Saturday, September 20, 2008

Our Children's Children by Clifford D. Simak

First sentence:

"Bentley Price, photographer for the Global News Service, had put a steak on the broiler and settled down in a lawn chair, with a can of beer in hand, to watch it, when the door opened underneath an ancient white oak tree and people started walking out of it."


"They were our children's children, and they came one day from nowhere -- walking through holes in the air into our world. By means of one-way time tunnels, they fled the ravening beasts with teeth, claws and tentacles, that reproduced like bacteria and were intelligent.

They fled to escape the uncontrollable horror of their own far future, and we, their distant ancestors, housed and ed and comforted them, content in their assurance that the tunnel was securely guarded from the beasts, whatever or whoever they were.

But then somebody up there slipped and the beasts were abroad..." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a good science fiction book with lots of untapped potential. I liked the interactions between the people from the future and the ones in the present. At the end, however, I found myself wondering what happens next and being a little disappointed that there were so many unanswered questions.

Date read: 9/2/2008
Book #: 62
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: SF

ISBN-10: 0879978805
ISBN-13: 978087997880?
Publisher: Daw Books
Year: 1974
# of Pages: 189
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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