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eBook Empire by Clifford D. Simak, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure ePub

by Clifford D. Simak

  • ISBN: 1463899300
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Author: Clifford D. Simak
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Aegypan (June 1, 2011)
  • Pages: 164
  • ePub book: 1620 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1143 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 206

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Nine tales of imagination and wonder from one of the formative voices of science fiction and fantasy, the author of Way Station and City. Named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Clifford D. Simak was a preeminent voice during the decades that established sci-fi as a genre to be reckoned with. Held in the same esteem as fellow luminaries Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Ray Bradbury, his novels continue to enthrall today’s readers.

Home Clifford D. Simak Empire. A Complete ORIGINAL Book, UNABRIDGED The Works of Clifford D. Simak Volume One. A Complete ORIGINAL Book, UNABRIDGED. 371. 0. Published: 2009. Other author's books: The Thing in the Stone: And Other Stories. The Works of Clifford D.

Clifford Donald Simak (/ˈsɪmək/; August 3, 1904 – April 25, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. He won three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award. The Science Fiction Writers of America made him its third SFWA Grand Master, and the Horror Writers Association made him one of three inaugural winners of the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. Simak was born in Millville, Wisconsin in 1904, son of John Lewis and Margaret (Wiseman) Simak

Wonderful super-science adventure with geniuses versus evil corporations. I've been a fan of Clifford Simak for years, especially books like "City" and "Way Station".

Wonderful super-science adventure with geniuses versus evil corporations. Some creative stuff here that is quite enjoyable. I think this could make a swell 2 or 3 part miniseries. This is one of his earliest books, one I'd never read before, and it's quite unlike any of his others. It's fun, but more space opera than his normal thoughtful fiction. There's no real depth to the plot, and the characters are pretty basic.

Empire by Clifford D Simak - book cover, description, publication history

Empire by Clifford D Simak - book cover, description, publication history.

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Four men were in the room -- Chambers himself; Craven, the scientist; Arnold Grant, head of Interplanetary's publicity department, and Harry Wilson! Wilson's voice came out of the screen, a frantic, almost terrified voice. "I've told you all I know. I'm not a scientist. I'm a mechanic. I've told you what they're doing. I can't tell you how they do it." Arnold Grant leaned forward in his chair. His face was twisted in fury. "There were plans, weren't there?" he demanded. "There were equations and formulas. Why didn't you bring us some of them?" "I tried," pleaded Wilson. Perspiration stood out on his forehead. The cigarette in his mouth was limp and dead. "One of them was always there. I never could get hold of any papers. I asked questions, but they were too busy to answer. And I couldn't ask too much, because then they would have suspected me." Half a continent away, the men they were speaking of -- the very men that Wilson had been hired to spy upon -- were watching everything that was said. They were not pleased.

Comments

Androrim Androrim
I’ve only recently discovered the writings of Clifford D. Simak, but I already consider myself a big fan of his work. Based on novels like Way Station and his stories in the Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak series, I was under the impression that he could do no wrong. His 1951 novel Empire, however, proved to be quite a disappointment.

The story takes place centuries in the future. Earth has developed the solar system, establishing colonies, mines, prisons, and industrial plants on all the worlds from Mercury to Pluto. There’s big business in extracting resources from our neighboring planets, and most of that business is controlled by the Interplanetary Power corporation. Interplanetary manufactures accumulators that harvest energy from the sun and are then shipped throughout the solar system to satisfy humanity’s appetite for power. Without these accumulators, space flight would be impossible. Because of this monopoly on energy, the tycoon who runs interplanetary, Spencer Chambers, is the de facto dictator of the solar system.

