If you are looking for a horror story, don't buy this book. If, on the other hand, you already know or are interested in works by the same author, you will not be disappointed. Clifford D. Simak has been described as the pastoral author of science fiction. This book is not among his best, but contains many of the typical elements of his style: wonder at - but not fear of - the unknown and the infinite possibilities of life, confidence that the essential nature of men (and non-human intelligences) is good, and an instinctive faith that there will be always a common ground for alien minds and us to communicate and understand each other. The book contains several interesting ideas, some of which have been developed further in other works by the same author. Aside from the present edition, it may be difficult to find this book, except for occasional copies in second-hand shops.
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