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Clifford D Simak


Year 1952
Publisher Sphere Books



Winner of the International Fantasy Award

The cities of the world are deserted.

As automation invades every sphere of life, human beings are rendered redundant and superfluous: one by one, they abandon consciousness ...

The Robots make spaceships and shoot for the stars.

The Ants construct huge buildings which sprawl over the remnants of the old townships.

And the Dogs take over the Earth!




"A high-water mark in science fiction writing."
Anthony Boucher

Clifford Simak was one of the great names of science fiction, a master of the genre whose books have become classics.  City is considered by many to be his best work; undoubtedly it deserves a place in any self-respecting science fiction library.



Night view of lights across North America



Credit: NASA

Bright Lights, Big Cities
As United States has undergone a steady process of urbanization, scientists are becoming more concerned about the long-term effects. Unlike rural communities, urban sprawl completely transforms the landscape and the soil and alters the surrounding ecosystem and the climate. Marc Imhoff, a biologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and a team of researchers have been looking for ways to measure the effects of urbanization on the biological productivity in the United States and other countries around the world. The researchers created a method of mapping urbanization on a countrywide scale by using satellite images of the light cities generate at night. With the resulting city lights maps, they are now zeroing in on the impacts urban sprawl has on the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the ecosystem within which we live.

NASA Image of the day archive





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