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Ring around the sun by Clifford D. Simak

Ring around the sun (original 1952; edition 1969)

by Clifford D. Simak

Series: Urania (719)

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Title:Ring around the sun
Authors:Clifford D. Simak
Info:New York : Avon, 1969.
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Ring Around the Sun by Clifford D. Simak (1952)



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Jay Vickers discovers that inhabitants of a parallel earth are attacking USA. They are operating by importing good long-lasting technology and destroying planned obsolescence. An evil plot in the eyes of American Shareholders. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 11, 2017 |
This is a clever science-fiction adventure story with unpredictable plot twists that nonetheless lead to an authentic outcome. It has an interesting political theme as well, with the necessity to remake Earth's flawed culture as a force that moves the story forward. This was written in the early 50's, so there are some surface elements that are dated, but readers who set those aside will be rewarded by appreciation of the depth of the author's ideas. Simak had a workmanlike writing style that did not yield beautiful sentences and his characters are not fully developed, but his imagination and ability to create an unusual adventure shine here. ( )
1 vote bkinetic | Mar 21, 2017 |
Perhaps slightly dated, this book nevertheless delivers on what sci-fi is meant to deliver on: action and ideas. There's another world waiting for us if we're ready for it and Simak shows us how to get there. ( )
1 vote dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
This book was written about 60 years ago, but with the exception of a few references to the Cold War, it holds up very well as a dystopian/utopian novel that examines issues like tolerance and the perfectibility of humankind. ( )
1 vote nmele | Oct 11, 2014 |
Simak is one of the most important Science Fiction writers of the early 1960's, mostly because he created novels of marvelous ideas, ones with much potential and meat on them, if you understand. But Simak didn't always create great characters and plots to go along with those ideas (like so many other science fiction novels, the ideas are more important than the story). However, Ring Around the Sun is not one of those. It is a marvelous sci-fi novel, centering around the very idea that Currie used in Everything Matters, that the Earth is only one of millions of Earths existing in multiple space-time planes. This book is mentioned in Stephen King's Hearts in Atlantis and influenced King in his Dark Tower series. It is, in my opinion, a book that should be included in the modern Western Literary Cannon, mainly because it merges literature and science in a way that most high school students could easily understand it and enjoy it.

In the story, Jay Vickers, on his way to a meeting with a Mr. Crawford, sees a shop selling Forever Light Bulbs, as well as a razor that never needs sharpening, a car that runs forever...etc... This, explains Crawford, is crippling the industries of the world, causing chaos and fear. Vickers is supposed to investigate it and expose it in articles to be published. But it's not all that simple, because the people behind the Forever Light Bulb are trying to save the world, not destroy it.

A fabulous book, one that I've read twice now. It's very rare for me to do that. The other books I've read twice include LOTR, Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson, Dragonriders of Pern by McCaffrey, and Dandelion Wine by Bradbury. Simak's book easily ranks among these. ( )
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Here is straight science fiction ...it deals with the daydream of a Better World Next Door;
the powers of paranormal magics like the mesmerizing spin of a child' top;
a superscience that can produce indestructible modern conveniences practically free of charge;
and the inspiring struggle between the humdrum dirtiness of Earthly industrialism and the enchantment of far-advanced science in the 'better' parallel world.

It, too, in a different way, is believable, exciting, and satisfying, with some of the most ingenious plot twists n recent science Fiction.

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Ring around the Sun /
Now see what Pratchett has done / What goes round comes round

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