Learn more on my Disclosure page. The journey should be relatively easy — each man is transformed into a native Jovian Loper and then is supposed to go to the first survey stake and return. But apparently it is because no one has ever come back! Now as the rest of the people in the survey dome are talking about the disappearances, and the biologists are insisting that it has nothing to do with the Loper transformations, Fowler decides to take a huge risk to find out exactly what is happening to his men. Allen stood waiting, quietly. We want you to return.
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Simak in , follows the story of an army commander and his dog. The story is set on Jupiter, where a military commander, Harold Fowler, has been losing men in his attempt to colonize the planet. The men have been lost when they are biologically turned into aliens called lopers. For this reason it is necessary to convert people into lopers, the only naturally living creatures on jupiter, in hopes that these people lopers can learn more about the planet. Fowler, unable to bear sending more of his subordinates to possible deaths, volunteers himself to be converted.
Through a futuristic machine Fowler and his dog are turned into Lopers. Poorly equipped for thinking, poorly equipped in certain sense that one has to have to know. Perhaps even lacking in certain senses that are necessary to true knowledge" Slmack Instead of modifying themselves and their human functions through technology Fowler and his dog completely change species. By rejecting human existence for the alien, the characters subvert our preconception that human existence is special and tangibly worth living i n comparison to other creatures.
This goes beyond post-humanism in its subversion of human existence, the characters are not concerned with what it means to be human, but have rather found a more ideal existence outside human experience. When in loper form, Towser and Fowler exhibit equal mental capacity, stripping humanity of the uniqueness of reason.
This story lacks however, any characteristic post modern nihilism, making it hard to categorize. By destroying human notions of our own importance through upbeat story telling "Desertion" takes on a unique anti- and post-humanist outlook, which uses technology not so that we can become more human, but so we can become something totally alien.
Desertion by Clifford D. Simak
Novels by Clifford D. Zach Aug 30th, People seem to misunderstand the point of the experiments. This page was last edited on 15 Octoberat They knew how important this was. Gave me an animorphs vibe, right down to the free telepathy with the transformation. Their view of living on Jupiter was fascinating. Jul 28, Tim Pendry rated it really liked it Shelves: The writing seemed to embrace the idea that the limitations of clfford had been put there intentionally, forcing them to do things the hard way. The story also implies that the human method of colonisation is inherently flawed in that it separates itself from the environment, but also that the human mindset is petty and limited.