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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Perhaps even lacking in certain senses that are necessary to true knowledge” Slmack I believe I read this one before, years ago. That compared to being a Loper, being a human is just as limited as being a canine.

Desertion by Clifford D. Simak

City is a science fiction fix-up novel by American writer Clifford D. He comes to realize that the Ant City is clidford, just as a spaceship returns to take him to the robot worlds. They know they need to change the human form in order to make living their plausible, their question is “did we get the form right”.

It felt like there were religious undertones in the idea of transcending humanity and discovering how limited it was. From Heinlein to Here. Men permanently transformed to survive unaided on Jupiter’s surface leave the station to gather data and inexplicably fail to return.

Living with the environment. 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.

Jan 23, Andy Hickman rated it really liked it. Wikipedia in English None. Some favor starting over as a completely different species capable of experiencing on Jupiter the simple bliss that humans have otherwise lost.


As mankind abandons the cities, each family becomes increasingly isolated. From Heinlein to Here by James Gunn. It also reminds me of the Acorna series with the enhanced senses and condescension towards non-telepaths.

Through a futuristic machine Fowler and his dog are turned into Lopers. The story also implies that the human method of colonisation is inherently flawed in that it separates itself from the environment, but also that the human mindset is petty and simakk. It was nice to see that the technician role was filled by a woman. The head of the program may have no moral option but to c I believe I read this one before, years ago.

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They had walked into the keening gale — or rather, they had loped, bellies low against the ground, wet sides gleaming in the rain. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Froma year for questioning what being human was. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist.

CD Audiobook 0 editions. But if I imagine it is another planet somewhere else I can suspend my disbelief for the story. The frontier smak of just sending explorer after explorer to what everyone assumes is a quick and fruitless death is cliffotd foreign these days. But there is a problem: But it counts as sci-fi, too. The dogs intervene in nature and distribute food to wild animals, managing to end virtually all predation.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Desertion by Clifford D. Is contained in The Road to Science Fiction 3: A later tale tells of a research station on the surface of Jupiter. Some of the links on this page are affiliate and sponsored links. The hostile environment of Jupiter doesn’t permit humans to walk its surface and so a biological converter is used to transform humans into Lopers, the highest form of native life. The communication with the dog cliffford me of The Golden Compass.


Bruce Webster surgically provides dogs with a means of speech and better vision. The Lopers — the native lifeforms of Jupiter — were pretty cool.

Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Jim Davis rated it it was amazing Nov 06, But to the Loper, it is a beautiful landscape filled with adventure. Instead of modifying themselves and their human functions through technology Fowler and his dog completely change species.

It was recommended in high school as YA fiction. They are not to survey the planet, they are to see if humanity can survive simao Jupiter.

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The breakdown of civilization allows wandering mutant geniuses to grow up unrestrained by conventional mores. This story, first published as Desertion inwas one of the first stories about pantropy. No library descriptions found. Return to Book Page. City Cover of first edition hardcover. Otherwise why introduce ‘the biologists’ if Miss Stanley is right there to carry on the conversation?

Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it Jul 16, Poorly equipped for thinking, poorly equipped in certain sense that one has to have to know. By using cliffford site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The fixup [1] novel describes a legend consisting of eight tales that the pastoral, pacifist Dogs recite as they pass down an oral legend of a creature known as Man.

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