By Clifford D. Simak
greater than 1000 years have handed given that humankind deliberately destroyed its treacherous expertise, deciding on to revert again to a primitive tribal nation. during this society the rusting mind situations of long-inert robots are thought of trophies, and the scant wisdom that has survived is doled out to an inquisitive few in monastery-like “universities.” it truly is at one such heart of studying that younger Tom Cushing first reads of the mythical “Place of Going to the Stars,” rumored to exist on a excessive butte someplace within the western a part of the land. pushed by way of enthusiasm and an insatiable have to music the parable to its resource, Tom units out on an awesome trek throughout what used to be known as “America,” teaming up with a witch, the world’s final ultimate robotic, and different unusual partners. yet all of the stunning discoveries and hazards they come across alongside the best way will light sooner than the revelations that watch for them at journey’s end.
Clifford D. Simak, award-winning technology fiction Grand grasp, bargains a wide ranging imaginative and prescient of the long run that's either dystopian and hopeful in equivalent degree. In A history of Stars, he boldly monitors the center, intelligence, and notable creative powers that experience proven him as one of many all-time maximum authors of speculative fiction.
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She is always first. And you may be wondering what I was doing, standing here in the holes I dug, and shut within myself. I was not as shut in as you might have thought. I was talking with the flowers. They are such pretty flowers and so sentient and well-mannered. . I almost said ‘intelligent,’ and that would not have been quite right, for their intelligence, if that is what you can call it, is not our intelligence, although, perhaps, in a way, better than our intelligence. ” “More so now than was the case at one time,” the old man told him.
Cushing, come awake. The camp across the river. There is something going on. He saw that it was Rollo, the starlight glinting on his metal. He half scrambled from the blanket. ” he asked. “There’s a lot of commotion. They are pulling out, I think. ” Cushing scrambled out of the blanket. ” Squatted at the water’s edge, he stared across the river. The fires, burned low, were red eyes in the darkness. Hurrying figures moved darkly among them. The sound of stamping horses, the creak of saddle leather, but there was little talking.
It was level land and seemed to run on forever, to a far horizon that was no more than a faint blue line against the blueness of the sky. There were no signs of nomads; there had been none since that morning when the war party had moved so quickly out of camp. Now there were increasingly larger herds of wild cattle, with, here and there, small herds of buffalo. Occasionally, in the distance, they sighted small bands of wild horses. The deer had vanished; there were some antelope. Prairie chickens were plentiful and they feasted on them.
A Heritage of Stars by Clifford D. Simak