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Way Station by Clifford D. Simak
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Way Station (original 1963; edition 1963)

by Clifford D. Simak

Series: Urania (351)

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This story of a human dealing with all sorts of alien beings who spend time with him and give him gifts is so wild and wonderfully imaginative. Included is his dealings with fellow Earthlings who live in his neighborhood. I was pleasantly astounded by the quality of this book! No wonder it won a Hugo. ( )
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
Enjoyed this story very much. ( )
  blueraven57 | Nov 26, 2017 |
This book is Hugo Winner from 1964. I can see why it won - its beautifully written, with a great leading character, and a very interesting premise - Aliens need a way station that gets them to their next stop, and Earth is just one station in this large network. It read a bit like Sand Country Almanac at times, with the lead character pondering over nature and what has changed in the years since he became keeper of the station.

however, its not perfect. At times, there is too much niceness. The Government men in this story, for example, actually being reasonable in a situation that I wouldn't consider reasonable. Or the ending of the story, the came out of left field, and solved all the problems, from the Galactic Government breaking up, to the Earth being admitted to the alliance... It came out of nowhere.

One last thing, this book doesn't feel dated at all. Outside of a few things (lack of automation, for example), the book feels modern. It even has a modern feel about accepting diversity and not judging on looks.

Overall, a very well written book and worthy of the awards won. ( )
1 vote TheDivineOomba | Nov 11, 2017 |
Classic. I loved the very self-contained world within the main character's house - which - in sci fi - is kind of unusual. The wider world is also omnipresent (it is an amazing universe there) but it doesn't interfere with the main story about the life of this solitary character's life. ( )
  swwong | Jul 21, 2017 |
This is a classic sci-fi novel by Simak. When it came out, it won the Hugo award for best novel in 1964. In 1987 it was nominated for all-time best science fiction novel. Simak returns to the Wisconsin farmland of his youth. His main character is Enoch who is picked by Ulysses (his alien benefactor) to staff a waystation in the Wisconsin hills for alien travelers from the stars. For an unexplained reason, a waystation on Earth is needed for aliens who want to travel between the stars. Enoch is a 30 year old Civil War veteran when he is picked. The aliens furnish Enoch a time traveler waystation that has a significant benefit for Enoch. He never ages while in the station. A crisis occurs when the Earth appears headed for nuclear war and when the galactic civilization loses its Talisman which artifact promotes peace and harmony throughout the Galaxy. The crisis also pulls in a deaf mute girl (Lucy) who has extra sensory skills. The novel allows Simak to describe his Wisconsin background and to advocate his gentle philosophy which advocates peace and harmony on Earth. Enoch is the only well-rounded character in the book. ( )
  jerry-book | May 27, 2017 |
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Baumann, JillCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Summerer, Eric MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The noise was ended now. The smoke drifted like thin, gray wisps of fog above the tortured earth and the shattered fences and the peach trees that had been whittled into toothpicks by the cannon fire. For a moment silence, if not peace, fell upon those few square miles of ground where just a while before men had screamed and torn at one another in the frenzy of old hate and had contended in an ancient striving and then had fallen apart, exhausted.
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Here lies one from a distant star, but the soil is not alien to him, for in death he belongs to the universe.
Somewhere, he thought, on the long backtrack of history, the human race had accepted an insanity for a principle and had persisted in it until today that insanity-turned-principle stood ready to wipe out, if not the race itself, at least all of those things, both material and immaterial, that had been fashioned as symbols of humanity through many hard-won centuries.
Could it be, he wondered, that the goldenness was the Hazers' life force and that they wore it like a cloak, as a sort of over-all disguise? Did they wear that life force on the outside of them while all other creatures wore it on the inside?
...the Earth was now on galactic charts, a way station for many different peoples traveling star to star. An inn...a stopping place, a galactic crossroads.
...on the other side of the room stood the intricate mass of machinery, reaching well up into the open second storey, that wafted passengers through the space from star to star.
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„Градът“ на Саймък е преди всичко епос за самоотричащия се и самоунищожаващия се човек, за неговата невъзможност да постигне вътрешна хармония и външно разбирателство, да преодолее примитивизма на собствената си природа, което е задължително условие за движение към утрешния ден.

„Градът“ на Саймък е в същност светът на Саймък — един изненадващ в измеренията художествен анализ и синтез на възгледите на буржоазния хуманист, който отчаяно търси отговор на поставените от него самия въпроси.
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Enoch Wallace survived the carnage of Gettysburg and lived through the rest of the Civil War to make it home to his parents' farm in south-west Wisconsin. But his mother was already dead and his father soon joined her in the tiny family cemetery. It was then that Enoch met the being he called Ulysses and the farm became a way station for space travellers. Now, nearly a hundred years later, the US government is taking an interest in the seemingly immortal Enoch, and the Galactic Council, which set up the way station is threatening to tear itself apart.

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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."… (more)

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