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All Flesh is Grass by Clifford D. Simak
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Feb 18, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: clifford-d-simak, sci-fi-and-dystopian
Read in January, 2001

Tidbit of information on the title: "All flesh is grass" is a phrase from the Old Testament in Isaiah 40:6. The interpretation is that human life is transitory.

Mr. Simak comes up with some of the most interesting and unique stories. To top it off, his writing style is warm and inviting. In this book, extraterrestrials attempt to impose social harmony on a small rural town which they have enclosed in an invisible bubble.

Read this excerpt:

I wasn`t driving fast and there was a lot of room for the truck to pass
me, and there was not a thing to hit and then I did hit something.

It was like running into a strong elastic band. There was no thump or
crash. The car began slowing down as if I had put on the brakes. There was
nothing I could see and for a moment I thought that something must have
happened to the car - that the motor had gone haywire or the brakes had
locked, or something of the sort. I took my foot off the accelerator and the car came to a halt, then started to slide back, faster and faster, for all the world as if I`d run into that rubber band and now it was snapping back. I flipped the drive to neutral because I could smell the rubber as the tires screeched on the road, and as soon as I flipped it over, the car snapped back so fast that I was thrown against the wheel.
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Apatt Totally agree, Simak is underrated.

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