Way Station Review

  • An ageless hermit runs a secret way station for alien visitors in the Wisconsin woods in this Hugo Award-winning science fiction classic Enoch Wallace is not like other humans. Living a secluded life in the backwoods of Wisconsin, he carries a nineteenth-century rifle and never seems to age-a fact that has recently caught the attention of prying government eyes. The truth is, Enoch is the last surviving veteran of the American Civil War and, for close to a century, he has operated a secret way station for aliens passing through on journeys to other stars. But the gifts of knowledge and immortality that his intergalactic guests have bestowed upon him are proving to be a nightmarish burden, for they have opened Enoch’s eyes to humanity’s impending destruction. Still, one final hope remains for the human race . . . though the cure could ultimately prove more terrible than the disease. Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel, Way Station is a magnificent example of the fine art of science fiction as practiced by a revered Grand Master. A cautionary tale that is at once ingenious, evocative, and compassionately human, it brilliantly supports the contention of the late, great Robert A. Heinlein that “to read science-fiction is to read Simak”.

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“Enoch Wallace is 124 years old, the last survivor of the Civil War, living as a recluse in the woods of southwest Wisconsin. For reasons of their own, aliens have selected Enoch to run an inter-stellar way station, a hub of their galactic transportation network that enables aliens from planets across the galaxy to travel instantaneously from one star system to another. Because the aliens have decided that mankind and earth are not yet ready for membership in this galactic federation, Enoch must labour in splendid isolation and keep the station’s secret to himself. Inevitably, Wallace’s astonishing longevity attracts notice and the US government begins to investigate both Wallace and the odd happenings at his house in the woods.” By Paul Weiss

“Clifford D. Simak’s Way Station is simply one of the most original and best SF novels ever written. Long considered a masterpiece, published in 1963, this story remains as fresh today as when first written. Though the theme has often been explored, the plot is one of a kind. So different that it remains unduplicated after almost 4 decades.
The theme of the book revolves around whether human society is worthy of inclusion in galactic society, mainly because of its warlike tendencies. Written in the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the nuclear uncertainty surrounding that era of the Cold War between the USA and the Soviet Union, Simak weaves a tale that was modern when written, but timeless in retrospect. This theme has recurred again and again in actual society, such as during the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and now the War against Terrorism.” By OhSayCanYouSee1

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Product Details

Author: Clifford D. Simak
Kindle price: Hardcover from $19.71 Paperback $9.41 Audible $0.00
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy; Reprint edition (July 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1504013212
ISBN-13: 978-1504013215
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (533 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,137 in Books

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