Special Deliverance by Clifford D. SimakSpecial Deliverance by Clifford D. Simak

Special Deliverance

byClifford D. Simak

Paperback | September 4, 2018

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From a Nebula and Hugo award winner, “one the best-loved authors in SF”: A tale of humans and one robot navigating an alien puzzle-world (Publishers Weekly).

Following a conversation with a talking slot machine, Professor Edward Lansing finds himself mysteriously transported to a tavern on a long and empty road. It is immediately obvious to the educator that he is no longer on campus—or even Earth—and that he is not alone. Lansing’s new companions—a female engineer, a military officer, a humorless priest, a poetess, and a robot named Jurgens—all hail from separate alternate realities and share Lansing’s confusion. What is clear, however, is that they must continue down the road together, encountering a series of bizarre sights, dangerous obstacles, and perplexing puzzles along the way: an abandoned, decaying city; a set of doorways; a large blue cube; a tower that sings. Soon it is apparent they are all being tested for some eerie, inexplicable reason, and the choices each must make will determine his or her future. For those who fail, the alien trail will never be seen again.
 
A provocative science fiction allegory, Special Deliverance is Hugo and Nebula Award–winner Clifford D. Simak’s Pilgrim’s Progress—a tale of great trials and hidden agendas that expose the foibles of humanity and a fantastic exploration of the human condition. A science fiction classic brimming with intelligence, invention, and wonder, it is yet another extraordinary creation from one of the genre’s most revered grandmasters.
During his fifty-five-year career, Clifford D. Simak produced some of the most iconic science fiction stories ever written. Born in 1904 on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin, Simak got a job at a small-town newspaper in 1929 and eventually became news editor of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, writing fiction in his spare time. Simak was b...
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Title:Special DeliveranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:September 4, 2018Publisher:Open Road MediaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1504051092

ISBN - 13:9781504051095

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“Simak’s prose is better than ever, clean and supple and occasionally brilliant; and his alien conundrums are appealing and persuasive. A captivating, near-vintage performance overall.” —Kirkus Reviews  Praise for Clifford D. Simak “One of the best-loved authors in SF.” —Publishers Weekly   “To read science fiction is to read Simak. The reader who does not like Simak stories does not like science fiction at all.” —Robert A. Heinlein