Your Bearings in Blood" features a newspaper editor as the protagonist - interestingly that was author Simak's day job for most of his working life. Alien beings animate machines - typewriter, sewing machine etc prior to an outright invasion and the subjugating of mankind. This 60 plus year old story has not aged well.

"Good Night, Mr. James"(1951) a vicious alien being is let loose in a Midwestern city and must be apprehended before they reproduce. A nasty twist of fate for the protagonist awaits readers in the stories last sentence.

"The Sitters"(1958) the location for this thoughtful story of human aging and benevolent alien beings is the town Millville - a local used frequently in Simak's fiction and the name of the town where he was raised.

"The Big Front Yard"(1958) this story won the Hugo award for best novelette published during 1958. I found this story just too cute and overflowing with SF stereotypes and full of logical impossibilities but many Simak fans think this is one of his better stories.

"All the Traps of Earth"(1960) one of the best stories in the collection in my estimation. The two themes that permeated much of Simak's fiction, robots and mankind's intellectual evolution, are thoughtfully parsed out in this absorbing tale.

"The Thing in the Stone"(1970) a man retreats to a dilapidated farm in southwest Wisconsin to heal from an accident that killed his family. In this geological pristine location he become aware that a head injury gives him a view into the ancient past where he discovers an enigmatic mystery.

"The Autumn Land"(1971) an old town in a hidden Midwest valley serves as a metaphor for an indeterminate rest stop after death. In his introduction to this collection Simak states he was very pleased with this story - and so was this reader.

"The Ghost of a Model T"(1975) another metaphoric story of life after death. A model T automobile drives two presumably dead individuals around reliving some prior life experiences.

If you are curious or new to the writings of Simak this collection is well worth reading.
The Big Front Yard is the best (in my subjective opinion) SF short story ever! Skirmish is way up there, too! Mr. Simak is a great writer and describer of human idiosyncracies. He represents an alternative to "in-your-face" factoid reporting, to the less-than-subtle writers so prevalent in this day and age of laxity in education. For more in this vein, read Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons" and "The Space Merchants" -- more thoughtful Speculative Fiction (a/k/a SF) from one of the most thoughtful of authors. Luckily for us, Mr. Simak lived a long, full life; Mr. Kornbluth, however, left this world in his 30s, way before his time!
Great intro to the master's work.Simak is in danger of sliding into obscurity....this book is a great way to discover Simak before moving onto his bigger novels