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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By means of a kaleidoscope-like instrument, he can twist the minds of other people so they can perform the mind trick.

Desertion by Clifford D. Simak

It was recommended in high school as YA fiction. This goes beyond post-humanism in its subversion of human existence, the characters are not concerned with what it means to be human, but have rather found a more ideal existence outside human experience. The Road to Science Fiction 3: They are very aware what Jupiter is made of, what it looks like, and how its composed, I doubt they stuck their hand out to test what the atmosphere was made of.

But apparently it is because no one has ever come back! Realizing that humanity cannot peacefully coexist with the Dogs and the other animals, Jenkins uses the knowledge to take his human charges to one of the other worlds. They leave the station in their new form and experience Jupiter as a paradise.


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Speaking of which, is this converter an immortality machine? Besides, they also look for doors between dimensions through which some beings from different worlds are able to pass. This page was last edited on 15 Octoberat Known for his pastoral SF, he often eschewed the easy narrative tool of violence.

What they want to understand is if it is possible to build a civilization and colonize Jupiter.

You can learn more about this science fiction author by reading the Wikipedia page about him. This is, of course, nonsense but it byy not really matter because, as a plot device, it gets you to the nub of the matter – that there might be a state of being to be discovered that is so superior to being human that one might as well ‘desert’ humanity altogether.

I guess Jovians have even less impulse control than humans. The main thing, the only thing, is that you come back, that you prove man can live in a Jovian form. As metals and materials made by humans rapidly degrade. Thus all humanity learns the truth clifrord Jupiter, and most elect to leave Earth, give up their physical humanity and live transformed on Jupiter’s surface. Jim Davis rated it it was amazing Nov 06, Just out of curiosity about how a dog’s mind works?

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Jul 28, Tim Pendry rated it really liked it Shelves: Perhaps even lacking in certain senses that are necessary to true knowledge” Slmack References to this work on external resources. Not quite as bad as other stories but still problematic:.


This story is one of the tales in Clifford D.

So this is probably a good place to stop. Is it moral sima send people on suicide missions? You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.

Mar 12, Peter Tillman rated it it was amazing. Jul 26, Shawn Steckenfinger rated it it bg amazing Shelves: Each successive tale tells of further breakdown of urban society.

Amazon Kindle 0 editions. It’s by far my favorite Simak short that I’ve read so far. Exhalation deseftion Ted Chiang. It would be pointless to do so if people could only live in domes such as these, as that would expend far more resources than could ever be obtained from the planet.

Although not well known today a phrase variations of which will come up over and over in the prefaces to this seriesbefore his death in Clifford Simak was considered one of the great names of science fiction.

Lauren Paletta rated it really liked it Jul 07, Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow