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Ring Around the Sun

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,451 ratings  ·  71 reviews
A classic tale from one of science fiction's most creative forces. Suddenly, strange things begin to happen. World industries collaspe. People--sometimes whole towns--disappear without a trace. And writer Jay Vickers knows he's being watched. Now, to save his own life--and all of humanity--he must solve the secrets of the parallel Earth. "Lovely, rationalized magic".--The ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 1952)
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Love this SO much! I remember reading it, 20-something years before and loving every moment of it!
To get the full impact of this novel, one has to realise this was one of the very first sci-fi books in my life. I started reading it out of sheer curiousity, just to see what it was about, this book I found stuck on the upper shelves of our home library.
And gradually I grew to love it. The idea that at any point in time there are parallel worlds, which are simply on a different schedule on their m
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Oscar
Este libro de Simak nos retrotrae a esos clásicos de la Edad de Oro de la ciencia ficción, ingenuos por una parte pero también muy entretenidos, ese tipo de lecturas que se leen con un gran placer. ‘Un anillo alrededor del Sol’ nos relata una historia sencilla a primera vista, pero en realidad toca temas muy interesantes, como son la Teoría de la Relatividad, la existencia de mundos paralelos, la Guerra Fría, la caída del capitalismo, así como una crítica feroz de la sociedad de consumo.

La novel
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Brian Schwartz
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Simak writes very much like Ray Bradbury. His characters are not superheroes who save universes. They are everymen caught up in extraordinary circumstances. This is why I enjoy the works of Bradbury and Simak more than the modern writers who rely on technology and superheroes to drive their stories.

Much of the 1950s culture can be found in this book. Economic displacement was a hard reality of early 1950s with runaway inflation brought about by the end of World War II and the Korean War. We also
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Andrewcharles420
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf12
Jay Vickers thinks he's a normal guy in a quickly changing world--new 'forever' products (razors! cars!) are coming out that never need to be replaced or maintained. Big Industry is scared and tries to hire Jay to write something negative about the innovations, but he politely declines. Soon Industry has riled up the masses to riot and smash all the forever products--and sometimes their owners. Jay then escapes on a road trip to his childhood home and relearns a forgotten ability that changes hi ...more
Roddy Williams
Jay Vickers, living a rural existence in a small town, is a restless writer. There are new gadgets on the market. Everlasting razor blades and lightbulbs are in the shops and then there is the Forever Car, which is guaranteed never to break down.
His agent arranges an interview with a client who wants the writer to investigate and disparage the companies behind the devices, since no one knows where these cheap products are coming from and they are undermining the Capitalist system of America.
He
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Denzil Pugh
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simak is one of the most important Science Fiction writers of the early 1960's, mostly because he created novels of marvelous ideas, ones with much potential and meat on them, if you understand. But Simak didn't always create great characters and plots to go along with those ideas (like so many other science fiction novels, the ideas are more important than the story). However, Ring Around the Sun is not one of those. It is a marvelous sci-fi novel, centering around the very idea that Currie use ...more
Mark
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jason Maguglin
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
the concept of this story is great. the parallel Earths and mutation of the humans, although that part surprised me at first I came to enjoy it. As I was reading this story I realized this was written decades ago and I used to think there are ways to hear the starts as well... didn't know others thought the same let some well before I was born. The story Revs up from there real quick, a little too quick and suddenly ends, I do wish there was more said before left to the imagination but all in al ...more
Lars Dradrach
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Classic science fiction - not as good as way station (but then again what is)

There are off course sign of age, everybody smokes, the Cold War is ever present, but you need to be able to overlook these things, if you ever are going to read an older story.

