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Way Station by Clifford D. Simak

Way Station (original 1963; edition 1975)

by Clifford D. Simak

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Title:Way Station
Authors:Clifford D. Simak
Info:Manor Books Inc. (1975), Paperback
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Way Station by Clifford D. Simak (1963)



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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 |
Loved it. Simak only writes good books. He has such a comfortable style that allows you to forgive him any miss-steps. ( )
  ikeman100 | May 6, 2017 |
Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit striding across his untended farmland as he's done for over a century and carrying his Civil War rifle that he carried in that war. What his neighbors must never know is that inside his never-changing house, he hosts unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.
More than 100 years early, an alien named Ulysses recruited Enoch as Earth's only intergalactic transfer station. ( )
  creighley | Feb 16, 2017 |
Way Station has a lot to recommend it: an interesting premise, lots going on, and a mood that is reflective without being slow. The protagonist, a Civil War veteran, is still a middle-aged man in the 1960s, living as a recluse on his long-departed parents' farm, subscribing to scientific journals and newspapers that are delivered by the mailman, one of his few human contacts. Simak doesn't withhold key facts; he sets up several plotlines, ranging from the personal to the national to the galactic, and then lets them unspool and collide.

While the story was a pleasure to read, I found the ending unsatisfactory in nearly all respects. Enoch, the protagonist, is cast as an observer rather than a driver of the plot throughout, even when he is forced to decisive action. An early plotline, wound up by before the halfway point of the book, reappears unexpectedly in the denouement, without adding anything to the story. And some of the most interesting conflicts and solutions still lie ahead as the story ends. That said, it is a fast read, and worth it for the warm tone and the nuanced depiction of human-human and human-alien friendships. ( )
  bezoar44 | Feb 4, 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.
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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