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Chapter 1. The Cemetery stretched away in the morning light, a thing of breathless beauty.

Chapter 1. The rows of gleaming monuments swept across the valley and covered all the slopes and hills. The grass, mowed and clipped with precise devotion, was an emerald blanket that gave no hint of the rawness of the soil into which it thrust its roots. The stately pines, planted in the aisles that ran between the rows of graves, made soft and moaning music. It gets you, said the captain of the funeral ship.

The American science fiction writer Clifford D. Simak (August 3, 1904 – April 25, 1988) was honored by fans with three Hugo Awards and by colleagues with 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. The Creator (48-page novelette: first magazine publication 1935, first book publication 1946).

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

Earth: expensive, elite graveyard to the galaxy.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. An artist, a robot, and a treasure seeker venture back to Mother Earth where they find their existence threatened by strange beings.

Clifford D. Simak (1904 -1988) Clifford Donald Simak was born in Wisconsin, in 1904. He attended the University of Wisconsin and spent his working life in the newspaper business. He flirted briefly with science fiction in the early '30s but did not start to write seriously until John W. Campbell's Astounding Stories began to rejuvenate the field in 1937. Simak was a regular contributor to Astounding throughout the Godlen Age, producing a body of well regarded work. He won the Nebula and multiple Hugo Awards, and in 1977 was the third writer to be named a Grand Master by SFWA.

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by Clifford D. Simak.

Earth: expensive, elite graveyard to the galaxy. by Clifford D.

Earth: expensive, elite graveyard to the galaxy. Ravaged 10,000 years earlier by war, Earth was reclaimed by its space-dwelling offspring as a planet of landscaping and tombstones. None of them fully human, Fletcher, Cynthia, and Elmer journey through this dead world, discovering human traits and undertaking a quest to rebuild a human world on Earth.

If you suppose, like I do, that Simak's seminal work is his novel "City," then you probably measure all of his other wok against it. This has the ancient fate of earth theme and a robot of incredible age. It has a house that endures the span of time. All of the elements are there, and this certtainly ranks second to the master work that is "City." On its own it has that noirish tone you expect from a journalist, and it is not at all a bad read.
Simak has a knack of bringing out the humanity and soul in his stories. Cemetery World takes you into the distant future, yet in some ways it feels like it’s just down the road.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Not wanting to give anything away I will only say that I was expecting a different story from what I got, but I was happily disappointed for the story I did read was greatly entertaining. What an imagination the writer of this book has!
This is a very good book. Of course all Simak books are very good to fantastic. This one has fewer robots than some of the fantastic books but absolutely worth reading. I haven't seen a Simak book yet that wasn't worth reading.
Clifford D. Simak's _Cemetery World_ was originally a three part serial in _Analog_ back in 1972 and was accompanied by some marvelous John Schoenherr illustrations. It was published in book form the following year. The novel is set mostly on a future Earth which-- after a bloody war-- has become the epitome of peace. It is now an expensive planetary graveyard to the galaxy, run by a smooth but sinister Organization.

The hero and heroine come to Earth in order to make a composition, a kind of multi-media documentary; and in no time at all, they have stirred up a peck of trouble. Added to the mix are a couple of robots, some mountain folk, two ancient war machines, several ghosts (well, shades, actually), a strange creature called the Census Taker, some grave robbers, a treasure, three mechanical wolves, and a time machine.

Simak tries to tie up all the loose ends in the final chapters, but the results are abrupt and not completely convincing. There are also stretches where the story seems unintentionally silly. And then there are the occasional small slips. At one point, for example, the Census Taker, who floats above the ground, is described as "clump[ing] on ahead" (114). _Cemetery World_, then, is not Simak at the top of his game.

And yet, the novel is a passable piece of entertainment. The characters are (for the most part) amiable and engaging. And there are several moments when Simak allows himself to give descriptive passages such as this:

I sat on a moss-grown boulder beside a brawling, dark-brown stream that carried on its surface the fairy boats of red and gold and yellow that were the fallen leaves. If one listened sharply he could pick out, at the edge of the throaty gurgle of the dark-brown water, the faint, far-off pattering of other leaves falling to the earth. And for all the color and the beauty, there was an ancient sadness there. I sat and listened to the liquid sliding of the water and the faint patter of the leaves, and looking at the trees, I saw they were massive growths exuding a sense of age, and that there was something homelike and secure and comfortable about them. There was color here and mood and sound, quality and structure, and a texture that could be felt with the fingers of the mind. (38)

Ah, yes. There it is. That old Simak sense of the pastoral. That love of the country. That valuation of the peaceful. And just when you begin to feel your attention flagging, that Voice breaks through and holds you. Give this one a try.
"Cemetery World", published in 1973 by Clifford D. Simak [1904-88] envisions a far future where a devastating war will render large portion of Earth uninhabitable. During the lead up to this war the "intellectual elite" exited Earth and have established flourishing outpost on earth-like planets. Eventually great numbers of colonist return their loved ones to the home planet for interment giving rise to a self-serving corporation that manages the vast expanse of the cemeteries Small-inbred communities of human inhabit the few wild lands remaining depending on odd jobs with the Cemetery Corporation for necessities. Fletcher Carlson, an artist, returns to Earth to create a multi-media composition with the help of two robots. The Cemetery Corporation is unhelpful suspecting that Carlson has other motives. Carlson eventually determines that the corporation has some dark secrets it does not want discovered at any cost. Complicating matters a young lady, Cynthia Lansing, joins Carlson and is convinced a mysterious alien race has secreted archaeological treasures somewhere on earth. As a science-fiction novel this is a well-crafted story with ample suspense and fleshed out characters.

The underlying premise and motivations of this story, as outlined above, are both engaging and creditable in the context of a science-fiction novel. I was taken back when the ghost, or shades as they preferred to be called, started showing up and then proceeded to send the human characters back and forth through time. In the context of this story these fantasy themes appeared to be completely out of place. But as the old sailor said on many occasions "It is what it is like it or not".

"Cemetery World" by Clifford D. Simak is a perplexing book to categorize. It is marketed as a "science fiction novel" but contains aspects of pure fantasy that some readers may find disconcerting. Actually more than disconcerting, ardent SF fans are a contentions and vocal lot and ruminated about this in the fan press and with the author. Of course this is all so much balderdash from 40 years ago but the issue still remains as, hopefully, you will find out upon reading. In a 1978 interview Simak addresses the issue: "I suppose ghost and robots do not mix, but I see no reason why they shouldn't. If a writer wants to interweave the old mythology with the new, there should be nothing to prevent it."

Even so there is a lot to admire and enjoy in this novel. In case your interested Simak's mixing of science-fiction and fantasy elements shows up in several other of his novels: "Enchanted Pilgrimage"[1975] and "Out of Their Minds"[1970]. So either hunt these titles up on the internet or mark them DO NOT READ!

This book was first published in Analog magazine as a three part serial in 1973.
Normally, Simak's sense of the pastoral chases me away (i.e. Tolkien, Melville, etc.), but it seems bearable, if not appropriate for Cemetery World. The range of characters follows the kitchen sink conglomerate, but the tale is amiable and adapts quite well to their appearance. Definitely worthy of a read by a GrandMaster of Science Fiction.