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Clifford D. Simak
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Czas jest najprostszą rzeczą

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,044 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
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 liked it  ·  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
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
Lisa Feld
Dec 31, 2014 Lisa Feld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bard
Like most people, I always get nervous rereading books that meant a lot to me in childhood and adolescence, wondering if they're going to hold up. Time Is the Simplest Thing is one of those odd cases where some things have held up beautifully, some flaws are now glaring, and some beauty I was too young to recognize is finally apparent.

In a way, this is Simak's science fiction take on Huckleberry Finn: two fugitives making their way across America and seeing slices of the country to get a sense o
Rafal Jasinski
Apr 04, 2016 Rafal Jasinski rated it did not like it
Kolejna - po "Pierścieniu wokół Słońca" - lektura prozy Simaka utwierdziła mnie w przekonaniu, że fanem jego twórczości nie zostanę. Uwielbiam klasyczną science-fiction z okresu, w którym tworzył pisarz, ale stawiam jej rozrywkowe, bardziej przygodowe wydanie, ponad zaangażowaną społecznie i roztrząsającą problemy natury filozoficzno-polityczno-socjologiczną fantastykę, jaką prezentuje w swojej twórczości Clifford D. Simak.

Fabuła stanowi tu jedynie pretekst a jej powolny progres występuje w prz
Christian Schwoerke
This novel reiterates Simak's tropes of a great alien intelligence merging with a human's, in the process creating an reluctant messianic agent of change who is resisted by mankind in general and by powerful agencies that seek to nullify him. There are also the common themes of universal vital harmony, and pastoral life without conflict, strife, or ambition. And there’s a common cause: inclusiveness, making all members of society equal, whether giving to androids, or, in this novel, telepaths fu ...more
May 19, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 04, 2015 prcardi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storyline: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Writing Style: 3/5
World: 4/5

What happens when science fails to live up to society's expectations? How will the masses react when a sixth sense is verified? Simak's world shows us the answers to these stimulating questions. Through a fairly simple plot - basically an extended chase scene - the book showcases excellent science fiction writing.

Simak, here, is weak with the micro-level: the characters are shallow, the individual action scenes are not particularly dramat
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza

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

Harry Robinson
This tells the story of a world where mankind is physically unable to travel to the stars, so resorts to psychic abilities - teleportation - to explore outside the solar system. The world divides into two classes of people: those with and those without paranormal abilities. The schism between these two classes turns into fear and hatred. Meanwhile the lead character, a former galactic explorer who had worked for the government organization called Fishook, meets a psychic alien on one of his expl ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a sentimental favorite for me. When I left college for a bit, I took with me one box of clothes and one of books -- almost all of them science fiction. Even then, this novel was a bit corny and overdone in places. But I carried it around until the box disappeared. Took me years to find a used copy when it was out-of-print. Very pleased to have it available on Kindle.

And why do I love it then? Because it's a novel of ideas, of possibilities, of fighting to expand your mind beyond what it
Dave Etherton
Sep 07, 2010 Dave Etherton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Another great story from Simak. This one really flows well from start to finish. Never a scene too complicated for a few words to describe. The story basically seemed like a galactic civil rights movement, but Simak creates such a rich history to his dystopian society that you fall right into the shoes of Shep Blain. The whole telepathy and shared consciousness story line is very excellent, but the story eventually wanes into a simple chase sequence before wrapping up. I wish Simak could have ke ...more
Apr 04, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nov 02, 2012 Esk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kurt Hansen
I've read this book several times to wring the most meaning out of it. The story makes an attempt to communicate the impact of alien worlds on our society, and on the individuals who are the "astronauts" of the day. The story moves forward in stages, each of which introduces another twist in the impacts which travel of this sort makes, and in so doing reveals societal complexities which were not previously obvious. It was well worth reading multiple times.
Nov 23, 2015 Bernard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic pulpy sci-fi yarn packed full of incredible ideas that really blasted my mind. Writing is clunky and the characters are wooden as hell, but it's carried by such free flowing imagination that none of that matters. If anything there are too many concepts at play here to ever develop any one of them fully, but I think that's what makes it such a fun read. I'd never even heard of this writer before. I'll look for more of his stuff now.
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
Jan 07, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 1963 when I was in fifth grade. It was the best book I had read at that time. I remember I told my entire fifth grade class to read the book. My sister that was in the ninth grade at the time also read the book and also thought it was a very good book.
Timothy Boyd
I have read and enjoyed several of Simak's sifi and fantasy novels in the past. This one for some reason didn't read well to me. It tried to be a SiFi/Spy/Thriller novel with social commentary on prejudice, didn't do any of these things well. not recommended
Feb 04, 2016 Tommy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 04, 2014 fromcouchtomoon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 25, 2015 Dmk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
WHAT? I dunno... wierd but funny book, with many of classic Simak's thoughs.
May 07, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1977 grade B
2006 grade B-

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Aug 29, 2014 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I read this novel many years ago.
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.
Jun 10, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2011 Kevin J Mackey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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