More than a hundred years before, an alien named Ulysses h ...more
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This spare little story is set in a small Wisconsin town. Despite the pastoral setting and the narrow-minded, clannish inhabitants of the town, Enoch Wallace, keeper of an intergalactic transport system known as the Way Station, is a very likeable and open character.
This wonderful, thought-provoking book is a fast and easy read. There is no action, no alien battles in the stars, no government agents surrounding the Way Station and bundling Enoch off in an unmarked van. ...more
A bit dated, just a little and not hurtfully so, similar to a more modern language than that used by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
A great mix of hard science fiction and the softer social sciences cousin of the genre; like Heinlein, without the sexual aggression and with an almost Bradburyesque idyllic sentimentality. Way Station was first published in 1963 and won the Hugo Award for best Novel in 1964. This was certa ...more
Rarely do I see such a fitting cover picture on a book: it does not show any particular scene, but the plot itself.
There is a way station for intergalactic travelers somewhere deep in the rural USA. The following picture shows exactly what I think the inside of the said station looks like:
And this is outside view:
The book is interesting in the sense that it packed a lot of interesting idea ...more
"And there she sat, with the wild red and gold of the butterfly poised upon her finger, with the sense of alertness and expectancy and, perhaps, accomplishment shining on her face. She was alive, thought Enoch, as no other thing he knew had ever been alive. The butterfly spread its wings and floated off her finger and went fluttering, unconcerned, unfrightened, up across the wild grass and the goldenrod of the field."
"They would say he was a madman; that he had run them off at gu ...more
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Way Station is Clifford D. Simak’s 1964 Hugo Award-winning novel. By many readers it is considered his best, and it features some his favorite themes: a rugged Midwesterner who shuns society, human society flirting with nuclear disaster, a more enlightened galactic society that is wary of letting unruly humans join in, an appeal to common sense and condemnation of man’s penchant for violence.
This is one book I will have to have on my shelf so that I can revisit at least once a year.
Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1964)
Simply put, I love this book and it's one of my favorite books. And I don't say that lightly. It takes quite a bit to get me to love a book. But Way Station just strikes all of the right chords for me in ter ...more
Po meni pravi klasik SF-a i nešto što bi trebalo svako da pročita.
Some of these old sci-fi books usually lose their flavor in time, because the new ones are simply amazing with all the new technology and concepts brought. Not the case with one.
Through the astounding ideas for those years (new type of teleportation, some truly strange alien species, the whole concept of the way station) it deals mainly with human nature and its inclination toward destruction. But it does not lack the bright side of ...more
Enohs savu fermu nav atstājis vismaz gadsimtu. Viss, ko par viņu zina apkārtējie ļaudis, ir sekojošais. Regulāri viņš runā tikai ar pastnieku, katru rītu Enohs dodas pastaigā līdzi ņemdams šauteni, kura viņam ir kopš ...more
My expectations of Way Station were so, so strangely off from the novel itself. I recall having read or heard that it was filled with humor, as much as strange and novel sci-fi. One part of that statement is certainly true, but I didn't find it to be particularly humorous. Quite a lot of it, in fact, is fairly painful and bitter. Enoch, as a character, has quite a bit of depth - he has many regrets ...more
Way Station by Clifford D. Simak was originally serialized under the name Here Gather the Stars. It won the 1963 Hugo Award, and it's one of the first books I read in my renewed push to read all the Hugo and Nebula winners by the end of 2016. I am extremely glad I read this now. I am about to read many novels from the 50's, 60's, and 70's, and I have sometimes dismal expectations of the qualities of older science fiction. But Way Station was really, really good.
Enoch Wallace is a Civil War veter...more
"Way Station" won ...more
Here's what I said when I named it among my top fiction for 2009:
From SFFaudio's review: This story spans more than a century, but most of the ‘action’ takes place in the middle of the 20th century, over a couple of months. See, a friendly alien recruited Enoch Wallace to become something of a galactic station master shortly after the American Civil War. Now, with his neighbors...more
And then we come to him. He lives in a shack off his father's old home. This is because the home has been transformed into a way station. Aliens from all over transmit to it, to go on. Sometimes they bring him gifts, or they can talk.
Meanwhile, his human contacts are pretty much limited to the mailman. He ages only when he is not in the house, which is about an hour a da ...more
Enoch Wallace es el guardián de una casa algo especial que permite el paso de viajeros de otras partes de la galaxia en dirección a sus destinos. Como muchas novelas de esta época (1963) tiene muy presente las tensiones generadas por la guerra fría y sus posibles consecuencias. A lo largo del texto encontramos reflexiones sobre la guerra, sobre el hombre y su posición en el Universo, lo insignificante de las diferencias humanas comparadas con ese algo superior que el autor denomina conocimi ...more
This novel essentially represented a Space Opera during cold war, spatially confined within the private bulwark of a Man from the Earth civil war veteran, by A ...more
It's really sort of sad--and quite sobering as an aspiring author--to realize how quickly you can be forgotten even by those in your own genre and ...more