This is curious - it doesn’t ring any bells with me. Do you remember anything else at all of the story?Years ago I leafed through a collection of Simak's stories in the library, and one of them began by describing a chair picking itself apart. I've not been able to discover what story it was.
Ah well...I believe I did a few years ago...
Kind of a wild guess, as it doesn't really fit, I don't think, but it seems possible you might be thinking of "Skirmish," which does have "objects" doing strange things. Otherwise, based on others' reaction, maybe it's not a Simak story. Avram Davidson's "Or All the Seas with Oysters" also has weird objects, for instance, although, again, I don't recall a chair specifically. The line also sounds a little PKDish, though I don't remember him writing in 1st person much.Not really. It was a collection of stories and I think it was the first one. It read something like "I watched as the chair slowly picked itself apart..."
Thank you so much for posting this, Ralf!There are good news for Simak fans.
After - unnoticed by many - the eleventh volume of the series "The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak" was already published as a printed edition in October 2021, volumes 9, 10 and 12 have also been available since February 8, 2022.
This means that all 12 volumes previously published as e-books are now available in print.
Here are the 4 new volumes with links to Amazon (US):
Earth for Inspiration and Other Stories: The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak, Volume Nine.
The Shipshape Miracle and Other Stories: The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak, Volume Ten
Dusty Zebra and Other Stories: The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak, Volume Eleven
The Thing in the Stone and Other Stories: The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak, Volume Twelve
Here in Germany the delivery times are already quite long (mid/end of March) In your countries it might be different. The books are also available at Barnes & Noble and other retailers. Check for yourself if it is faster there.
I greet all Simak fans in the forum
Ralf is correct in his assessment of the contents of volumes 13 and 14; and I can tell you that I have now got those (last two) volumes largely put together, with only the introductory material to write. And I have promised delivery to Betsy Mitchell, my editor, "soon." (I repeat my apologies, made in this thread earlier, for the delay; I just could not handle it while my wife was so ill, and not until I had recovered somewhat from losing her...)
I spoke to my editor (Betsy) just a couple of days ago, largely discussing renewing of our contract (which stands in good circumstances, since they seem happy with the response from Simak fans over the years of their effort. The main area of our discussion was that of the Simak novels they have not yet published. Those are THE VISITORS, CEMETERY WORLD, THEY WALKED LIKE MEN, THE TROUBLE WITH TYCHO, RING AROUND THE SUN, DESTINY DOLL, COSMIC ENGINEERS, WHERE THE EVIL DWELLS, and WHY CALL THEM BACK FROM HEAVEN? Some of them may, due to their shortness, be published two in a volume... (We are not likely to include EMPIRE, bowing to what I am certain would have been Cliff's own wishes...)
We also discussed the possibility that some way might be found -- perhaps in conjunction with Open Road's own website -- to reprint some of the unpublished Simak in my possession, as well as "Pipeline to Destiny." (Don't get excited; if this occurs at all, it may be a while...) (I am particularly sad to say that because I'm aware of the number of Simak stories that seem to have been irretrievably lost...)
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