Earth for Inspiration – Clifford D. Simak

Simak Complete Stories #9 A collection of mostly science fiction stories by Clifford Simak. Sadly, Earth for Inspiration is largely uninspired. With a couple of exceptions, these are not stories that will stick in your mind, and while some start well, they tend to fade toward the end. The inclusion of two of Simak’s westerns, both pleasant but formulaic, thins the quality even more. Simak wrote many of his short stories between the 30s and…

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Good Night, Mr. James – Clifford D. Simak

Simak Complete Stories #8 A collection of mostly science fiction stories by Clifford Simak. The logic behind the arrangement of most anthologies is a mystery to anyone but their editors, and that’s true here. While the last volume (#3) in this series I reviewed had some of Simak’s strongest work, this (#8) has a fair amount of filler – decent, but uninspiring, and not mostly at the level I look for from Simak. Happily, there…

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The Ghost of a Model T – Clifford D. Simak

Simak Complete Stories #3 A collection of mostly science fiction stories by Clifford Simak. Clifford Simak was the master of the contemplative story – the story in which the narrator does little but sit around and think about life. Little action, not much dialogue, and yet the result is a moving story that works beautifully. This volume in his collected works includes some of his finest contemplative work, along with City and other celebrated stories.…

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A Death in the House – Clifford D. Simak

Simak Complete Stories #7 A collection of mostly science fiction stories by Clifford Simak. I still can’t pretend to understand the logic of the sequencing in this series, but however, they were chosen, the stories in this collection are mostly very good. Much of this is classic Simak – extraordinary events happen to an ordinary guy, in a very low key fashion, far from the centers of power and commerce. There are a couple of…

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Grotto of the Dancing Deer – Clifford D. Simak

Simak Complete Stories #4 A collection of science fiction stories by Clifford D. Simak. I often despair of understanding the logic of anthologists. Especially in collected works anthologies, they seem to group stories together with no clear organizational logic. This Open Road Media collection is no different. This volume has what it claims may be Simak’s first story, from 1930, along with a western, and stories written up toward the end of the last century.…

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I Am Crying All Inside – Clifford D. Simak

Simak Complete Stories #1 A collection of speculative stories from Clifford D. Simak. I’ve been on a little bit of a Clifford Simak kick lately, triggered by a chance reading of All Flesh is Grass, and I’ve been happy to revisit or discover more of his work. This collection of warm, friendly stories – the first in a projected dozen – kept me feeling that way. While I tend to think of Simak in terms…

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