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Title: The Simple Way Title Record # 96033
Author: Clifford D. Simak
Date: 1951-01-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: novelette
Series: City
Language: English
Note: Although this was first published as "The Trouble with Ants", this story is more commonly known and more often reprinted as "The Simple Way".
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Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1951 The Trouble with Ants
1965 The Simple Way [as by Clifford Simak]
1982 Trouble With Ants
Year Language Title
1952 French Un moyen bien simple
1957Translated by José Valdivieso.
Spanish El modo más simple
1958Translation of last story of "City". Content - Ants get more and more powerful and a solution is needed.
German Die bösen Ameisen
1960Translated by 林克己 (Katsumi Hayashi)
Japanese
簡単な方法?Kantan na Hōhō
[as by ]
1964Translated by Tony Westermayr
German Als es noch Menschen gab (VIII)
1964Translated by Tony Westermayr.
German Die Lösung
1965Translated by G. J. Borghart
Dutch De Eenvoudige Weg [as by Clifford Simak]
1974Translated by Лев Жданов (Lev Zhdanov)
Russian [as by
Клиффорд Саймак?Klifford Saymak
Clifford Simak
]
1977 Serbian Jednostavan način [as by Kliford Simak]
2013Translated by Pierre-Paul Durastanti
French Un moyen bien simple

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Fantastic Adventures, January 1951 1951-01-00 ed. Howard Browne Ziff-Davis Publishing Company   $0.25 132
pulp?Magazine using the common pulp size: 6.5" by 9.5". For ISFDB purposes this may also be used as a designation for the quality of the paper. There are some untrimmed pulps that are as large as 8" by 11.75
mag Robert Gibson Jones Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1952-00-00 Clifford D. Simak Club français du livre   Fr. 650 iv+
258
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
City 1952-05-00 Clifford D. Simak Gnome Press   $2.75 224
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Frank Kelly Freas Checkmark
City 1954-00-00 Clifford D. Simak Weidenfeld & Nicolson   9/6 248
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll C. King  
Demain les chiens 1954-00-00 Clifford D. Simak Le Sagittaire   F470.00 355
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
City 1954-01-00 Clifford D. Simak Permabooks 264 $0.25 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Ciudad 1957-00-00 Clifford D. Simak Minotauro (Ciencia-Ficción (Minotauro) #9)     278
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
Utopia-Magazin 20 1958-00-00 ed. Bert Koeppen Pabel 20 DM 1.00 95
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Emsh Checkmark
City 1958-03-00 Clifford D. Simak Ace Books D-283 $0.35 255
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ed Valigursky Checkmark
都市?Toshi
1960-08-00
早川書房?Hayakawa Shobō
Hayakawa Shobo
はやかわしょぼう
ハヤカワショボウ
( #3022)
    308
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
City 1961-11-00 Clifford D. Simak The Science Fiction Book Club (UK) 55   248
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll John Griffiths  
Als es noch Menschen gab 1964-06-00 Clifford D. Simak Goldmann (Goldmanns Weltraum Taschenbücher #036) 036 DM 2.40 201
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Eyke Volkmer Checkmark
Als es noch Menschen gab 1964-06-00 Clifford D. Simak Goldmann (Goldmanns Zukunftsromane #56) Z 56 DM 7.80 201
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Eyke Volkmer  
City 1965-00-00 Clifford Simak Bruna (Zwarte Beertjes #909) 909 ƒ1.75 220
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Dick Bruna Checkmark
City 1965-00-00 Clifford Simak Four Square Books 1250 3/6 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Demain les chiens / Le pêcheur 1966-03-01 Clifford D. Simak OPTA (Club du Livre d'Anticipation #3)     xxii+
395
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni Checkmark
Fantastic, July 1966 1966-07-00 ed. Joseph Ross Ultimate Publishing Co., Inc.   $0.50 164
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Frank R. Paul Checkmark
City 1967-10-00 Clifford D. Simak Ace Books H-30 $0.60 255
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ed Valigursky Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1970-00-00 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373)     311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Françoise Boudignon Checkmark
City 1971-00-00 Clifford D. Simak Sphere (Sphere Science Fiction Classics #3) 78573 £0.30 248
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Eddie Jones Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1971-00-00 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373)     311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Françoise Boudignon Checkmark
City 1971-06-00 Clifford D. Simak Ace Books 10621 $0.75 255
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ed Valigursky Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1972-00-00 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373)     311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Tibor Csernus Checkmark
City 1973-04-00 Clifford D. Simak Ace Books 10622 $0.95 252
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Davis Meltzer Checkmark
1974-00-00
Клиффорд Саймак?Klifford Saymak
Clifford Simak
()   R0.87 238
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
City 1975-00-00 Clifford D. Simak Ace Books 10623 $1.25 252
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Davis Meltzer Checkmark
City 1976-00-00 Clifford Simak Bruna (Bruna SF #51) 90-229-9051-6   256
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Marion Crezée Checkmark
City 1976-09-00 Clifford D. Simak Ace Books 10624 $1.75 252
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Michael Whelan Checkmark
Grad 1977-00-00 Kliford Simak Jugoslavija (Kentaur)     181
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll
Ljubodrag Janković-Jale?Ljubodrag Jankovich-Jale
Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1977-11-05 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 2-277-11373-5   311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Tibor Csernus Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1978-10-25 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 2-277-11373-5   311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Tibor Csernus Checkmark
