Clifford Donald Simak
(1904 - 1988)
|"...we thought all the time that we were
passing through time when we really weren't, when we never have. We've
just been moving along with time. We said, there's another second gone,
there's another minute and another hour and another day, when, as a matter
of fact the second or the minute or the hour was never gone. It was the
same one all the time. It had just moved along and we had moved with it."
(Clifford D. Simak: "City" - Aesop (orig. Astounding, December 1947)
"Time is a mental concept," said Pringle."They looked for time everywhere else before they located it in the human mind..."
(Clifford D. Simak: "Time and Again" 1950, 1951)
|"(after the study of Hamal mathematics, Mona
Campbell said:) "Time is one of the factors of the universal matrix...
Space is another factor and matter/energy is the third. They're all bound
together, woven together. They can't be separated. They can't be destroyed.
We can't manipulate them...
... Life is a factor, too. Perhaps I should say life/death, in the same sense that we say matter/energy, although I imagine the analogy is not exactly right."
(Daniel Frost said:) "Life/death?"
"Yes, like matter/energy. You might call it, if you wished, the law of the conservation of life....
... life is not destroyed, it is not quenched or blown out like a candle flame. Death is translation of this property that we call life into another form. Just as matter is translated into energy or energy into matter.""
"(Mona Campbell said:) "... life goes on, ... it can't be destroyed, no more than energy... it's as everlasting as time and space itself. Because it is one with time and space in the fabric of the universe.... there is no end to life...""
"The Holies were right, he (Daniel Frost)
thought - as mankind itself had been right for many centuries in the faith
it held. Although, he knew, the Holies would reject out of hand the evidence
of life's foreverness because it held no promise of everlasting glory,
nor the sound of silver trumpets.
(Clifford Simak: Why Call Them Back From Heaven?)