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.
I loved the premise of the story which first interested me. I had held off purchasing due to the time it was written as most of these old sci fi books show their age with the tech they portray but this book did really well and even surprised me with the tech involving his pastime which could be used in a modern day book. Anyhow really enjoyed it and was narrated very well!
The rhythm of this story just moves you along - you are gently drawn in and become a believer without any pyrotechnics.
This book is the reason I am an Audible member. I don't think I would have found this little gem, even though it's a Hugo award winner. I'll be listening to more of Mr. Simak's work. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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.
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.
What a fun book! lot of reviews called this dated and perhaps it was......But who cares! This audiobook was one of those that you cant stop listening to. I loved it!
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.
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