City 1979-04-00 Clifford D. Simak Nelson Doubleday / SFBC 3372 $2.98 211
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Gary Viskupic Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1980-05-16 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 2-277-11373-5   311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Tibor Csernus Checkmark
City 1981-10-00 Clifford D. Simak Ace Books 0-441-10626-9 $2.75 267
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1981-12-15 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 2-277-12373-0   311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Tibor Csernus Checkmark
The Last Man on Earth 1982-08-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Fawcett Crest / Ballantine 0-449-24531-4 $2.95 352
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Wayne Barlowe Checkmark
The Last Man on Earth 1982-08-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Fawcett Crest / Ballantine 0-449-24531-4 C$3.50 352
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Wayne Barlowe Checkmark
The Last Man on Earth 1983-03-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Fawcett Crest / Ballantine 0-449-24531-4 $2.95 352
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Wayne Barlowe Checkmark
City 1983-12-00 Clifford D. Simak Ace Books 0-441-10627-7 $2.75 267
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Demain les chiens 1984-02-20 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 2-277-12373-0   311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Tibor Csernus Checkmark
The Last Man on Earth 1985-08-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Fawcett Crest / Ballantine 0-449-20990-3 C$3.50 352
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Wayne Barlowe Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1987-02-18 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 2-277-12373-0   311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Tibor Csernus Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1987-12-18 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 2-277-12373-0   311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Tibor Csernus Checkmark
City 1988-08-00 Clifford D. Simak Methuen 0-413-14630-8 £3.50 255
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Nick Rogers Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1991-02-28 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 2-277-12373-0   311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Tibor Csernus Checkmark
City 1992-01-00 Clifford D. Simak Collier / Macmillan (Collier Nucleus Fantasy & Science Fiction) 0-02-025391-5 $5.95 267
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Paul Lehr Checkmark
City 1992-09-00 Clifford D. Simak Macmillan / SFBC 01155 $6.98 xi+
211
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Michael Budden Checkmark
Demain les chiens 1994-12-01 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 2-277-12373-0   311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Bruce Pennington Checkmark
City 1995-00-00 Clifford D. Simak The Easton Press (The Masterpieces of Science Fiction)     xxii+
211
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
Demain les chiens 2000-03-30 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 2-290-00373-5   311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Michael Whelan Checkmark
Demain les chiens 2003-03-03 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 2-290-30859-5   311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Christian Volckman Checkmark
City 2003-09-00 Clifford D. Simak Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC 50th Anniversary Collection #5) 0-7394-3526-4 / 55568 $9.99 xi+
191
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Donato Giancola Checkmark
City 2004-09-00 Clifford D. Simak Old Earth Books 1-882968-28-X $27.00 x+
251
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Douglas Klauba Checkmark
City 2007-05-00 Clifford D. Simak Old Earth Books 978-1-882968-28-2 $27.00 x+
251
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Douglas Klauba  
Demain les chiens 2009-02-10 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 978-2-290-30859-2 €4.80 311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Christian Volckman Checkmark
Als es noch Menschen gab 2010-03-00 Clifford D. Simak Heyne (Meisterwerke der Science Fiction) 978-3-453-52628-0 €9.95 412
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Hauptmann & Kompanie Werbeagentur Checkmark
City 2011-06-00 Clifford D. Simak Gollancz (Gollancz SF Masterworks (II)) 978-0-575-10523-2 £7.99 viii+
242
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Dominic Harman Checkmark
Science Fiction Gems, Volume Three 2012-04-12 ed. uncredited Armchair Fiction (Armchair Science Fiction & Horror Gems #5) 978-1-61287-092-2 $12.95 200
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
Demain les chiens 2012-05-15 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #373) 978-2-290-30859-2 €5.00 311
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Christian Volckman Checkmark
Demain les chiens 2013-09-14 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (Nouveaux Millénaires) 978-2-290-07061-1 €16.00 283
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Flamidon  
Demain les chiens 2015-04-08 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction) 978-2-290-07062-8 €7.10 349
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Flamidon  
City 2015-07-21 Clifford D. Simak Open Road Integrated Media 978-1-5040-1303-1 $14.99 264
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
City 2015-07-21 Clifford D. Simak Open Road Integrated Media 978-1-5040-1294-2 $7.99  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll Jason Gabbert  
City date unknown Clifford D. Simak Gollancz (Gollancz SF Masterworks (II)) 978-0-575-10523-2 £7.99 viii+
242
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Dominic Harman Checkmark
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