The Visitors



The Visitors It Looked Like A Big Black Box Perhaps Fifty Feet High, Two Hundred Long And It Had Settled Squarely On Forestry Student Jerry Conklin S Car, Parked Next To A Fishing Stream Outside Lone Pine, Minnesota The Townspeople Of Lone Pine Were The First To See It And One Of Them Was The First And Only Human To Shoot At It He Paid For His Rashness With Instant Death.Within Hours The Press, The Government And The Public Knew Something Strange Had Happened In Lone Pine And Were Beginning To Face The Incredible Possibility That Earth Now Harbored SOMETHING From Outer Space A Machine An Intelligent Being There Was No Way To Know.But Jerry Conklin Knew The Visitor Had Scooped Him Up, Held Him Prisoner For Hours, Then Let Him Go And He Had Sensed Its Thoughts And Feelings Jerry Knew The Visitor Was A Living, Intelligent Creature.Then Of The Giant Black Boxes Descended To Earth, Almost All In The United States And They Began Eating And Reproducing The Visitors Seemed Harmless If Left Alone, But Their Powers Of Defense, And Their Very Existence, Threatened World Stability The Public, The Nation S Allies And Its Enemies Demanded Information But There Was None.Then Jerry Followed Up On A Rumor And Made One Discovery The Visitors Were Paying For Their Food And Lodging With Fantastic Gifts And That Payment Could Destroy Earth S Civilization.

10 thoughts on “The Visitors

  1. says:

    The Visitors is like a book out of time It feels for the life of me like a novel written in 1945, yet it was published in 1980 Was this a lost manuscript I searched throughout the book for evidence that Simak was playing a kind of trick, an ironic game, writing an imitation 1940 s alien encounter book, replete with all the types and tropes of the genre, in order to comment on it, but there was none Simak, apparently, was in total earnest This is indeed 1980, seen through the eyes of a man w The Visitors is like a book out of time It feels for the life of me like a novel written in 1945, yet it was published in 1980 Was this a lost manuscript I searched throughout the book for evidence that Simak was playing a kind of trick, an ironic game, writing an imitation 1940 s alien encounter book, replete with all the types and tropes of the genre, in order to comment on it, but there was none Simak, apparently, was in total earnest This is indeed 1980, seen through ...

  2. says:

    I believe I am totally biased and therefore my review may not be worth a whole lot to anyone First, I grew up in Minnesota and felt really comfortable with the setting of the book Second, I read City as a young person, later bought it, and re read it over and over Finally, I kept putting off reading this book It was on the library shelf at my small town library, but the description of it just seemed too dumb I looked past that book for two years before breaking down and checking it out I I believe I am totally biased and therefore my review may not be worth a whole lot to anyone First, I grew up in Minnesota and felt really comfortable with the setting of the book Second, I read City as a young person, lat...

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    I ve only read two books by Clifford Simak, this one and Special Deliverance Either he is a remarkably mediocre author, or I ve simply read the two worst books in his bibliography Whereas Special Deliverance is at times amusing, The Visitors struggles to find any redeeming value at all Which is sad, because on the surface it has all the ingredients of a great story Alien invasion Political intrigue Romance Small town politics International politics Race relations Class warfare Religio I ve only read two books by Clifford Simak, this one and Special Deliverance Either he is a remarkably mediocre author, or I ve simply read the two worst books in his bibliography Whereas Special Deliverance is at times amusing, The Visitors struggles to find any redeeming value at all Which is sad, because on the surface it has all the ingredients of a great story Alien invasion Political intrigue Roma...

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    Having just recently been introduced to the works of this Golden Age of SF author, I am beginning to detect a pattern What often makes an SF book is the creativity of the basic SF type idea that drives the plot In The Visitors and Way Station , the basic ideas are very creative In this case, we have a very different take on the first encounter between humanity and an alien race, both in how the encounter develops and its consequences.Another feature of both books it that the plot moves Having just recently been introduced to the works of this Golden Age of SF author, I am beginning to detect a pattern What often makes an SF book is the creativity of the basic SF type idea that drives the plot In The Visitors and Way Station , the basic ideas are very creative In this case, we have a very different take on the first encounter between humanity and an alien race, both in how the encounter develops and its consequences.Another feature of both books it that the plot moves along rather slowly for most of the book, and finishes with a bang In Way Station , that wasn t a problem since the side themes were all very interesting In The Visitors , not so much Government secrecy as well as the responsibilities of a free press are both certainly as relevant today as they were when the book was written in 1980, but they had already been done to death even back then.Accordingly, I give this book five stars for the main theme, and two stars for its slow pace and side the...

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    Books and movies about alien visitation fall into one of two categories the E.T variety or the Independence Day variety The alien or aliens are ALWAYS either hostile or benign there s never any middle ground.except in The Visitors If you re tired of looking at extraterrestrials as either vicious conquerors or innocent children, then this is the book for you While the aliens in this book are truly alien, their motives, when revealed, are totally understandable The book may be a Books and movies about alien visitation fall into one of two categories the E.T variety or the Independence Day variety The alien or aliens are ALWAYS either hostile or benign there s never any middle ground.except i...

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    Though not of the caliber of Way Station and the fix up collection City it has all the elements of the best of his early works A awesome premise though reminiscent of two A.C Clarke novels 2001 and Childhood Ends a large, strange and mysterious floating monoliths appear over the mid western United States They consume huge amounts of cellulose and produce something that can be utilized as vehicles and after that houses Some of the lead character are involved with the newspaper assign Though not of the caliber of Way Station and the fix up collection City it has all the elements of the best of his early works A awesome premise tho...

  7. says:

    This was the first Clifford D Simak book i had read and found the story quite intriguing i dearly love these old sci fi tales

  8. says:

    This was a thoroughly entertaining old fashioned SF tale of alien invasion So fantastic that I was chuckling all the way through.

  9. says:

    As much as I enjoyed the content of the book, it ends unresolved and therefore unsatisfying.

  10. says:

    Something I almost never say This is a good novel but it needed a sequel it did not get But it is true of The Visitors Stephen Baxter should get on this.

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