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Shakespeare's Planet by Clifford D. Simak
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Shakespeare's Planet (original 1976; edition 1976)

by Clifford D. Simak (Author)

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A human space traveler trapped on a remote planet must somehow unravel a confounding alien technology--or else surrender himself to a host of incomprehensible horrors For thousands of years, Carter Horton has been traveling across the galaxy toward a distant world capable of supporting human life. At journey's end, awakened from his millennia-long sleep by a curiously adaptive android, he is informed that his crewmates have all perished due to a system malfunction. But worse is yet to come: Horton's sentient ship is refusing to return him to Earth, and a strangely cordial predator is waiting for him on the planet's surface. The repulsive creature, Carnivore, arrived here via a tunnel across the universe, as did his late companion--a human dubbing himself William Shakespeare--whom Carnivore just recently devoured. But the tunnel moves in only one direction, and if Carter is unable to reverse it, he will find himself marooned forever in this incomprehensible world, at the mercy of monsters and a terrifying, mind-freezing alien anomaly that occurs every evening in the "God-hour."   With unparalleled verve, award-winning science fiction Grand Master Clifford D. Simak performs a truly astonishing feat of world-creation in Shakespeare's Planet. Bursting with intelligence, imagination, and breathtaking invention, this is a gem of speculative fiction from one of the genre's most revered and innovative artists.… (more)
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Info:Berkley/Putnam (1976), Edition: 1st, 188 pages
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  tronella | Jun 22, 2019 |
A little more metaphysical/ philosophical than some Simak. It reads as if the man was experimenting with controlled substances, or getting senile, or something. But it's still interesting, still thought-provoking, and still worth reading. Parts are awkward, parts are genius - and I doubt any two readers could agree on which are which. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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One of Simak's typically low-key stories, with lots of interesting ideas - the central character has been in cold-sleep for a thousand years, and is the only living human survivor on a ship whose central computer merges three people's personalities; Shakespeare's Planet itself is the end point for a network of poorly understood interstellar transport tunnels, where the only intelligent creature mildly regrets eating the human known as Shakespeare a while back; periodic psychic shock hits everyone left alive every now and then; a woman turns up from Earth to investigate, but the situation s resolved by inhuman and incomprehensible forces. It's a bit like a combination of Red Dwarf with the end of A Handful of Dust. Not especially memorable but quite typical of Simak's style. ( )
1 vote nwhyte | Aug 12, 2013 |
A bit anti-climactic after Voyages of the Pyramid Builders, but a decent SF read. The longish review on the book page sums it up nicely. Excellent setup, very intriguing, but a bit of a hollow unfinished feeling about the abrupt finish. Still, I enjoyed it, perfect for those times when you are killing off a few days waiting for a mail-ordered book. I finally forked over a few bucks for The Inextinguishable Symphony, I'll read that right away, then off to study Robert Graves. By the way, that weird alien on the cover is a perfect representation of Carnivore's description in the text. So often the cover art is kind of close but not really quite right. The only thing missing is his catlike whiskers. And his maleness was 'aggressively obvious', to quote the text. ( )
  DirtPriest | Sep 10, 2010 |
Nobody mixes up and seerves up fantasy like Clifford Simak. His world includes a diamond dragon, an evil hnuge lump of ever-changing mountain of shit, three hoppity slugs, and, of course, a friendly Carnavore and a lovely lady (romance, romance). ( )
  andyray | Nov 27, 2009 |
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This Shakespeare is highly unlikely to be the poet. I would advise against combining with anything containing the more famous gentleman.
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A human space traveler trapped on a remote planet must somehow unravel a confounding alien technology--or else surrender himself to a host of incomprehensible horrors For thousands of years, Carter Horton has been traveling across the galaxy toward a distant world capable of supporting human life. At journey's end, awakened from his millennia-long sleep by a curiously adaptive android, he is informed that his crewmates have all perished due to a system malfunction. But worse is yet to come: Horton's sentient ship is refusing to return him to Earth, and a strangely cordial predator is waiting for him on the planet's surface. The repulsive creature, Carnivore, arrived here via a tunnel across the universe, as did his late companion--a human dubbing himself William Shakespeare--whom Carnivore just recently devoured. But the tunnel moves in only one direction, and if Carter is unable to reverse it, he will find himself marooned forever in this incomprehensible world, at the mercy of monsters and a terrifying, mind-freezing alien anomaly that occurs every evening in the "God-hour."   With unparalleled verve, award-winning science fiction Grand Master Clifford D. Simak performs a truly astonishing feat of world-creation in Shakespeare's Planet. Bursting with intelligence, imagination, and breathtaking invention, this is a gem of speculative fiction from one of the genre's most revered and innovative artists.

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