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A Choice of Gods

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This is a hard cover book with a dust jacket. The jacket is in good condition with some wear along the spine edges and corners. The hard covers are excellent. The interior is free of marks or writing. The spine is solid and fully intact. This is a Book Club Edition.
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (NYC)
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Most of the people of Earth have disappeared leaving only a rich, white family, a tribe of Native Americans, and another small group of people who are not really introduced. And, the robots. Of course, the robots who were only ever made to serve humans. The remaining whites, the Whitneys, have developed parapsychic abilities and now travel among the stars without the aid of any machinery. The Natives have returned to the old way of nomadic communion with the Earth. Of the robots, some serve the...more
Doug Armstrong
Apr 25, 2013 Doug Armstrong rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Native Americans
Boring, with absolutely no payoff, and mildly insulting actually. It boils down to basically the dual cliches of technophobia and the old classic trope "Native Americans lived in harmony with the earth until the evil white man ruined everything." I kept reading hoping for something beyond those two themes, but that's all there is. The first one is galling enough as he doesn't present one unique idea as to why technology is a bad thing, it's just the same shit you've heard a billion times before,...more
Erik Graff
Feb 22, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sf & Simak fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I read this book while working as a security guard at the Chicago Womens' Athletic Club on Ontario during the summer between college and seminary. The job consisted of "guarding" what amounted to the servants' entrance, the door through which the staff, almost entirely black and latin, would come through to punch in and punch out. Since the primary task amounted to chatting amiably with them as they stood in line waiting their turns, there was ample time to read--hundreds of pages a day!

Amidst s...more


2.5 stars

After almost all humans suddenly disappeared, the remaining humans develop long lives and psychic powers. All the robots remain, and seek their own new purpose in life. The humans form three groups - the few that work with robots, the Native Americans that disdain robots, and a nomadic group that fears robots.

A Choice of Gods should really have been an essay, and much shorter. As a novel, it wastes space on a skeletal storyline that feels grudging, and mostly jus...more
Ralph McEwen
The Rapture without the Apocalypse. Sometimes being left behind ain't so bad. Somebody call a do over and really ment it.
Robert Palmer
In the year 2145 99 &99/100 percent of the people of Earth vanish,Jason & Martha and their extended family and a few friends are having a party in their large home in Minnesota ,they and a small tribe America Indians are the only humans left on Earth. Of course none of the Robots vanished and most of them just wonder around with nothing to do,some have stayed around to help the family. The Indians will have nothing to with the Robots and have gone back to their old way of life. After abo...more
This review refers only to John Brunner's THE AGE OF MIRACLES.

Another insightful, yet not very well written book from John Brunner. However, his ideas are so freshly brilliant and innovative, that the novel is hard to put down. Earth has been violently and dramatically contacted by a vastly superior alien civilization, yet alien emissaries have not bothered to communicate with mankind. Shortly before the invasion, all weapons grade nuclear bombs and devices have been exploded which reduces most...more
Oh God, so BORING. This is one of those books that I heard about and got excited for. It really sounded like something I'd enjoy. I'm halfway through it and I doubt I can finish it. The premise is actually very interesting: almost the entire population of Earth (8 billion) vanishes without a trace instantly. Only a very few humans remain, along with all the robots. For some reason, everybody suddenly has extraordinary longevity as well, living thousands of years. Who can resist that setup? Well,...more
Jul 22, 2008 Matt rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Matt by: Fans of Simak, particularly those with stout hearts or strong st
Shelves: science-fiction
I really love Simak's writing. He's probably one of the more underrated prose smiths of Science Fiction, if not American literature in general. He can really craft a sentence with the best of them, and he is I think terribly neglected by most modern readers. The real devotee of science fiction should know his works no less than they know those of Heinlein or Asimov. He's really that important and of that high of stature.

His stories aren't always the easiest to read though.

'A Choice of Gods' is S...more
A Choice of Gods is a book where the philosophical message is worth more than the sum of all its plot and prose. Characters aren't explored in detail and the plot movement drags, but I can't help but be left feeling like a more intelligent reader after finishing the story. There are a lot of good ideas in this book, focusing primarily nature, technology, and humanity.

My favorite science fiction stories are ones that invent and explore gray areas in morality and ideology. This is one of those st...more
The "Gods" one chooses from in this sluggish novel are nature and technology. This being Clifford D. Simak, well known for his rural settings, the preference is toward nature. Though the novel has some philosophical depth, it overwhelms the plot and characters. The only character I found interesting was Hezekiah, a robot who worships humanity but fears he's losing his robot qualities. Everyone speaks in stilted speeches. The novel takes place five thousand years in the future. Most humans have m...more
One day nearly all humans disappear from earth as an experiment by God. The few men who were left behind now live for 5000 or more years without sickness, but the earth has been depleted of its resources. However, without a dependence on technology to hold them back, the humans left behind on earth learn teleportation and telekinesis. Strangely, it's the robots left on earth along with an alien visitor who search for communication with God and the way to secure a soul for themselves. Unexpectedl...more
Hákon Gunnarsson
These days I usually don't finish books I can't get into, I just give up and move on. But this one I actually finished even though I can't say I liked it a lot. There was something that kept pulling me on. I felt there was something under the surface, something interesting, something I just couldn't get at. So I read to the end, and didn't really find anything much.

I still think there are a lot of interesting ideas in this book, and maybe it would have made a great short story if these ideas ha...more
Skillful prose, that details a story that is a genre novel that decries some major components of the genre. I don't wish to give away too many of the plot elements, but I still wish to give an opinion. I suppose that's what a skilled reviewer does, but the novel is very skilled in the fact that it not only speaks about the ills of technology, and science. It also shows it's advantages. It manages to be not as nearly as an -anti- novel that I thought it was going to turn out to be.
Steve Goble
I almost gave this just one star, because it opens very slowly and has other flaws. I stuck with it for the compelling themes of religion and purpose, and because it was Simak. In the end, I enjoyed the ideas behind the book, particularly the idea of robots seeking religious truth. The characters are wooden, much of the dialogue reads like a lecture series and the action consists mostly of conversation and introspection -- but I am glad I stuck with it.
Kathy  Petersen
This is deep! Simak is wandering around, via a fairly standard scifi setting, in philosophical/religious questions. What makes a human -- who or what is God -- what is the destiny of the human race -- and all that sort of stuff. The best part, to me, is that A Choice of Gods (fabulous and fitting title, by the way) offers no pat answers, no easy solutions.
Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (1973), Locus Award Nominee for Best SF Novel (1973)
Ray Anselmo
Inside this novel is a really good novella, almost smothered by unnecessary verbiage.
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OK, but poor ending
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