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Clifford D. Simak
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Without setting foot on another planet, people like Shep Blaine were reaching out to the stars with their minds, telepathically contacting strange beings on other worlds. But even Blaine was unprepared for what happened when he communed with the soul of an utterly alien being light years from Earth. After recovering from his experience, he becomes a dangerous man: not only...more
Published 1993 by Wydawnictwo Amber (first published 1961)
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Jason Mills
Sep 07, 2010 Jason Mills rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SF readers
Although the title suggests a time-travel tale, this is actually a story about persecuted paranormals, standing in a tradition with Stapledon's Odd John (1935) at one end and X-Men, The 4400 and Heroes at the other. Simak's 1961 novel has more in common with the former, in that it shares Stapledon's pessimism about the possibility of reconciliation between exceptional and ordinary people.

Our hero is the slyly-named telepath Shepherd Blaine. He works for Fishhook, a corporation that employs paran...more
Oleksandr Lyashenko
Людина звикла бути сильнішою. У всі часи людина знаходила спосіб бути сильнішою за природу, інших істот.. Але що коли поруч з людьми з'являться "істоти" сильніші за неї, хоч і не бажаючи людині нічого погано, чи зможе сама людина усвідомлюючи це співіснувати з потенційно сильнішою у мирі? А що взагалі робити коли Ти інакший?
Дуже цікава роль корпорації в цій книзі.. Про наростання незадоволення з однієї сторони і бажання все контролювати з іншої.. Надзвичайно цікава історія і не менш відпадние за...more
When space flight proved impossible for humans, they discovered a new way to travel to the stars. By projecting their minds and teleporting their equipment the psychic explorers of Fishhook have been bring back alien ideas, technology and trade goods back from alien worlds and beings for a century. Fishhook headquarters in northern Mexico have become the center of interstellar trade. Shepherd Blaine was one of those explorers until the final seconds of his last voyage right up to the time he enc...more
Matteo Pellegrini

La scienza non è riuscita ad aprire ìa strada per le stelle, e l'uomo ha dovuto immergersi nel profondo di se stesso per trovare un sistema nuovo grazie al quale sondare l'universo. Nasce così l'Amo, una società privata che utilizza i poteri paranormali di individui in grado di viaggiare con la mente su stelle e pianeti che non possono essere raggiunti con il corpo. E nell'infinita vastità del cosmo, l'Amo ha trovato nuove conoscenze, ricchezze inaspettate: ma anche pericoli inattesi. Dei rischi

Dave Etherton
I got this book from my local libary when i devoured the SCI-FI section not long after i found how much i loved reading.
Ulrika Eriksson
Blaine är en parrie d v s har parakinetisk förmåga. Hans hjärna kan färdas obehindrat ute i rymden och i tiden och kan kontakta andra livsformer. Han och andra utvalda parries arbetar för Fishhook, en rik och hänsynslös organisation som har monopol på deras begåvningar. Parries som lever ute i samhället har en låg status och ses på med hat och avund av den normala befolkningen. Hatet stegras och till slut räddar sig Blaine och de flesta andra parries från mobben genom att förflytta sig även krop...more
Shepherd Blaine telepathically travels to other planets, working for a corporation called Fishhook. Fishhook has a monopoly on this means of travel, and thereby a monopoly on all the goods and information brought back to Earth. The general public fears and distrusts Fishhook, but still buys their products, and resents the hell out of the whole thing. Other paranormals, or "parries" not working for (and protected by) Fishhook are hunted and killed like witches in the 16th century. When Blaine enc...more
Nathanael Booth
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This is my very first Science Fiction book. I have read it many years ago I absolutely loved it. I don't know will I like it so much if I read it know - after all the others sci-fi books I have read. But it's the book, which provoked my interest for this genre.

Това е първа фантастична книга, която прочетох в живота си. Беше преди много, много години и бях омагьосана от самата идея въображението на човек да създава едно измислено бъдеще, да поставя човечеството в определена ситуация и да прави пр...more
A mash-up of Simak's two previous works, Time & Again (alien hypostatic union, time manipulation) and Ring Around the Sun (mutants, projecting mentally and bodily to another world, corporate/capitalist corruption, alien science), Time is the Simplest Thing has all of Simak's strengths (broad imagination, new ideas on every page, a wary optimism and skepticism of bare materialism) and all of Simak's weaknesses (rushed plot, contrivances, thin characters, poor resolution). Entertaining and tho...more
Kathy  Petersen
Of the armful of SF I gathered at a recent book sale, this is surely my favorite. So much that I am investigating other Simak novels and putting them on my to-read list.

I'm trying to develop my personal preference principles for SF, because I am quite picky in this department. So far, these principles include:
- believability: I can absolutely suspend my disbelief, but please remain true to the universe you have created.
- S is for Science, but don't overload me with it, because I won't understand...more
I feel weird giving this 5 stars, but it was a very enjoyable book. Some flaws, but an overall good story. Creep thriller with brimming SF tropes (too many, really), and a satisfying ending, with all plot strands tied up well.
Alex Sarll
A proto-X-Men vision (published 1961) of a world where humanity hates and fears its successors and their amazing mental powers - but also an oddly prescient vision of our own world, where space seems lost to us and humanity loses faith in science. Like so many of Simak's books, it has a sense of humanity as a worn out, outmoded, small-town race - but where that's normally a gentle, bittersweet and pastoral thing, here it's the bitter, bigoted sort of small town.
I would give it a 5 star rating, but the ending felt rushed. Nor did it resolve to my satisfaction... it ended on a less than hopeful note for humanity. Which may, in retrospect, have been the point. The writing of Simak is, as always, a product of its time, but the themes and implications were clearly pioneering. I do love reading him because he does have a tendency to strip things down to a very common perspective, making his writing very approachable.
Kevin J Mackey
Another of my "must-read" classic science fiction books. I believe this was the first book by Simak I read - and it (along with its title) has stayed in my memory ever since.

Imaginative and inventive, it pulls together a variety of themes (corporate control/malfeasance, us-versus-them society, personality cult as religion) yet, amid all that, expresses hope for us humans.

Even if you have to have a 'pinkness' hiding in your brain.
This sci-fi has all the right parts for forecasting human nature. It has interesting technical advances, and likely long-term human behaviors and changing philosophies. Somehow, none of the characters caught my interest or concern, except that of the lazy pinkish alien, who, though key, is more a part of plot by not being there than being there. I enjoyed the peek into this future, but I don't foresee reading the book again.
Even though I a convinced that Simak is one of the finest writers in Science Fiction and the premise and writing on this book are above average, there's still a bit too much unresolved xenophobia at the end. Reminded me a lot of "the chrysalids" by John Wyndham.
Deepak Chaudhary
Must have read this book three time. I was 15 when I read it but something about it just made me come back to it again.
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"He was honored by fans with three Hugo awards and by colleagues with one Nebula award and was named the third Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 1977." (Wikipedia)

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