By Clifford D. Simak
This award-winning technological know-how fiction vintage explores a far-future global inhabited via clever dogs who go down the stories in their human forefathers.
millions of years have handed seeing that humankind deserted the city—first for the nation-state, then for the celebs, and finally for oblivion—leaving their such a lot unswerving animal partners by myself in the world. Granted the facility of speech centuries previous via the respected Bruce Webster, the clever, pacifist canine are the final keepers of human historical past, elevating their domestic dogs with bedtime tales, handed down via generations, of the misplaced “websters” who gave them rather a lot yet won't ever go back. because of Jenkins, an ageless carrier robotic, the canines reside in an international of concord and peace. yet they now face critical threats from their very own and different dimensions, probably the main risky of all being the reawakened remnants of a warlike race referred to as “Man.”
within the Golden Age of Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein, Clifford D. Simak’s writing blazed as brightly as anyone’s within the technological know-how fiction firmament. Winner of the foreign fable Award, City is a powerful literary city choked with an dazzling array of interlinked tales and structures—at as soon as dystopian, transcendent, compassionate, and visionary.
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