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Vilkolakio principas My favourite thing about this book was probably the cover However, i did also enjoy the talking houses and the brownies, who were super cute It had a lot going for it, some good ideas, but lacked style, and the love story was defo forced, c mon the guy s part wolf or whatever and not one item of clothing gets ripped off, shame I d still read others by Simak, but i m an idiot so that s not a glowing recommendation. One of theuniversally appealing Simak, perhaps Many of the ideas could have been conceived by other writers But only Simak s House would have offered not wallpaper that s a collage of thousands of eyes, when requested to change it from a woodland scene featuring a bunny, and only Simak s Kitchen would have pouted because the resident asked for ham n eggs instead of lobster thermidor And only in a Simak novel would our hero go trout fishing and wind up feeding most of his picnic to a One of theuniversally appealing Simak, perhaps Many of the ideas could have been conceived by other writers But only Simak s House would have offered not wallpaper that s a collage of thousands of eyes, when requested to change it from a woodland scene featuring a bunny, and only Simak s Kitchen would have pouted because the resident asked for ham n eggs instead of lobster thermidor And only in a Simak novel would our hero go trout fishing and wind up feeding most of his picnic to a not Brownie And even the politics were interesting, how the two Senators from the US had to come to agreement or one would be forced to resign Lots of ideas here slowed me down from total immersion, but I reveled in them rather than resented them If you re anything of a Simak fan, don t miss this If you happen to be in the mood for some older SF that s a little different, do consider it Endri Bleik , Surast U Aldyt Kapsul Je Tolimoje Planetoje, Parve A Em Jam Per Met , Masto Ir Elgiasi Jis Kaip Mogus Ta Iau Netrukus Suvokia, Kad Jo Smegenyse Gyvena Dvi B Tyb S Keistas Biologinis Kompiuteris Ir Vilk Primenantis Padaras Pastarajam U Vald Ius K N , Bleikas Pab Ga I Ligonin S, Kad Pagaliau Atskleist Savo Praeities Paslaptis Simak has written some of the best science fiction out there Way Station and City were both fantastic The Werewolf Principle was not It takes place in the future Scientists had created a humanoid being with the ability to morph into something else so we could send it out into space and if it found a planet with life, it could morph to match it Which is what happened but it ended up coming back to Earth as three beings all living within the same body Werewolfget the comparison Anyhow, a Simak has written some of the best science fiction out there Way Station and City were both fantastic The Werewolf Principle was not It takes place in the future Scientists had created a humanoid being with the ability to morph into something else so we could send it out into space and if it found a planet with life, it could morph to match it Which is what happened but it ended up coming back to Earth as three beings all living within the same body Werewolfget the comparison Anyhow, a huge amount of the story was introspection and it was duller than watching paint dry I made it half way before I decided it wasn t worth the effort Was it just to surprise myself when I chose to re read The Werewolf Principle by Clifford D Simak I have pleasant memories of reading a couple of Simaks at the same time in the 70s and picked this one at random for a revisit.Though published in the 1960s, it readslike a 1950s novel when it comes to multiple predictions about the futureyes, the ever popular flying cars and space travel, though people still have to walk across the room to answer a phone with optional visualsand the the Was it just to surprise myself when I chose to re read The Werewolf Principle by Clifford D Simak I have pleasant memories of reading a couple of Simaks at the same time in the 70s and picked this one at random for a revisit.Though published in the 1960s, it readslike a 1950s novel when it comes to multiple predictions about the futureyes, the ever popular flying cars and space travel, though people still have to walk across the room to answer a phone with optional visualsand the then popular small cast of characters, but that s just at first glance As with many of Simak s stories, there isto it.In essence Simak is a down to earthsorry, couldn t resist that with a SF writerman from rural Wisconsin born 110 years ago who began publishing in the 30s He was a humanist through and through, and a religious man though the latter has never caused an atheist like myself any problems.I hate and will always avoid spoilers, so suffice to say, the unfortunately since misleadingly titled Werewolf Principle is about an astronaut returning to Earth and about harmony between multiple species.I recommend Simak in general, and count this one among his better books though it is dated, it has a certain charm Back in my university days, I took a Science Fiction novel course One of the books we read was City, a story of the future where all that remains on Earth are dogs and robots A beautiful, engaging, touching story For some reason, I ve never read another Simak book, until this past week The Werewolf Principle, written in 1968, was a lovely surprise In the future, mankind sent ships into space to search the universe for habitable planets Along with the ships were two unique humans maybe tel Back in my university days, I took a Science Fiction novel course One of the books we read was City, a story of the future where all that remains on Earth are dogs and robots A beautiful, engaging, touching story For some reason, I ve never read another Simak book, until this past week The Werewolf Principle, written in 1968, was a lovely surprise In the future, mankind sent ships into space to search the universe for habitable planets Along with the ships were two unique humans maybe telling you their uniqueness might take some of the joy of discovering it for yourselves, so I won t elaborate Suffice it to say, that one of them returns to Earth, discovered in hibernation in a capsule Andrew Blake arrives, suffering from amnesia Slowly he discovers himself and how he has changed over this 200 year journey He is nowthan Andrew Blake Discovering how he has changed is part of the joy of this book such an imaginative concept I