More than a hundred years before, an alien named Ulysses h ...more
Way Stati ...more
Way Station by Clifford Simak is a very good, classic science fiction yarn.
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 ide ...more
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
"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
He needed sun and soil and wind to remain a man. (c)
We realized that among us, among all the races, we had a staggering fund of knowledge and of techniques - that working together, by putting together all this knowledge and capability, we could arrive at something that would be far greater and more significant than any race, alone, could hope of accomplishing. (c)
A man... must belong to something, must have some loyalty and some identity. (c)
A million years ago there had been no river he ...more
I've been reading this book on and off for several years (first time I read it in Portuguese...). Once in a while I get the urge to pick it up again. It happened again... lol
Storytelling, movie making, painting are all art forms. There is no right or wrong way to make art. There's no inherently proper or improper, no right or wrong, no appropriate or inappropriate way to craft artistic expression. Simak had his way. Heinlein had his way. Bach had his way. Eça de Queiroz had his way. Nick Ray had ...more
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
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.
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
Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1964) ...more
I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. "Golden Age Sci-Fi" isn't always something that personally resonates with me. A lot of it is very dated, or rooted in the time period it was written in, or focuses on ideas and themes that aren't as interesting to me as more modern sci-fi. But this book feels almost timeless, an ...more
The book started out with the protagonist executing two horses in anger over his father’s death. The horses had nothing to do with it. It was dark and petty and predisposed me to disliking this book.
The raccoon torture scene described sealed my dislike.
Then I started thinking about the way the women were portrayed.
There's Mary, the sentient hologram created solely for the protagonists pleasure.
“She had been an ideal and perfection. She had been his perfect woman, created in his mind.”
I’ll start with the language. I’m a sucker for a writer who knows how to use words to do more than just tell a tale. Clifford D. Simak is one of those authors ...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
Since I've spent almost two decades living in the woods, the novel now strikes me as enormously powerful and moving. I've been reading some out loud to my wife and fellow homesteader.
Way Station's core idea is that a man lives in a remote house, but the house is actually a disguised node in a galactic travel and communication network. Simak sets up quite a stage around this core idea, with a ...more
Enoch Wallace is a Civil War veteran, and he is still alive, looking to be in his thirties, a hundred years later. He lives in a house his father built, but that cannot be entered by its doors or windows, even with the application of force. Only E ...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
Good Story #23. Julie and Scott agree to make coffee for Ulysses in return for a cube of deceased vegetation.
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 centu...more
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