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Клиффорд Дональд Саймак

Дата рождения: 3. Август 1904
Дата смерти: 25. Апрель 1988
Другие имена: Клиффорд Саймак

Кли́ффорд До́нальд Са́ймак — американский писатель в жанре научной фантастики и фэнтези, считается одним из основателей современной американской фантастики. В силу распространённого заблуждения, книги этого автора в переводе на русский язык неизменно издавались под именем Саймак — именно под этим «псевдонимом» он известен русскоязычным читателям. Впрочем, заблуждение советских переводчиков до определённого времени разделяли даже такие американцы, как Айзек Азимов, писавший в предисловии к одному из рассказов Саймака:

— Айзек Азимов

В честь писателя назван астероид Cliffsimak.


„Для того, чтобы стать свободным, достаточно осознать себя.“

„... постепенно его работа стала идентифицируемо саймаковской — сдержанной, глубоко эмоциональной под невозмутимо грамотной поверхностью жанра НФ; его сказания глубоко пасторальны в том смысле, что эти идиллии, эдемы почти неизбежно поддерживаются какими-либо высшими цивилизациями, иногда городскими... <…“


„Филберт заблудился. К тому же он был напуган. Это обстоятельство настораживало само по себе, потому что Филберт был роботом, а роботам эмоции неведомы.“

„В любом маленьком городке или деревне мог ужиться только один“

„Это был черешок, такой же, как у яблока или вишни, черешок, крепко и естественно приросший к углу двадцатидолларовой бумажки.“

„Джон Кэмпбелл <…> был бо́льшим другом для“

„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

„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

„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


„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

„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

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