Desertion — Ch. 4 (Clifford D. Simak, ). It was not the Jupiter he had known through the televisor. He had expected it to be different, but not. Desertion — Ch. 1 (Clifford D. Simak, ). Four men, two by two, had gone into the howling maelstrom that was Jupiter and had not returned. Simak, C.D., , Desertion, in Rabkin, E.S. (ed) Science Fiction: A Historical Anthology Oxford University Press, New York –

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Analog’s expanding universe Anthology by Stanley Schmidt. She’s a highly sought-after machine operator but not counted among the biologists. By rejecting human existence for the alien, the characters subvert our preconception that human existence is special and tangibly worth living i n comparison to other creatures.

They know they need to change the human form in order to make living their plausible, their question is “did we get the form right”. They leave the station in their new form and experience Hy as a paradise.

Short, a little old fashioned in style, but – it makes me feel like my skull is a little bit stretchier than it was before I read it. Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it Jul 16, Simak infollows the story of an army commander and his dog.

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It was recommended in high school as YA fiction. The worst part about including Desertion in this project is that I don’thave more to say about the story that won’t ruin the story for anyone who hasn’t read it already. On Jupiter, an experimental program is in place to transpose men into the bodies of Jovian native fauna in order to allow people to go out into the hostile environment. People seem to misunderstand clifrord point of the experiments.


The story was easy to follow but still interesting. However, returning to the initial Earth in the final tale of the book, Jenkins finds the dogs dealing with the ever-growing Ant City, which is taking over the Earth. Joe steps in again, once more out of sheer mischief. The change in how the environment was experienced with new senses was really interesting.

It made Towser young again, could you convert an old human to a young human? Bruce Webster surgically provides dogs with a means of speech and better vision.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Simak’s vision of human apocalypse is unusual, not one of destruction, but simply of isolation. Through a futuristic machine Fowler and his dog are turned into Lopers. They are not to survey the planet, they are to see if humanity can survive on Jupiter. This is, of course, nonsense but it does not really matter because, as a plot device, it gets you to the nub of the matter – that there might be a state of being to be discovered that is so superior to being human that one might as well ‘desert’ humanity altogether.

Desertion by Clifford D. Simak

This story lacks however, any characteristic post modern nihilism, making it hard to categorize. Learn more on my Disclosure page. The fixup [1] novel describes a legend simka of eight tales that the pastoral, pacifist Dogs recite as they pass down an oral legend of a creature known as Man. Jenkins is saddened because he realizes the Dogs will never accept this solution.


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I ckifford this is one of the best short sorties I’ve read in a while, i totally recommend reading this book just because of the ending and the descriptions and the writing style. Simak spends a lot of timeexplaining how humans deal with the sikak and storms and exotic chemistry on the surface, but never explains how they survive the gravity without being mashed into the floor grates.

Men permanently transformed to survive unaided on Jupiter’s surface leave the station to gather data and inexplicably fail to return.

Hydroponic farming and decentralized power allow small communities to become self-sufficient. Chelsi rated it liked it Oct 24,