1950: Cosmic Engineers by Clifford D. Simak

October 2, 2008

A super-intelligent alien race summons species from throughout the galaxy to a meeting. The topic of discussion is how to prevent the imminent collision of our universe with another, and hence the destruction of life and reality as we know it. Now, you’re probably wondering the same thing I was: will breakfast be served at this meeting? If not, we should stop and get something on the way. Also, where’s the bathroom for Earthlings? We can’t all recycle our urine like the floating zqxkj plants from Anteres Perseii 8, you know. Also, is this book any good? No. It is not.

On a scale of things cosmic engineering students do to freshmen during frosh week ranging from writing on them when they pass out to making them wear a dress to class, this book is: forcing them do the crabwalk with a marshmallow up their ass, and if they drop it, they have to eat it.

Simak my bitch up.

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6 Responses to “1950: Cosmic Engineers by Clifford D. Simak”

  1. Joachim Boaz Says:

    what’s wrong with it? simplistic? predictable? the cover is pretty cool….

    or, does simak fall into his normal trap of introducing hillbillies? hahaha

    • level9lime Says:

      It was just boring. I’ve never read Simak before, and this one didn’t do anything to convince me I should try again. Any recommendations that might allow him to redeem himself?

  2. Joachim Boaz Says:

    it is QUITE early his career and quite early in general — 1950s… so, it might be presenting an archetype that is later expanded on…

  3. Joachim Boaz Says:

    Simak’s later works are rarely boring — they are not always amazing — but, have a peculiar oddball sort of charm — he’s a very unique writer — if you didn’t detect that in this work then that’s CERTAINLY an indicator that it’s VERY early in his writing development…. As expected, the Cosmic ENgineers was first published as a short novel in 1939 and expanded into novel publication in 1950 (the edition you reviewed).

    So, in that light, pick up City (1952) — by far his most famous work. It’s pretty ingenious for the 50s…. The themes might be more prevalent in later sci-fi but you have to put this work in context.

    Way Station (Hugo winner 1964) — is his most critically acclaimed work. Another really weird piece which couldn’t have been written by ANYONE else but Simak…

    SO, hopefully that helps?

  4. Joachim Boaz Says:

    You’re welcome. I’ll let you know if I review a Simak book.


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