found myself saying Wow many times The book is thoughtfully crafted, intelligently written and the story and characters are all interesting and engaging It s so nice exploring Science Fiction again, the imagination and the stories I do like how Simak views the future, some concepts like the living homes are fascinating, and, yet, people still use coins and public phone boxes I also liked the Brownies, the beings from another world who have settled on Earth and keep an eye on things Everything about this story was fascinating I had originally given it 4 stars, but as I write about it and think about it, it deservesthan that It intrigued me, brought out emotions, both happy and sad, and just totally grabbed me, from beginning to end It won t take me 40 years to read another Simak story This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In the middle distant future, Andrew Blake, discovered on a distant planet huddled inside a capsule, is brought back to Earth suffering from total amnesia.Over 200 years old, he thinks and acts like a man but becomes frighteningly aware of two alien beings that lurk within his body a strange biological computer and a wolf like animal With the latter in control he breaks out of hospital to look for his past Blurb from the 1977 Pan paperback editionSeveral hundred years hence, Man has colonis In the middle distant future, Andrew Blake, discovered on a distant planet huddled inside a capsule, is brought back to Earth suffering from total amnesia.Over 200 years old, he thinks and acts like a man but becomes frighteningly aware of two alien beings that lurk within his body a strange biological computer and a wolf like animal With the latter in control he breaks out of hospital to look for his past Blurb from the 1977 Pan paperback editionSeveral hundred years hence, Man has colonised the nearer stars A political debate is in progress in which Senator Chandler Horton is proposing to abandon long term and expensive plans for terraforming in favour of adapting humans to fit the planets His rival, Senator Solomon Stone is taking the exact opposite view, suggesting that standard humans would regard such adapted people as abhorrent monsters.Into this world Andrew Blake awakens, a man with no knowledge of his past, and whose worldview seems to be two hundred years behind everyone else s.In this somewhat surreal future, men wear kilts and robes, houses fly about to settle in whatever plot takes their resident s fancy and quite annoyingly, one imagines the various rooms have different personalities and argue with each other over what is best for their occupants.Blake soon becomes aware of blackouts, after which he finds himself naked in the countryside He subsequently meets a Brownie a small rodent like alien whose species has taken up residence in Earth s countryside who asks him how many of him there are.The question only makes sense to Blake when he is exposed to the realisation that not only does he share his mind with two aliens, but that he is also a shapeshifter and can transform into their alien bodies.These three distinct personalities are called Changer Blake himself , Quester a large wolf like creature and Thinker an amorphic sexless entity which seems nothan an emotionless biological computer.Unable to control the triggering of his shapeshifting, Blake goes on the run after his Quester form is seen and travels through an unfamiliar America two hundred years ahead of the background knowledge he has in his mind.It s interesting that Simak has chosen these archetypal personalities which seem to relate to classic views of the consciousness divided into Id, Ego and Superego, the wolf element being the subconscious, Blake being the conscious and Thinker being the level at which rational logic and calculation process facts Quester also has the ability to sense life on other worlds but lacks the intellect to analyse what he finds.This is late Simak and for the time it was written, seems somewhat dated, having a flavour and stylesuited to the Fifties It is not short of ideas, however Simak engages in the debate over terraforming versus humanforming and we are introduced to the Mind Bank, a repository of worthy human minds, which have been uploaded into a storage device and exist as both individuals and a gestalt consciousness.Indeed, the central theme is one of identity and in the Dickian sense what it means to be human.Blake ultimately discovers himself to be just a copy of a human mind, long dead Quester and Thinker also deduce that their original bodies were destroyed since Blake is an android de4signed to scan and mimic alien species for Research purposes, one of only two constructed and sent out to alien worlds two hundred years ago.Later, he finds that another copy of his consciousness exists in the Mind Bank There is a strange anachronistic scene near the end where his disembodied self rings Blake up on the telephone The denouement is satisfying although one suspects that Simak is trying to explore an idea which should have been introduced earlier.The three personalities begin the process of assimilation in order that Blake can exist as one consciousness Blake returns to space to search for something that Thinker discovered from Quester s sensing of space while they were tellingly in a country church a thing Blake describes as a universal mind.One cannot see that Simak is using this final chapter as some kind of Christian metaphor, although it could be read as such Blake collapses into his Thinker form behind a natural force field in a church, and remains as good as dead until Elaine Horton the senator s daughter comes to speak to him, generating a resurrection.After a few days he ascends in a ship in search of God.Despite its flaws it remains a book full of colour, atmosphere and wonder 40 years old andcurrent than ever Upon turning the final page of this powerful novel, 21st century readers of The Werewolf Principle will likely set the book down slack jawed with amazement at Simak s thoughtful, prescient exploration of genetic engineering, a scientific field of endeavour that, unheard of a scant 40 years ago, now reaches front page headlines on a regular basis.Space travel as technology is now several hundred years old But, currently debate is raging in the Senate over 40 years old andcurrent than ever Upon turning the final page of this powerful novel, 21st century readers of The Werewolf Principle will