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Way Station Paperback – July 21, 2015
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“Well-told and interesting . . . Involving and fast-moving, with plenty of SF heft to its ideas, and plenty of emotional punch as well . . . Highly recommended.” —SF Site
“This is the Old Master at his best.” —Las Vegas Review-Journal
About the Author
Simak was best known for the book City, a reaction to the horrors of World War II, and for his novel Way Station. In 1953 City was awarded the International Fantasy Award, and in following years, Simak won three Hugo Awards and a Nebula Award. In 1977 he became the third Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and before his death in 1988, he was named one of three inaugural winners of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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This story revolves around Enoch, who performs a job for others in the galaxy while tasked to keep his involvement secret from other earthlings. Unfortunately, his unorthodox actions are noticed, which precipitates several crises before coming to a solid conclusion. Along the way, Simak provides thought-provoking statements for the reader to chew on. (My personal favorite: Was war an instinctive thing, for which each ordinary man was as much responsible as the policy makers and the so-called statesmen? It seemed impossible, and yet, deep in every man was the combative instinct, the aggressive urge, the strange sense of competition--all of which spelled conflict of one kind or another if carried to conclusion).
I almost graded this as four stars, due to the slow middle of the book. Upon further reflection, the story seemed to slow only because of the great detail the author presented concerning the aspects of his job, and the book would not have had the same impact at the end if the reader was not aware of these details. As with most sci-fi back then, this is a very quick read (231 pages) and worth your time.
dust off the cobwebs in your brain and plump up your heart.
On the sad negative side, the world is no longer a hopeful place. I think that this Wisconsin loner controlling a galactic way station may be a relic of a world that no longer exists. The ideas, the idealism, the hope have passed away. He may have actually been re-assigned and we are living the punishment Simak described. Stupidity now dominates and our culture is in free fall. Nobody is bright enough to keep the torch alight. For Simak that was horror, but we live what he describes in this wonderful book.
Despite being quite old, the story has aged well and contains numerous very thought provoking issues and plot elements. With only one exception, the alien constructs mentioned in the story all appear to be bi-pedal humanoid beings, which would seem to be quite unlikely, however other aspects of the story display more imagination. All in all, a very pleasant, entertaining story.
I got the book on Kindle and was not compensated for the review. There was no sex, no harsh language that I remember and no in-your-face political or religious message.
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Some of this book was good and some of it was "That would not happen on Earth, ever." SPOILER!!!Read more