A Heritage of Stars

A Heritage of Stars

Here and there pockets of knowledge remain, and young Tom Cushing lives in one such university.

His imagination fired by reading of the fabled 'Place of Going to the Stars' in an ancient manuscript, he sets out on a long odyssey to find out if the legend is true.His journey encompasses excitement, danger and some strange and colourful companions who commune with plants, can sense life and include the very last robot.

But nothing he meets along the way compares with what he and his motley group find at Thunderhead Butte, the Place of Going to the Stars, their journey's end.

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Sometime about a thousand years prior, humans began destroying all machines..ALL of them. Simak's view on humans seems to be that we cannot survive well without machines so they aren't very many of us left. Apparently without machines, we are incapable of maintaining or creating structures to live in. One of the central characters is a robot that escaped being destroyed during The Collapse. He didn't speak, act, think or anything else like a machine should. Without machines, it seems the women of our species just fall apart.

This one reminds me of two books: A Canticle for Leibowitz and The Fellowship of the Ring. Like Canticle, it is a tale of what happens when human civilization falls apart. Like the Fellowship, we have a group of mismatched loners who join up and go on a quest, a hunt for a myth.

Se encuentra a caballo entre la fábula y la fantasía, hablándonos de la búsqueda del país de las estrellas (El Otero del Trueno en la narración) por parte de sus variopintos protagonistas principales, cada cual más especial y distinto: un chico huérfano, un caballo, una bruja, un robot, una serpiente y un par de seres sensitivos. La obra la divido en tres principales partes: En su primera parte, se nos expone la historia del artífice de tal travesía previo a la aventura: Tom Cushing, un chico huérfano que ha vivido bajo la protección de un matrimonio en la parte Universitaria del primitivo mundo futuro, en dónde se guardan los escritos que se pudieron conservar y se albergan personas mayores que intentan transmitir su conocimiento de las cosas. Su última parte, la más reveladora pero no la más importante (por lo menos para el autor), es el final de su ruta y la consecución de su viaje, que deriva en una charla con el señor y dueño del Otero del Trueno: A Y R, y su acuerdo con los únicos seres que han logrado traspasar y llegar a dicha fortaleza. Y, así mismo, hay una distopía reciente (y presumo que no es la única) que bebe de las fuentes de ésta obra de Simak: la de Verónica Rossi, con todo ése mundo dividido entre la tecnología y los primitivos, y sus seres que sentidos sumamente desarrollados.

The first book I read, long ago, that fits into this latter genre was John Robert Russell's Sar , which was engrossing to a pre-teen but, if I'm being honest, mostly because of all the sex the main character was having. The second, and far better, book in this genre that I read was Leigh Brackett's The Long Tomorrow . So where does A Heritage of Stars rate in the "long after the end of the world" pantheon of books?

He comes across a vague reference to a starport, decides to look for it, and the book is the story of his journey. As I would expect in Golden Age SF, the characters are rather flat, but they're not the point. The book exists to tell more of a philosophical story, to ask what might come after technology, and whether humanity could claw its way back from a self-imposed primitive state to a new semblance of civilization.

I don't usually like post/apoplectic stories but I ran across a used copy of this book and being a big fan of Clifford D. Simak or of post/apoplectic stories you should read this book.

Yes, he wrote (and won awards) in the 60 and 70s, and his stories therefore didnt anticipate the subsequent computation and communications revolutions. This tale is set fifteen hundred years after the Collapse of human technology, when humans have reverted to a near-Stone Age culture. Most of the conditions he posits makes more sense three to five hundred years after the Collapse. Now little enough to pillage fifteen hundred years after the Collapse?

The tone reminded me of the CS Lewis Space trilogy.

How can you talk about the nature of man without just a bit of what?

But Thomas has the possibly insane idea to go out into the dangerous outside world in search of a legendary "Place of Going to the Stars." He thinks there must be a way to jump-start civilization! Too many people deny the facts--the reality- of science and prefer to cling to their religions and superstitions.