However, a rival billionaire aims to change that. Gregory Manning and his chief scientist Russell Page, have made the serendipitous discovery of a new source of power. Or perhaps they’ve made two or three discoveries in rapid succession, it’s really quite unclear. Simak goes to great lengths to describe the forces that Manning and Page have discovered and harnessed, but you’d probably need a physics degree to really make sense of it. There’s much talk about anti-entropy and negative gravity and space fields. Much of it falls within my understanding of physics, but a lot of it just seems to be made up to allow the two heroes to do cool things. For instance, they can propel spacecraft faster than the speed of light. They can capture an instantaneous television feed from anywhere in the solar system or project a three-dimensional television image in return. They can teleport people and things, or reach out and snatch anything, anywhere, and bring it to them. There’s seemingly no limit to what they can do with these remarkable space fields.

Which is really the crux of the book’s problem. This is supposed to be a David and Goliath story about two revolutionary upstarts taking down an empire. It’s hard for that sort of story to be fun, however, when the underdogs are practically omnipotent. Whenever the good guys come up against a challenge, they just snap their fingers and make it go away. Chambers has his own evil genius who is trying to duplicate Manning’s discoveries and use them against him, but the story never builds any suspense. The climactic confrontation is just a mess of confusing detail you’d have to draw a diagram to figure out. Simak is usually so good about maintaining the human element in his visionary sci-fi speculations, but here any emotional engagement is lost. All the characters are like cardboard cutouts, indistinguishable from one another except by name.

A writer whose body of work is as prolific and diverse as Simak’s is bound to have a few lackluster works in his catalog. Empire is definitely far from his best work, though perhaps someone with a more advanced knowledge of the science behind the fiction might appreciate this book more than I did. Simak produced so many exceptional works, however, most readers can afford to skip this one.
Rolorel Rolorel
I owe my initial love of SciFi to Clifford Simak more than anyone else. He got me started in the genre, with, as others have said, "Way Station", so excellent! Others of course led me onward, but it started with Simak. Having said that, this book reads differently, thematically, than his other scifi. It doesn't tackle the particular issues you are likely to find in his other books. And despite its predictability, as others have said, it was a pretty fun read. The vernacular is outdated, and ideas about physics and technology as well, but the action is in the personalities, and that still rings true. Its prices pretty well too :D A fast read, thought provoking, and enjoyable.
Sennnel Sennnel
One of the other reviewers remarked that this is an early Clifford D. Simak novel, and that the author is mimicking the sort of story written by E. E. Doc Smith. As such, it is not the sort of story that fans of Simak expect from him. This is true to an extent. The Story follows the general Smith formula of spaceships battling in the depths of space using tremendous power sources, explained in more-or-less convincing-sounding scientific gobbledygook, and brilliant scientists on both sides of the battle constantly making improvements on those weapons, making them even more absurdly powerful, while in the midst of battle. However, Simak was an author of much greater depth than Smith. Simak’s villain, an egomaniac who wants to be the dictator of the solar system, thinks of himself as mankind’s benefactor, and explains himself with interesting logic. Though I had not read a Simak novel in over forty years, I remembered that he had once been one of my favorite authors because of the intelligent optimism of his stories. “Empire” was not disappointing.
Kezan Kezan
A quick and enjoyable read. I really enjoyed reading Simak's work as a kid, and was glad to find this one. While there were a couple plot points where I thought, "No way anyone would do that.", on the whole it was a very engaging & original story with lots of action.
Kigabar Kigabar
This is some Cliff Simak I have not been able to get my hands on until now.
Is it a great story? Maybe not, unless you like Simak, and I do. I enjoyed it hugely.
If you know Simak and have not read this, by all means do yourself a favor and buy this story.
Bev Bev
Empire has characters that you'll cheer for at first but quickly fear if corruption is inevitable when individuals wield limitless power.
Some of the villains are charismatic and may even earn your respect. Their convictions seem honorable, but it's best you decide if their actions are for the greater good.
While the plot is serious and engaging, I enjoyed the tone of the humor immensely.
If you've never heard of this author, then I BEG you to PLEASE give him a chance. I highly recommend City.
Cells Cells
I just finished this short novel. The writing isn't the best. The story is predictable. The characters are caricature. But this story was published in 1951. It could have been written yesterday. This is a must read, classic example of the maxim that "the more things change, the more they stay the same" . . .
I really like it.