SKIRMISH: THE GREAT SHORT FICTION OF CLIFFORD D. SIMAK. New York: Published by Berkley Publishing Corporation Distributed by G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1977]. Octavo, printed wrappers. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first edition. An important collection of Simak's fiction. "Ten stories ranging from 'Huddling Place' (1944) to 'The Ghost of a Model T' (1975). High point is the Hugo-winning novelette 'The Big Front Yard' (1958), about inter-dimensional trading. Charming stuff, and contains only three overlaps with the nearly contemporary British-published volume THE BEST OF CLIFFORD D. SIMAK (1975)." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 330. Simak is acclaimed for his fiction featuring robots, most of which are benign servants of mankind. "Skirmish" is a darker tale that reveals a plot by malevolent aliens from a machine civilization who are bent on liberating the machines of Earth. A fine copy. A scarce proof. (#9128).

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