likely set the book down slack jawed with amazement at Simak s thoughtful, prescient exploration of genetic engineering, a scientific field of endeavour that, unheard of a scant 40 years ago, now reaches front page headlines on a regular basis.Space travel as technology is now several hundred years old But, currently debate is raging in the Senate over a proposal for a program of bio engineering as a basis for the colonization of other solar systems Is it better to force the planet to fit the man through terra forming or to bio engineer the man and mold his abilities to withstand hostile alien environments There are those that feel the results of such a modification would somehow be less than human or may even be perceived as a monster.But neither side to this debate is aware of Andrew Blake Two hundred years earlier, this problem had already been faced and resolved at that time by producing a synthetic human an android with the imprint of a fully human mind that would be capable of absorbing the form and mind of any alien culture it might encounter The mission that carried Blake to the stars had been lost and the Space Administration reached the decision to formally bury any reference to the project as a regrettable failure Luck and happenstance have now returned Blake to earth into the middle of the current debate and the world is shocked to learn of the flaw in their 200 year old experiment the data from the absorption of an alien mind could not be erased Blake is now an amalgam of three wildly different alien personalities able to interact and communicate with each other but within a single body.Under the circumstances, Blake, of course, becomes the lightning rod poster child for BOTH sides of the debate Even Blake himself is puzzled and questions both his humanity and his place on earth.The Werewolf Principle is a trademark Simak blend of soft and hard sci fi, crafted in his low key softly stated pastoral Midwest style that cannot fail to amaze any thinking reader The ending of the novel not only contains a blind side twist worthy of the finest thriller but is also warmly romantic and intelligently optimistic without being trite or gushy With standards like this to live up to, it is a miracle that contemporary writers of science fiction can actually make a living Paul Weiss This was actually a muchenjoyable book on this re read than it was on the first reading A lot of that is a mood thing, I know, but The Werewolf Principle is an odd sort of book in a lot of ways.This classic sci fi novel has an elegant old school writing style that is philosophical and in a way insular it is very much a first person point of view and that person is a synthetic man The goals of the book seemphilosophical and exploratory than thrilling, so the title ends up feeling a This was actually a muchenjoyable book on this re read than it was on the first reading A lot of that is a mood thing, I know, but The Werewolf Principle is an odd sort of book in a lot of ways.This classic sci fi novel has an elegant old school writing style that is philosophical and in a way insular it is very much a first person point of view and that person is a synthetic man The goals of the book seemphilosophical and exploratory than thrilling, so the title ends up feeling a bit misleading if you do not start out knowing what it is about The narrative meanders through self analysis, self doubt and the boundaries of humanity, what we are, what we could be There is no screaming and rending under the full moon.Our main character, Andrew Blake, was discovered in cryogenic sleep in outer space, no one is sure who he was or how he got there, lest of all himself Slowly Blake s fascinating story emerges along with the information that he is not all alone in his mind.While the story is inclined to waffle on a bit, at times, and the philosophy of Thinker can be a bit dated, on the whole it is a very satisfying story with a surprisingly decent ending view spoiler The werewolf principle of the title relates to a bioengineering term in the book which allows open end changing of androids synthetic men to allow to incorporate characteristics of alien races they come into contact with to better understand them One of the aliens that gets incorporated resembles the human myths of wolves extinct in this future scenario and people react accordingly.If you are wondering whether this is a modern Gothic modern horror type werewolf story, it is not aside perhaps from the questioning of identity and instinct that often comes inmainstream werewolf stories hide spoiler I am beginning to like Clifford D SimakandHis Way Station was magnificent, and The Werewolf Principle, while not so good, has moments of sheer brilliance plus a brilliant ending.Two hundred years before, man created an android for space exploration It was not according to plan, but this android became three creatures in one the human, called Changer, who contained a mind transfer of a brilliant earth scientist a kind of wolf with arms, called Quester and a somewhat amorphous I am beginning to like Clifford D SimakandHis Way Station was magnificent, and The Werewolf Principle, while not so good, has moments of sheer brilliance plus a brilliant ending.Two hundred years before, man created an android for space exploration It was not according to plan, but this android became three creatures in one the human, called Changer, who contained a mind transfer of a brilliant earth scientist a kind of wolf with arms, called Quester and a somewhat amorphous almost purely intellectual creature, called Thinker When the android comes back to earth, he is hunted down.I won t say here what happens, but it is a great ending, perhaps Simak s best Earth wanted to get rid of him, perhaps afraid of him, perhaps merely disgusted by him, a loathsome product of its own ambitions and imagination that must be quickly swept underneath the rug For there was no place for him on the Earth or in humanity, and yet he was a human product and had been made possible by the nimble brains and the weasel understanding of Earth s scientists.Of particular interest are a group of extraterrestrials that live on earth, but not among humans They look like fairy tale weasels with pockets and are called Brownies The story takes a while to really get started, but when it does, the book quickly goes from a three star to a four star read

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