Clifford D(onald) Simak Essay - Critical Essays

Simak, Clifford D(onald)

Simak, Clifford D(onald) 1904–

American science fiction writer. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 1-4, rev. ed.)

[Clifford D. Simak's] writings reflect a positive and utterly compassionate sense of the joy of life, of man with nature, and of the infinity of the universe.

While his stories cover the entire scope of the field—from the immediate present to the days of galactic humanity—they seem always to reflect a fine touch for the essential humanness of things, for the small pleasures of daily living, for love and unity with nature…. [His] feel for the galactic and for the strictly human is a combination hard to match.

Donald A. Wolheim, in his The Universe Makers, Harper & Row, 1971, pp. 90-2.