More than a hundred years before, an alien named Ulysses had recruited Enoch as the keeper of Earth's only galactic transfer station. Now, as Enoch studies the progress of Earth and tends the tanks where the aliens appear, the charts he made indicate his world is doomed to destruction. His alien friends can only offer help that seems worse than the dreaded disaster. Then he discovers the horror that lies across the galaxy.
BONUS AUDIO: Way Station includes an exclusive introduction by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Mike Resnick.
©1963 Clifford D. Simak; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
Way Station by Clifford D. Simak. This was a throwback novel. Classic SF of the style that I haven't read in almost 20 years (I trend more toward military SF and urban fantasy). It definitely required a context switch but it is interesting to stretch my normal bound.
Enoch Wallace is a Civil War veteran who is living in the contemporary times(circa 1963 for the novel) and has finally attracted the attention of the government due to his lack of aging. Shortly after the the war he is offered the chance to become a station master in an chain of FTL transfer stations for travelers. He effectively is a hermit who has little interaction with society but talks with all the travelers who comes through.
Enoch only ages when he leaves his house, so he is aging at less than 1/24 normal, which is what finally draws the governments attention. There are a couple of threads that combine for a burst of activity toward the end and are fairly well wrapped up by the action. The writing has aged fairly well, and there is even concepts that are quite familiar as SF to modern readers (VR shooting range, aliens not so perfect). It does have some of the common threads of SF of the time (humans bad and immature, aliens superior) that does leave it feeling dated though.
I never read this author before and I found it quite entertaining to be exposed to him, definitely a good insightful book. I can definitely see why it won the Hugo for Best Novel in 1964.
Probably. I might want to remind myself of the details. The story was revealed in a very natural way.
It reminded me a little of "Out of the Silent Planet" by Arthur C. Clark because of the way earth's inhabitants were unaware of all of the other sentient species and their relationships outside.
When the simple girl got the alien device to work.
Are we left out of the brotherhood of intelligent species in the universe?
loved both. a very comfortable story.
the new take on rip van winkle.
Was a wnderful read. I was hoping the book was still in print. I was amazed to find it in audio.
Enjoyable story. Great Narrator. Good story line. a bit slow at times but it still kept you interested
I liked the idea of there being a way station here on earth and the new ideas of how we are just a small backwards “train” station on the road to better places.
The book was well read and I personally like the way the tone of the voice complemented the store being told.
A follow-up book would be great, however I think there would need to be more time taken to develop the back story and the government’s involvement.
Parts of the story especially about the government annoyed me … they were too nice and too trusting. To me it did not sound true.
A great classic with a message still timely today.
Summerer doesn't just read or narrate. He is able to give voice to each character.
I would but would caution them that while it was a classic in its time the ending was unsatisfying.
The title says it all. A Way Station - a portal into the vast universe.
He handled the job well enough. Not spectacularly.
Yes. great concept from the beginning. Author should have had more intrigue with the government. And the alien bunny at the end had no edge, no reality about him.
It's an easy going ,relaxing,space adventure of the mind.
The medalsum government agent just goes to show they can cause galactic problems even for the dead lol
Excellent reader very autistic look forward to further performances and other stories he brings to my ears
Laugh and awe a bit
Just enjoyed it is all :)
I picked up a hard copy of this book in a bag sale at the library over 20 years ago, and it soon became one of my favorites. When I saw it on sale on Audible, I was excited to listen to it again. Hearing this old favorite brought to life by the narrator was very enjoyable. The exploration of the swings of a human's morality when faced with intelligent life from other worlds adds great interest to this novel. Highly recommended.
nice idea for a scifi story. gets a bid stereotype and flat after the first few chapters. the end is very predictable.. narration was a bit 'childlike' all in all still ok.
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