City

City is another “novel” created from a series of short stories. To paste them together, Simak added an “Editor’s Preface” as well as “Notes” to each of the eight “Tales.” That was normal behavior for the time; so was Gnome’s getting the count wrong. The copyright page states that “City is based on material…” followed by seven titles. Somehow they missed the 1944 story “Desertion,” the fourth tale.

To compound the agony, someone also managed to typo cover artist Frank Kelly Freas as Frank Kelly Frease. Oh, Gnome.

Contents and original publication:

“City” (Astounding Science Fiction, May 1944)
“Huddling Place” (Astounding Science Fiction, July 1944
“Census” (Astounding Science Fiction, September 1944
“Desertion” (Astounding Science Fiction, November 1944
“Paradise” (Astounding Science Fiction, June 1946)
“Hobbies” (Astounding Science Fiction, November 1946)
“Aesop” (Astounding Science Fiction, December 1947)
“The Simple Way” (Fantastic Adventures, January 1951 as “The Trouble with Ants”)

Basil Davenport reviewed City for The New York Times Book Review in the September 14, 1952 issue.

Each of these stories is satisfying; together they a good deal more depth than most science fiction.

Groff Conklin reviewed it for the October 1952 Galaxy:

This strange and fascinating program for the future of Man … describes a tomorrow that is, for me, completely enthralling.

August Derleth reviewed it for the October 2, 1952 Madison Capital Times in his “Minority Report” column.

[A] truly novel concept, imaginative and most readable, and so well written that CITY ought to take rank among the best works of decade in science-fiction.

Good call. City won the 1953 International Fantasy Award, then the leading award in the field, over C. M. Kornbluth’s Takeoff and Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano.

City, by Clifford D. Simak, 1952, title #20, 224 pages, $2.75. 5000 hardbound copies printed, 1952. Green boards with dark blue lettering. “A New Science Fiction Novel of the future” on dust jacket. Jacket Design by Frank Kelly Frease [typo for Freas]. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Printer: H. Wolff. Back cover: 4 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th Street, New York 3

City jacket front City jacket flaps
City green boards

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