Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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August Books 10) Shakespeare's Planet, by Clifford D. Simak

He stopped dead in horror. Affixed above the door was a human skull, grinning down at them.
Carnivore saw him staring at it. "Shakespeare bids us welcome," he said. "That is Shakespeare's skull."
One of Simak's typically low-key stories, with lots of interesting ideas - the central character has been in cold-sleep for a thousand years, and is the only living human survivor on a ship whose central computer merges three people's personalities; Shakespeare's Planet itself is the end point for a network of poorly understood interstellar transport tunnels, where the only intelligent creature mildly regrets eating the human known as Shakespeare a while back; periodic psychic shock hits everyone left alive every now and then; a woman turns up from Earth to investigate, but the situation s resolved by inhuman and incomprehensible forces. It's a bit like a combination of Red Dwarf with the end of A Handful of Dust. Not especially memorable but quite typical of Simak's style.
Tags: bookblog 2013, writer: clifford d simak
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