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They walked like men af Clifford D Simak
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They walked like men (udgave 1967)

af Clifford D Simak (Forfatter)

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A Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Author The aliens wouldn't kill ... They'd take over earth and let man survive -- if he could. A few people tried to tell that Earth was being taken over by alien beings in the shape of bowling balls, talking dogs, dolls that walked like men. The trouble was, no one believed them.… (mere)
Medlem:jhwhit
Titel:They walked like men
Forfattere:Clifford D Simak (Forfatter)
Info:Macfadden (1967), Edition: Reprint, 234 pages
Samlinger:SF Collection
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When I was a member of the Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club as a teenager, Clifford D. Simak (1904-1988) ranked among my favorite authors. His sci-fi stories displayed wit and imagination, yet his fanciful plots were generally anchored in the real world, making them easier to grasp and identify with than the works of certain other writers in that genre.

It has been decades since I've read any of Simak's books, but recently I picked up "They Walked Like Men" (1962) and was reminded of why I liked his stories so much as a kid.

The novel might also have been called "They Rolled Like Bowling Balls," for the aliens who have invaded Earth seem to be able to take whatever form suits their purpose. They can turn into men (or money) when they want to buy real estate or into something the size and shape of bowling balls when they want to make a quick getaway. Buying real estate is how these creatures aim to conquer Earth, one plot of ground at a time. They want it all to be perfectly legal (even if they are using phony money) and totally undetectable by mankind until it is too late.

Small-town newspaperman Parker Graves discovers the plot, but getting anyone to believe his story is another matter. Who's going to believe aliens from outer space are trying to buy their house? Many journalists have, in the real world, been enticed into public relations. Simak tells what happens when the aliens who walk like men and roll like bowling balls make Parker an enticing offer to become their public relations man.

This tale manages to be both exciting and humorous at the same time. It also contains better prose than some might usually associate with science fiction. Here are some descriptive lines Simak wrote that I particularly like:

"The rustling of the drying leaves, heard in the silence of the night, sounded like the furtive pattering of many little feet."

"... where empty bookshelves gaped back at me like an old man with a toothless grin."

"Then the brake lights burned red holes in the night ..."

I don't think I was wrong to have admired Clifford D. Simak so much as a teen. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Sep 19, 2014 |
J'ai tendance à apprécier Simak, et ce roman ne fut pas exception à la règle. La forme que prend l'invasion dans ce volume, si elle n'est pas nécessairement illogique, est certainement novatrice (quoique le style "imitateurs" n'est pas sans rappeler [L'Invasion des profanateurs]). La conclusion nous arrive assez brusquement, mais est amusante, quoique passablement perturbante par ses implications: personnellement, je trouve l'idée d'une empilade d'extraterrestres de cette taille aussi terrifiante que l'invasion par achat en elle-même. ( )
  circeus | Apr 26, 2013 |
Romanzo un po' meno riuscito di altri, Simak tramite una storia fantasiosa si interroga sulla fragilità economica della nostra società, minacciata da misteriosi alieni mutaforma che riescono a sconvolgere le regole di produzione industriale facendo collassare l'economia mondiale. I loro fini sono misteriosi e l'unico ad avere da subito alcuni sospetti è un giornalista che per ciò si troverà a lottare con gli emissari degli alieni che cercano di ridurlo al silenzio. ( )
  senio | Mar 21, 2013 |
A highly entertaining novel with a very unique alien invasion. (A gentle satire on slavish devotion to capitalism.) The story moved quickly. As usual, Simak does an excellent job of portraying his desperate, doubting protagonist. The usual Simak touches are there: the lovely rural settings, the gentle animal characters, and the strange aliens. As usual, science and technology are not crucial to the story. Simak barely gives an explanation for his bowling ball aliens’ mode of transportation. Here, his aliens are harder edged than usual. They actually kill people here. ( )
  RandyStafford | May 29, 2012 |
Excellent book. Extremely funny (not sure if that was his intention or not, but it was). I love the way Simak took ordinary things, like bowling balls and dolls and dogs, and turned them into things not so ordinary. The book flows completely from beginning to end (although the end is rather abrupt). Parker and Joy almost made alien hunting seem fun!

http://iamagirldork.livejournal.com/17351.html ( )
  iamagirldork | Jun 14, 2007 |
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