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Clifford D. Simak

Datum narození: 3. srpen 1904
Datum úmrtí: 25. duben 1988
Další jména: Клиффорд Саймак

Clifford Donald Simak byl přední americký spisovatel vědecko-fantastické literatury a novinář. Za svůj život byl oceněn třemi cenami Hugo, jednou cenou Nebula a celou řadou dalších cen; v roce 1977 byl dokonce vyhlášen Asociací amerických sci-fi a fantasy spisovatelů třetím velmistrem žánru. Jak prozrazuje jeho jméno, jeho dědeček z otcovy strany se jmenoval Šimák a pocházel z Čech – sám Simak pak své jméno vyslovoval jako „Sim'k“.

Do žánru sci-fi vstoupil povídkou The World of the Red Sun . Pak se odmlčel, ale znovu začal publikovat se začátkem zlaté éry sci-fi a fantasy, která se datuje k roku 1937, a to v časopise Astounding Stories Johna W. Cambella. Zpočátku napodoboval jiné spisovatele, ale velmi rychle našel svůj vlastní styl, díky kterému byl čtenáři vyhledáván a zároveň oceňován profesionálními asociacemi. Publikoval kromě vědecko-fantastické literatury i válečné, westernové a detektivní povídky. Podle vyjádření kolegů a přátel to byl vzácný člověk plný opravdové lidskosti a přátelství.

Jeho velmi jednoduchý a vybroušený specifický styl mu vynesl označení pastoralista, protože hrdiny jeho knih bývají často obyčejní lide z idylického venkova. Jeho typičtí mimozemšťané se chovají zdvořile a rádi se s hlavním hrdinou dají do řeči během procházky po kopcích. Dílo samotné se pak často zaměřuje na poněkud hlubší otázky naší existence a přes svou nenáročnou a čtivou formu čtenáře nutí k zamyšlení. Neustále se v něm objevuje zejména téma varování před zotročením moderní technikou a snaha po udržení lidské pospolitosti.

Citáty Clifford D. Simak


„Opakovaně jsem lidské bytosti stavěl do srovnání s nesmírností všudypřítomného času a prostoru. Zajímalo mne, kam bychom jako rasa mohli směřovat a co by mohlo být naším účelem a cílem v tomto univerzálním schématu - pokud máme nějaký cíl. Obecně věřím, že takový cíl máme a že snad je i důležitý.“

„A religion is a system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing those conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.“


„Here lies one from a distant star, but the soil is not alien to him, for in death he belongs to the universe.“ Way Station

„Once there had been joy, but now there was only sadness, and it was not, he knew, alone the sadness of an empty house; it was the sadness of all else, the sadness of the Earth, the sadness of the failures and the empty triumphs.“ City

„The need of one human being for the approval of his fellow humans, the need for a certain cult of fellowship - a psychological, almost physiological need for approval of one's thought and action. A force that kept men from going off at unsocial tangents, a force that made for social security and human solidarity, for the working together of the human family.

Men died for that approval, sacrificed for that approval, lived lives they loathed for that approval. For without it man was on his own, an outcast, an animal that had been driven from the pack.
It had led to terrible things, of course - to mob psychology, to racial persecution, to mass atrocities in the name of patriotism or religion. But likewise it had been the sizing that held the race together, the thing that from the very start had made human society possible.

And Joe didn't have it. Joe didn't give a damn. He didn't care what anyone thought of him. He didn't care whether anyone approved or not.“
City

„You still could go to some industry or some university or the government and if you could persuade them you had something on the ball—why, then, they might put up the cash after cutting themselves in on just about all of the profits. And, naturally, they'd run the show because it was their money and allhad done was the sweating and the bleeding.“ All the Traps of Earth

„Man's inability to understand and appreciate the thought and viewpoint of another man would be a stumbling block which no amount of mechanical ability could overcome.“ City

„I can't go back," said Towser.
"Nor I," said Fowler.
"They would turn me back into a dog," said Towser.
"And me," said Fowler, "back into a man.“
City


„Jenkins tried to say goodbye, but he could not say goodbye. If he could only weep, he thought, but robots could not weep.“ City

„That was the way with Man; it had always been that way. He had carried terror with him. And the thing he was afraid of had always been himself.“ Way Station

„It's like coming home," said Webster and he wasn't talking to the dog. "It's like you've been away for a long, long time and then you come home again. And it's so long you don't recognize the place. Don't know the furniture, don't recognize the floor plan. But you know by the feel of it that it's an old familiar place and you are glad you came."

"I like it here," said. Ebenezer and he meant Webster's lap, but the man misunderstood.

"Of course, you do," he said. "It's your home as well as mine. More your home, in fact, for you stayed here and took care of it while I forgot about it.“
City

„These are the stories that the Dogs tell when the fires burn high and the wind is from the north. Then each family circle gathers at the hearthstone and the pups sit silently and listen and when the story's done they ask many questions:

"What is Man?" they'll ask.

Or perhaps: "What is a city?"

Or: "What is a war?“
City


„For it was authority that turned men suspicious and stern-faced. Authority and responsibility which made them not themselves, but a sort of corporate body that tried to think as a corporate body rather than a person.“ Time Is the Simplest Thing

„We thought all the time that we were passing through time when we really weren't, when we never have. We've just been moving along with time. We said, there's another second gone, there's another minute and another hour and another day, when, as a matter of fact the second or the minute or the hour was never gone. It was the same one all the time. It had just moved along and we had moved with it.“ City

„Race preservation is a myth … a myth that you all have lived by—a sordid thing that has arisen out of your social structure. The race ends every day. When a man dies the race ends for him—so far as he’s concerned there is no longer any race.“ City

„Man was engaged in a mad scramble for power and knowledge, but nowhere is there any hint of what he meant to do with it once he had attained it. He“ City

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