By Clifford D. Simak
A handful of people and a large number of robots create a brand new society on a mysteriously deserted Earth during this breathtaking technology fiction vintage from one of many genre’s stated masters
What should you awakened one morning on the earth . . . and nobody else was once there?
That is the truth that greeted a handful of people, together with Jason Whitney, his spouse Martha, and the remnants of a tribe of local american citizens within the 12 months 2135. Their inexplicable abandonment had unforeseen advantages: the eventual improvement of psychological telepathy and different extrasensory powers, internal peace, and better of all, near-immortality. Now, 5 thousand years later, lots of the final people reside a tranquil, pastoral existence, leaving technological and spiritual exploration to the loads of robotic servants who now not have people to serve. however the unforeseen reappearance of Jason’s brother, who had teleported to the celebs decades earlier than, threatens to alter every little thing but again—for John Whitney is the bearer of startling information regarding the place Earth’s inhabitants went and why—and the main hectic information of all: they could eventually be coming domestic again.
Nominated for the Hugo Award whilst it first seemed in print greater than 40 years in the past, Clifford D. Simak’s excellent and thought-provoking A selection of Gods has misplaced not anything of its strength to astonish and intrigue. A masterwork of speculative fiction, clever and inventive, it's vintage Simak, status tall one of the absolute best technology fiction that has ever been written.
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Without an ellipsis. I’ll make one more try, he decided. I’ll try Mory Mann. Fishing out his wallet, he searched for the slip on which he had written Mory’s number. His wallet was very thin. All his identification cards were gone. Cards that made it possible for him to stay alive. Cards that got him through pol and nat barricades without being shot or thrown into a forced-labor camp. I can’t live two hours without my ID, he said to himself. I don’t even dare walk out of the lobby of this rundown hotel and onto the public sidewalk.
They’re dumb,” Heather grunted, and cursed quietly as her flat, large hat flopped from her head and disappeared forever within the whale’s belly of close-pressing fans. “They’re ordinaries,” Jason said, his lips at her ear, partly lost as it was in her great tangle of shiny red hair. The famous cascade of hair so widely and expertly copied in beauty salons throughout Terra. ” “They’re ordinaries,” Jason said, “and they’re morons. Because”—he nipped the lobe of her ear—“because that’s what it means to be an ordinary.
Yes,” he said, entering the musty little closetlike room after her. ’ Why what? Why is he a police fink? For money. ” He grabbed her by the right wrist, tugged her toward him; she grimaced as his fingers tightened. “And he’s already—” “Eddy hasn’t done anything yet,” she grated, trying to free her wrist. “That hurts. Look; calm down and I’ll show you. ” Reluctantly, his heart hammering in fear, he let her go. Kathy turned on a bright, small light, laid three forged documents in the circle of its glare.
A Choice of Gods by Clifford D. Simak