But the story flows quickly and effortless and introduces some very interesting concepts
Cristian Keller
Il libro per certi versi tocca tematiche attualissime.
Non è male, se piace la fantascienza è un libro che piace. Ma ormai è il terzo libro di Simak che leggo e alla fine, stringi stringi, i suoi libri mi piacciono ma, non sono come quelli di Asimov. Il mio paragone per la fantascienza è quello.
E penso che con questo libro con Simak per ora basta
Plamena
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ive read 5 Simak books now, The City and Way Station are my favourite, out of his more generic ( to me) books this one is the best i've read so far, there's even suspense here, if you enjoyed Time and Again or Time is the simplest thing go for it
Rich
Aug 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very good stuff if a little dated; but then that's what I like about classic sci-fi, the juxtaposition of 50s and 60s settings with mentions of parallel universes and hi-tech gadgetry.
Antonio Rosato
Romanzo abbastanza scorrevole, anche se alcuni punti appaiono abbastanza prevedibili. Comunque, ricordiamoci che stiamo parlando di un libro di fantascienza (anche se, in realtà, qui di fantascienza ce n'è davvero poca) scritto nei primi anni '50 del XX secolo. La Seconda guerra mondiale era appena finita e si era agli albori della Guerra fredda, ma l'autore di L'anello intorno al sole, Clifford Simak, è stato molto lungimirante visto che ha scritto di nuovi ed importanti prodotti tecnologici (l ...more
Vitek Novy
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Náramně zajímavé sci-fi o kterém bych se asi jinak zřejmě nedozvěděl, ale byla o tom zmínka v Hearts of Atlantis od Stephena Kinga. Až na nějaký ten občasný zastaralý výraz je ta kniha psaná naprosto moderním stylem, takže docela překvapí když zjistíte že byla vydána již v roce 1952! Trochu mi to připomnělo Philipa K. Dicka, ovšem tady je nutno podotknout že Simak je o generaci starší spisovatel, narodil se v roce 1904. Jenom tak pro zajímavost, Simak má české kořeny po svém dědečkovi. Nevím co ...more
Lala Məmmədova
Kinqin "Low men in yellow coats" əsərində qəhrəmanlar bu kitabı müzkirə edərək,onun ideal bir əsər olduğu qənaətinə gəlirlər. Saymakın niyə sosial fantastikanın atalarından biri sayılması artıq mənə də aydındır. Burada hər şey ideal idi, ideya, mövzu (əslində vacib problemlərdən birinə toxunulur) qəhrəmanlar, alluziyalar (burda anlayırsan ki, baxdığın filmlərdə, oxuduğun kitablarda nə qədər müəllifin əsərlərinə göndərimlər var imiş və sən heç birini tutmamısanmış) təsvirlər, sonluq. İndiki yazıç ...more
Pancitron
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Slabší Simak. Postrádal jsem tu hravost jeho jiných příběhů. Tohle sice pár momentů mělo, ale v jádru mi to přišlo spíš jako rutinní příběh.
Antonella Sacco
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un po' perplessa da certi aspetti della psicologia dei personaggi, non sono sicura di cosa penso di questo romanzo.
certo è influenzato dal periodo in cui è stato scritto /1953-54) e di sicuro per trovare un significato alla storia non si può prescindere da quello.
forse mi suona bene definirlo "fantascienza sociale".

incerta fra 3 e 4 stelle al momento ne ho messe 4.

cmq un libro da leggere, anche a chi non è un patito del "genere fantascienza", è cmq un buon romanzo.

Aggiungo il post che ho scrit
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James
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Clifford Simak is rightfully regarded as one of the masters of the golden age of science fiction. Ring Around the Sun is one of his earlier novels, published in 1952, but still reads fresh despite the passage of time.

The protagonist, Jay Vickers, seems like a mild-manner man who is wedded to his routines as a confirmed bachelor and is a well-regarded novelist. But he lives in a time when there are some surprising innovations. A series of products -- light bulbs, razor and automobiles -- are int
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Bosy Antek
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classic-s-f
"Ring around the Sun" by Clifford Simak is by many fans of the genre novel has considered canonical. Noble and almost exemplary embodiment of the principles of the science-fiction convention. However, I regret to have to say that this work has already eaten a worm time or at least well chewed them.

Successful start galloping promises not wonder, too late translated by another slightly jerky movements of the story. We get into the hands of an interesting vision of a world flooded by the "miracle"
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Olga
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, sci-fi
Starting 2018 with a great book. Well, ending 2017 and starting 2018, because it took me a bit longer then I expected while reading this short novel. Though it was priceless!
It was a while since I've read sci-fi, so this was twice as exciting experience.
The story is set in our world on the verge of economical crisis. A strange new products are appearing in the market - "forever" products: razors, that never get dulled; lighters, that never run out of gas; cars, that never break down or require m
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Rafal Jasinski
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
"Pierścień wokół słońca" łączy w sobie prostotę charakterystyczną dla prozy gatunkowej z okresu, w którym powstała i swego rodzaju naiwny optymizm - ślepą wiarę w szybki rozwój technologii i postęp naukowy. Sednem opowieści jest jednak tytułowy "pierścień" - czym jest nie zdradzę - i w tej kwestii liczne koncepcje Simaka - przypominam, jest to nowela z 1953 - były niezwykle nowatorskie i odcisnęły piętno na twórczości wielu pisarzy w późniejszym okresie (przywołam tutaj - oczywiście - Stephena K ...more
Stefano Zorba
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'anello intorno al sole è un romanzo di fantascienza scritto da Clifford Simak nel 1952.

