Cemetery World Author:Clifford D. Simak One of the best-loved stoytellers in science fiction has created a lovely and terrible world 100 centuries in the future -- Earth, graveyard to a galaxy. Those who can afford it ship the bones of their dead loved ones back to Mother Earth, man's ancient birthplace. Ravaged 10,000 years earlier by war, Earth was reclaimed as a planet of landsca... more »ping and tombstones.
Now Fletcher Carson, an artist, travels to Earth to create a "composition" --a total art from incorporating music, drama, and dance, as well as the plastic arts. He takes with him his powerful, ancient robot friend Elmer; his "compositor," an incomprehensibly gifted but barely sentient (in fact, rather stupid) machin for creating art; and Cynthia Lansing, a treasure seeker whose real goal is vastly more importnt than mere gold and jewels.
This extroardinay troop discovers quickly that they are not welcome they are hunted by unstoppable wolves of steel and by ghostlike beings called Shades. They are joined by an enigmatic shrouded figure whose feet seem never to touch the ground, cernible under his hood, who will identify himself only as "The Census Taker."
Once again Clifford D. Simak has created a far-future pastoral --a novel of high adventure set in a wild and peaceful landscape recalling earlier times and the simpler life--a novel in the great tradition of his classic, City.« less