Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Město by Clifford D. Simak

Město (original 1952; edition 1992)

by Clifford D. Simak, Václav Kajdoš

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,432335,255 (4.01)64
Authors:Clifford D. Simak
Other authors:Václav Kajdoš
Info:Praha : Odeon, 1992
Collections:Your library

Work details

City by Clifford D. Simak (1952)



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 64 mentions

English (29)  French (2)  Italian (1)  Hungarian (1)  All languages (33)
Showing 1-5 of 29 (next | show all)
Deep, cohesive and ambitious themes, reminiscent of much later writing - incredible to think this was written in 1952. ( )
  rlangston | Apr 3, 2014 |
It's hard not to like a novel which takes a classic phrase that condemns change and the future, and makes a good story about it. (No spoilers; read the book and think about it.) Some of the best commentary on people comes from humor, though, and City has much to say about humans, sentience, ecology, and society. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Jan 29, 2014 |
The back cover of this refers to it being "Back in print by insistent demand, here is your chance to read this International Award winning science-fiction classic." It's indeed a re-issue, though, of the first paperback printing of the collection (which was published in 1952).

City won the "International Fantasy Award" for 1953 (very short lived award, ranging from 1951 to 1957). I'm basing the 1971 publication on a guess from an advertisement in the back offering (among other things) "World's Best Science Fiction of 1971" which implies that this must have been published in 1971 or later. It cannot be too much later, because the price was 75 cents.

Great book. Still good, and still with things to say. ( )
  Lyndatrue | Dec 1, 2013 |
I really wouldn't attempt to read City as speculative fiction, despite the opening stories and the fact that there's space travel and alternate dimensions. After I saw the reactions of group members to it, I thought I wasn't going to get on with it at all -- totally unscientific, only one or two female characters even mentioned, etc.

But then I started reading and the scholarly notes really tickled me. I've read them before, in a sense, in every book that attempts to piece together whether King Arthur (or any other mythical/legendary figure) really existed. I managed to read it then as a myth, as a cleverly constructed series of stories creating a myth-that-might-have-been. Almost a fable (which came to me when the notes made a reference to Aesop). It's a fable of what could happen if we took men out of the equation, and links up with The Book of Merlyn which I reread only last night -- is there something inherent in men that makes us act the way we do?

(It and T.H. White's Arthurian stories weren't written that far apart in time. Is it too late for me to write a dissertation on the preoccupations of those decades and take City and The Once and Future King as my primary texts? I'm sure there are others. It's probably been done, though. Striking that they both used ants and dogs, though probably coincidence -- we have very firm ideas of what ants and dogs are like, what they do, and I think they both used a common image.)

Anyway, it's not a gripping story with a narrative that pushes you forward. I read it with more a gentle curiosity, and it responds well to that. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
El futuro quizás no será así, pero es el futuro que a mi me gustaría. Uno de mis libros favoritos de ciencia ficción. ( )
  Don.A | Apr 1, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 29 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (42 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Clifford D. Simakprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, GwynethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valigursky, EdCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Gramp Stevens sat in a lawn chair, watching the mower at work, feeling the warm, soft sunshine seep into his bones.
Last words
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 188296828X, Hardcover)

The cities of the world are deserted and automation has invaded every aspect of human life. The robots make spaceships, the ants create huge buildings on the remains of old towns and the dogs take over the earth. The award-winning author's many other novels include "Catface" and "Off Planet".

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:51:29 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

"On a far future Earth, mankind's achievements are immense: artificially intelligent robots, genetically uplifted animals, interplanetary travel, genetic modification of the human form itself. But nothing comes without a cost. Humanity is tired, its vigour all but gone. Society is breaking down into smaller communities, dispersing into the countryside and abandoning the great cities of the world. As the human race dwindles and declines, which of its great creations will inherit the Earth? And which will claim the stars ...?"--Back cover.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
99 wanted2 pay3 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.01)
0.5 2
1 2
1.5 1
2 11
2.5 4
3 50
3.5 26
4 93
4.5 24
5 97


Three editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 94,003,289 books! | Top bar: Always visible