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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Empire (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cosmic Engineers (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time and Again / First He Died (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ring Around the Sun (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time is the Simplest Thing / The Fisherman (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble with Tycho (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
They Walked Like Men (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Way Station / Here Gather the Stars (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Flesh Is Grass (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Werewolf Principle (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Why Call Them Back From Heaven? (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Bright the Vision (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Goblin Reservation (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of Their Minds (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prehistoric Man (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Destiny Doll (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Choice of Gods (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cemetery World (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Waystation (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Our Children's Children (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enchanted Pilgrimage (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shakespeare's Planet (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Heritage of Stars (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fellowship of the Talisman (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mastodonia / Catface (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Visitors (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Project Pope (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where the Evil Dwells (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Special Deliverance (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Highway of Eternity (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Quarry (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Complete Short Fiction Of Clifford D. Simak Books

I Am Crying All Inside and Other Stories (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Front Yard and Other Stories (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost of a Model T and Other Stories (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Life of Their Own and Other Stories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grotto of the Dancing Deer and Other Stories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Folks' Home and Other Stories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Death in the House and Other Stories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Night, Mr. James and Other Stories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earth for Inspiration and Other Stories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shipshape Miracle and Other Stories (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dusty Zebra and Other Stories (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Thing in the Stone and Other Stories (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Hellhounds of the Cosmos (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Street That Wasn't There (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. Meek Plays Polo (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Project Mastodon (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World That Couldn't Be (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eternity Lost (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spacebred Generations (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Second Childhood (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

City (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Worlds of Clifford Simak (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strangers in the Universe (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night of the Puudly (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other Worlds of Clifford Simak (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Traps of Earth and Other Stories (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aliens for Neighbours (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Traps of Earth (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worlds Without End (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Science Fiction Stories of Clifford D. Simak (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Over the River and Through the Woods (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skirmish (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Marathon Photograph and Other Stories (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Off-Planet (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brother and Other Stories (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Autumn Land and Other Stories (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Immigrant and Other Stories (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Creator and Other Stories (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Civilisation Game and Other Stories (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hellhounds of the Cosmos and Other Tales from the Fourth Dimension (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madness From Mars and Other Short Stories (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Thing in the Stone: And Other Stories (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The March of Science (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Pulp Writers Books

Anthology of Sci-Fi V1 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V2 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V3 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V4 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V5 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V6 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V7 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V8 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V9 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V10 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V11 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V12 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V13 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V15 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V17 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V18 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V19 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V20 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V21, the Pulp Writers (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V22 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Stellar Books

Stellar Short Novels (By: Gordon R. Dickson,Andrew J. Offutt,Judy-Lynn del Rey,Shawn Oueinsteen) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #2 (With: Isaac Asimov,Larry Niven,Howard Waldrop,Jack C. Haldeman II,Steven Utley,Hal Clement,James White,Richard S. Simak,Judy-Lynn del Rey,Patrick G. Conner) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #3 (With: Jack L. Chalker,Gene DeWeese,Jeffrey M. Wallman,Charles W. Runyon,Mildred Downey Broxon,Henry Melton,Judy-Lynn del Rey,Arsen Darney,B. Lee Cooper,Larry S. Haverkos,Steve Utley,Bill Starr) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #4 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #5 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #6 (By: Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #7 (By: Terry Carr,Leanne Frahm,Judy-Lynn del Rey) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Golden Age of Science Fiction Books

The Golden Age of Science Fiction - Volume VI (By: Robert Sheckley) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Age of Science Fiction - Volume IV (By: Robert Sheckley) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Age of Science Fiction - Volume X (With: James Blish,Poul Anderson,Fritz Leiber,Harry Harrison,Roger Dee,Anthony Gilmore,Robert Hoskins,Richard Rein Smith) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Astounding Science Fiction, October 1958(1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mind Partner and 8 Other Novelets from Galaxy(1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Novelets of Science Fiction(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alien Worlds(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Microcosmic God(1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomorrow 1| Science Fiction by the Masters(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Award 6(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Astounding-Analog Reader, Book Two(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil's Generation(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frontiers 1: Tomorrow's Alternatives(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The John W. Campbell Memorial Anthology / Astounding(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow...(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Decade: The 1940's(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #2(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aliens: 3 Novellas(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stellar #3(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perilous Planets(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rod Serling's Other Worlds(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Astounding(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog Science Fiction, November 1979(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Laughing Space: An Anthology of Science Fiction Humor(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The SFWA Grand Masters 1(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book Of Science Fiction(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Fantastic Stories(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Startling Stories #3(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Gems, Vol. One(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time Travel Megapack: 26 Modern and Classic Science Fiction Stories(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology of Sci-Fi V21, the Pulp Writers(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Galaxy, Volume Two(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Gems, Volume Twelve(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Driftless Reader(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Age of Science Fiction - Volume XV(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Age of Science Fiction - Volume X(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thrilling Wonder Stories - December 1938(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Pioneers(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Born of the Sun: Adventures in Our Solar System(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nature's Warnings: Classic Stories of Eco-Science Fiction(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Comet: Stories of Super Time and Space(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Clifford D. Simak

An American newspaperman for the majority of his life, Clifford D. Simak was also an extremely well regarded author as well. Mostly focusing on the fantasy and science-fiction genres, he was able to entertain and engage his many readers worldwide, something which he continues to do to this day. Knowing and understanding his audience, he was a well regarded author who managed to really get to the heart of what it was that his audience were actually looking for.

