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Desertion (1944) [Short Story]
by Clifford D. Simak Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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In the future, men have learned to adapt to the planets by becoming the native inhabitants. By a process aptly called 'conversion', explorers are transformed instantly into the most appropriate creature, carefully chosen by the biologists who have devised the process.

All the planets in the solar system have been conquered -- save for Jupiter. The conversion process works perfectly, turning men into 'Lopers', the dominant lifeform on Jupiter. But those turned into Lopers are not coming back, and the project coordinator is getting nervous.

Published in Astounding (November 1944). Reprinted in:

  • City (1952)
  • Jupiter (1973)
  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992)
  • The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF

Original title: Desertion
Original languages: English

Quotes:

Genre: FictionScience FictionAlien Beings
FictionScience FictionSpecies EvolutionBioengineering
FictionScience FictionPlanets & SocietiesAdapting To Harsh Conditions

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     City (1952) [Collection]
      Author: Clifford D. Simak
     Jupiter (1973) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Isaac Asimov , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Clifford D. Simak , Lester del Rey , Raymond Z. Gallun , Stanley G. Weinbaum , Milton A. Rothman
     Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, the (1992) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , George R. R. Martin , Brian W. Aldiss , Harry Harrison , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Thomas M. Disch , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , Bruce Sterling , James Blish , Larry Niven , A.E. van Vogt , Clifford D. Simak , Norman Spinrad , Paul J. McAuley , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Lewis Padgett , Jack Williamson , Raccoona Sheldon , Hilbert Schenck , John W. Campbell , Frank L. Pollock , Stanley G. Weinbaum , James H. Schmitz
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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