Uno scrittore di provincia, Jay Vickers, viene incaricato da un'associazione governativa di indagare sulla comparsa sul mercato di numerosi prodotti che stanno mandando in rovina l'economia mondiale, come lamette che non perdono mai il filo, lampadine eterne o accendini senza ricarica. Ma è quando viene messa in vendita l'automobile eterna ad un prezzo ridicolo, che il governo si preoccupa seriamente e non s
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Инна Гецова
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Една страхотна книга на Клифърд Саймък – "Паралени светове". Макар и да няма много екшън действия в нея, тя през цялото време ме държеше нащрек и с любопитство какво ще стане по-нататък. Много добре автора е описал заплахата, която виси над нашият свят и чрез паралелен свят показва реално какво трябва да направи човечеството и за какво си заслужава да се живее. Харесва ми, че в неговата книга виждам моите идеи за един по-добър свят! (Дали това ме прави "мутант"? :D) Ако силата на въображението н ...more
Dean
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read this around 20 years ago and it has sat on my bookshelf ever since. I couldn't remember if I loved it or hated it (though assumed I wouldn't have kept it if the latter..), so thought I would give it another go as i'm 'clearing out' my old book shelves - only 5 star books to be kept in future.

Turns out it was a bit bland, so it went on the fire last night after finishing so that it served some final purpose in helping warm the house. Hasn't aged particularly well (I know that feeling), and
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Matteo Pellegrini

Al principio sono negozi modesti, quasi insignificanti, sparsi qua e là per l’America, che vendono oggetti d’uso comune: lampadine, lamette, accendisigari… La gente passa, legge il cartellino che ne vanta la durata eterne e sorride. Ma poi, incuriosita, entra. Perché non provare? E a migliaia, a milioni, lampadine e lamette eterne cominciano a diffondersi, seguite dalle automobili eterne, dalle case prefabbricate eterne, dagli indumenti eterni… Cosa si nasconde dietro questa incredibile operazio

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Anthony Strawther
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Jesus, this was hard to finish.

I don't remember why I wanted to read this. My shoddy memory makes me think it was mentioned in IMDb trivia, the basis for a movie or Twilight Zone episode. I'm really glad I passed up every opportunity to buy it (which wasn't often, either).

The main character is bland. No personality. Basically walks away from the plot right off the bat but is dragged back in and we're forced to follow him. Maybe it's the writing style, Sorry Clifford, but none of the characters w
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Deedee
An entertaining romp through a "Golden Age" 1950s science fiction novel. The descriptions of "normal" then seem alien today -- everyone smokes, the corner drugstore, the Car is King, and the phone system -- needing a human operator to make a long distance call! The upbeat ending in the face of adversity is also typical of the "Golden Age", and is present here. The obsession with (view spoiler) is very 1950s also.

My main complaint with the nove
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Fausto
Mejora la novela a partir de la 2ª parte. Al inicio todo parece estar sin conexión y con elementos muy "raros". Luego todo parece encajar y se hace compresible, pero le falta algo para ser una gran novela. Es muy posible que haya inspirado a las series de TV "Sliders" con sus mundos paralelos y "Heroes" con las habilidades de los mutantes, e incluso la película "Matrix" con el alma de las personas en androides.
Jeff Anderson
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent novel and the first Simak I have read. I plan on reading more based on what I have read here. I have City,/i> on the way and I already possess Shakespeare's Planet,/i>. But this is a wonderful concept with a really good execution. Just a delight to read and the plot thickens almost with every chapter. Great fun and I recommend to anyone looking to discover some great science fiction.
Rex Jameson
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the few enjoyable utopian science fiction stories you will ever find. The Harry Harrison introduction was apt and highly relevant. The pros of this pulp fiction classic are the simple description, abstract concepts, message, and relevance. The only reason this isn't five stars is for the rather wooden dialogue, especially with respect to the female characters--which in Simak's defense is highly common place in pulp fiction. I read the book in one sitting and found it highly entertaining.
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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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