Early and Personal Life

It was in 1904 on the 3rd of August that Clifford D. Simak was born, as he would grow up in Millville, Wisconsin, in the United States. Born and raised in the area, he would come to have a keen love of literature and the written word, nurturing this passion throughout the years. This, in time, would evolve into his work with newspapers, as he would come to be involved heavily in the printing industry.

Over time he would become more heavily invested in this industry and the medium, as he would later branch off into writing for himself full-time. Attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he would later come to teach himself as well in various public schools, finishing in 1929. Friends with Isaac Asimov, he would become an integral part of the science-fiction writing community too, leaving a legacy behind that stands proud to this day.

Writing Career

From an early age, Simak held a fascination for science-fiction, becoming heavily interested in the works of author H.G. Wells. Later writing himself for the publication ‘Wonder Stories’, he would have his first contribution published titled ‘The World of the Red Sun’ in 1931. This would then pave the way to a lifetime spent writing various works and pieces that would come to shape much of the ‘Golden Age of Science-Fiction’ in its early years.

Regularly using themes and concepts that he would often repeat, many of his stories would feature aspects such as a rural setting in Wisconsin, along with protagonists who were rugged and individualistic in their nature. This would see him come to create his own style, one that would definitely stand out from the rest, setting him apart over the years to come. Living with his long time wife Agnes Kuchenberg and their two children Richard Scott and Shelley Ellen, he lived a long and illustrious life, creating many seminal works in the process.

Way Station

First released through the Collier Books publishing label, this was originally published in the month of November in 1963. A stand-alone title, it manages to evoke a number of different ideas and feelings with its entirely self-contained narrative. Published during the middle of Simak’s career too, it also gives an idea of his trajectory as a writer, as well as where he was going too.

A ponderous almost meditative piece, this calls up some of the deeper questions that humanity faces as it progresses at a rapid rate. Seen through the eyes of its leading protagonist Enoch Wallace, the reader has a way in to ask themselves these questions, considering many of the deeper implications. Using broad rural landscape, Simak essentially takes this as his canvas, drawing the reader in to his rich and evocative world. It also shows what can really be done with science-fiction as a genre in terms of message and scope, taking the reader on a journey beyond the stars.

Carrying the same gun that he’s carried ever since the Civil War, the ageless hermit Enoch Wallace spends his days striding across his own untended farm, something which he’s done for almost a century now. Unbeknownst to the world outside though, is that within his house that’s also remained unchanged he communes with a whole host of intergalactic friends. Recruited a hundred years prior by the alien Ulysses, he manages the Earth’s only galactic way station point, tending to the only galactic transfer point between humanity and the stars. Watching as Earth progresses exponentially, he must keep an eye upon the technological developments of humanity, as he comes to realize that the planet is heading on a doomed path. Is there anything that he can do to stop this? Can Ulysses offer any help to him and humanity? What will become of the way station?

Shakespeare’s Planet

Initially published using the Ballantine Books publishing imprint, this was first brought out in the year of 1976. Another stand-alone title, this isn’t a part of any series as such, allowing it to be read casually, with all its messages and ideas contained within. Released not long after the previous book, this is definitely a must for any fans of the author, or simply those looking to find out more.

A fun escapist novel, this really is one of Simak’s highly inventive titles, clearly displaying the sheer breadth and scope of his imagination as a writer. Creating iconic characters as well, he manages to draw the reader in, giving it a very grounded feel, despite it being set light years away. Using rich and evocative imagery too, Simak makes sure to give it all an extremely vivid and vibrant style throughout as well. However far he goes, he always keeps the action and the messages close to home, allowing the reader to really become invested in its narrative. It is his ideas that also continually shine through too, giving thought to the big questions facing humanity once again.

Accompanied by three fellow crew members, Carter Horton is assigned with travelling the stars in order to locate a planet fit for human habitation. Sent into a deep sleep until they arrive at their destination, they’re all placed in suspended animation, but the system’s malfunction leaving only Carter alive. Arriving solo at the destination it’s been two thousand years, and the ship itself is unable to return Carter back to humanity. On the planet though, he meets a single living being called Carnivore, who then proceeds to tell Carter that there is one way back through an inter-space tunnel. Will it get him to where he wants to go though? What will life be like once he does get back? Can he ever hope to survive Shakespeare’s Planet?

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One Response to “Clifford D. Simak”

  1. Name (required): 7 months ago

    In fact-(not unusual among writers who must “boil the pot”, id that Way Station, Shakespeare’s planet and the Goblin Reservation, are each , almost the exact same story.
    I have noticed this among other writers of SciFi,(Larry Niven’s “World out of Time” is essentially a reworked into Ringworld, with added bells and whistles) as , often , the need for making s living coincides with the ability to rework older material and to take one story from the past and rework it into something vaguely but -at least to fans-clearly so similar as to be nearly instantly recognizable.
    Sometimes I wonder if Sci Fi is so filled with reused story lines that might it be in imitation of the universe itself-with its limited number of elements from Nova explosions and star types,(O, B, A, F, G, K, M, R-N, S) the almost standardized shape of most galaxies and the the stars which make them up.
    I am positive I cannot be the only person who has noticed this fact-that the construction of stories repeats , just as stars are all round and galaxies seem to all rotate.At the heart of them are probably black holes or, at least neutron stars.


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