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Project Pope Hardcover – 1981
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About the Author
Clifford Donald Simak (* August 3, 1904 in Milville, Wisconsin, USA / † April 25, 1988 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) was a journalist and a science fiction writer. Simak was considered as one of the “Grandmasters” of science fiction and he was honoured several times with awards for his contribution to science fiction literature.
Clifford D. Simak wrote continuously science fiction and fantasy for over 55 years (only few other writers worked as long as he did). He never was such a prolific writer like Isak Asimov or Robert Silverberg. Anyhow he managed to publish in these 55 years 28 novels and more than 120 short stories in the genres science fiction and fantasy – and that avocational until his retirement in 1976. He earned his living as a reporter and editor of big newspapers in the American middle west.
There was a time when Simak was considered as one of the most valued SF-writers and there was hardly any standard literature on the history of science fiction which has not dedicate him a separate paragraph or even an own chapter even though he was never in fashion. He stood mostly in the shadow of his more famous colleagues--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Unlike a lot of other science fiction writers, Simak isn't especially concerned with plot or even character--at least not here. Yes, there are both in Project Pope, but the book is more about religion, spirituality, and our need to believe in something bigger than ourselves.
So, while there's some action here, there are also plenty of big, abstract ideas to take in. Admittedly, it's not a perfect novel, and frankly, it drags at times, but if you're looking for a break from the tried-and-true space opera, it's well worth a read.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and discovered a classic author I didn't know much about.
Please add narration to more of his titles!
A common thread through his books are a return to a simpler time, living close to the land. no different at "The End of Everything" where robots migrated a thousand yrs ago, copying the human institution of the Vatican, feeding information into the goal of religious community of 'Vatican-17', an infallible computer Pope.
Humans are an adjunct to the project in the Listeners, who travel telepathically to other worlds gathering information and in the townsfolk, largely unmentioned, but who form the laity of sorts.
The main protagonist is Jason Tennyson, a physician fleeing from trumped charges from another world, who finds a sanctuary and a peace in the community, much of it in taking long walks and communing with the mountains in the distance.
The factions of Vatican-17 are set against each other when a Listener claims to have visited the literal Heaven. Does the Vatican turn inward, cut off the Listeners, and seek 'faith' instead of outward and science?
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Robots are looking for the gods, or God, and have a computer to do the searching.Read more
"So the robots came out here and established their Vatican. They based it upon an Earth religion that had a deep appeal to them-not so much because of its teaching.Read more