Cosmic Engineers

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Cosmic Engineers
Cosmic engineers.jpg
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
AuthorClifford D. Simak
Cover artistEdd Cartier
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherGnome Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)

Cosmic Engineers is a science fiction novel by American author Clifford D. Simak. It was published in 1950 by Gnome Press in an edition of 6,000 copies, of which 1,000 were bound in paperback for an armed forces edition. The novel was originally serialized in the magazine Astounding in 1939.

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The novel concerns a group of earthmen and a girl, who is awakened from suspended animation, being contacted by aliens with whom they join to prevent the collision of one universe with another.


Groff Conklin found the 1950 text "has an old-fashioned and somewhat frenetic ring to it which, nevertheless, is rather pleasant."[1] Damon Knight, however, panned the same edition as "a pot-boiler [which] should have been left interred" and noted that the 70th-century's inhabitants "talk, think, and act exactly like middle-class, middle-intellect 1930s Americans."[2] P. Schuyler Miller reported the novel was "good fun, but nothing to weight you down with ideas."[3]

Stephen King mentions Cosmic Engineers in his memoir On Writing, describing Simak's novel as "a terrific read".[4]


  1. ^ "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, February 1951, p.101.
  2. ^ "The Dissecting Table", Worlds Beyond, January 1951, p.103
  3. ^ "Book Reviews", Astounding Science Fiction, June 1951, p.132
  4. ^ Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. 2000, Pocket Books, p. 157


  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 299.
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1978). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 391. ISBN 0-911682-22-8.

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