By Clifford D. Simak
greater than 1000 years have handed when you consider that humankind deliberately destroyed its treacherous expertise, picking out to revert again to a primitive tribal kingdom. during this society the rusting mind instances of long-inert robots are thought of trophies, and the scant wisdom that has survived is doled out to an inquisitive few in monastery-like “universities.” it really is at one such heart of studying that younger Tom Cushing first reads of the mythical “Place of Going to the Stars,” rumored to exist on a excessive butte someplace within the western a part of the land. pushed by means of enthusiasm and an insatiable have to music the parable to its resource, Tom units out on an awesome trek throughout what was known as “America,” teaming up with a witch, the world’s final final robotic, and different peculiar partners. yet all of the mind-blowing discoveries and hazards they come across alongside the best way will faded earlier than the revelations that look ahead to them at journey’s end.
Clifford D. Simak, award-winning technology fiction Grand grasp, bargains a panoramic imaginative and prescient of the longer term that's either dystopian and hopeful in equivalent degree. In A background of Stars, he boldly monitors the center, intelligence, and impressive resourceful powers that experience verified him as one of many all-time maximum authors of speculative fiction.
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And then he saw—a topographical map, and, from the shape of it, of the one-time state of Minnesota. He shifted it so he could read the legends, and there they were—the Mississippi, the Minnesota, the Mesabi and Vermilion ranges, Mule Lacs, the North Shore. He dropped it and grabbed another, unfolded it more rapidly and with less caution. Wisconsin. He dropped it in disappointment and picked up the third. There were only two others. Let it be there, he prayed. Let it be there! Before he had finished unfolding it, he knew he had what he was looking for.
They had walked out of old familiar Earth and, by some strange twist of fate or of circumstance, had entered this place that was not of Earth but was, perhaps, one of those far alien planets that at one time man may have visited. Shivering Snake had formed itself into a sparkling halo that revolved sedately in the air just above Rollo’s head, and at the edge of the farthest reach of firelight were flitting deeper shadows that were the Followers. Somewhere out there, he remembered, there was a place that he was seeking—not a place, perhaps, but a legend; and this place they traveled, as well, could be a legend.
Cushing squatted in the willows for an hour or more, alert to any danger. When he was satisfied there seemed to be none, he made his way back to where Meg and Rollo sat with Andy. Cushing made a motion toward the horse. ” he asked. “I talked to him,” said Meg. “I explained to him. ” he asked, jokingly. ’’ “Perhaps a slight one, only. ” “We should get some sleep,” he said. “How about it, Rollo? ’’ Rollo reached out a hand and stroked Andy’s neck. “lie likes me, he said. ” asked Meg. ” “Things at times are frightened of me,” the robot said.