Cosmic Engineers

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Cosmic Engineers
Cosmic engineers.jpg
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author Clifford D. Simak
Cover artist Edd Cartier
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Gnome Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 224 pp
OCLC 21462352

Cosmic Engineers is a science fiction novel by 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. Reviewer 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]

Plot introduction[edit]

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.


  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
  • 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.