Cemetery World Author:Clifford D. Simak Black hardbound book, copyrighted 1972. — Dust jacket reads: — One of the best-loved storytellers 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 ... more »earlier by war, Earth was reclaimed as a planet of landscaping and tombstones.
Now Fletcher Carson, an artist, travels to Earth to create a "composition"-a total art form 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) machine for creating art; and Cynthia Lansing, a treasure seeker whose real goal is vastly more important than mere gold and jewels.
This extraordinary 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 shrounded figure whose feet seem never to touch the ground, whose face seems never quite discernible under his hood, who will identify himiself 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.
CLIFFORD D. SIMAK is one of the most honored authors in science fiction, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in its Year for WAY STATION and the prestigious International Fantasy Award for CITY--which has, of course, achieved recognition as a seminal SF work. A newspaperman, Mr. Simak has lived in Minneapolis for many years.