Way Station [With Headphones]

Way Station [With Headphones]

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Overview

Neighbors saw Enoch Wallace as an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. They must never know that inside his unchanging house, he met and conversed with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.
More than a hundred years before, an alien being named Ulysses had recruited Enoch as the keeper of Earth's only galactic transfer station. Now Enoch studied the progress of Earth as he tended the tanks where the aliens appeared, and the charts he made indicated that his world was doomed to destruction. His alien friends could only offer help that seemed worse than the dreaded disaster.
Then he discovered the horror that lived across the galaxy . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608128594
Publisher: Findaway World
Publication date: 05/28/2009
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

During his fifty-five-year career, Clifford D. Simak (1904-1988) produced some of the most iconic science fiction stories ever written. Born on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin, Simak got a job at a small-town newspaper in 1929 and eventually became news editor of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, writing fiction in his spare time. He is the author of the Hugo Award¿winning classic Way Station as well as City.

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Way Station [With Headphones] 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It received a Hugo for a reason, and that reason is Simak's flowing prose in telling a timeless tale. Wow! A beautiful book.
LJT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book won the Hugo Award in 1964. Written in Simak's unique and recognizable style, it tells of a happening in Rural America...the existence of a Way Station for non-humans passing through Earth on the way to elsewhere, with a human caretaker who took the job on right after the Civil War. Now, 100 years later, he is beginning to get some official attention. Watchers, of a sort. The watchers do something in ignorance (and greed for knowledge) that throws a spanner in the whole works. Their action threatens the caretaker's plans to help Earth become a participant in the galactic federation. How the problem is solved is a bit mystical for a science fiction story, but very typical of Simak's writing. I think it a wonderful book.
igor.kh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the development of the contemplative Enoch Wallace character, as well as Enoch himself. The plot itself was a bit pulpy for my tastes. But, that is a sign of the times, much like the obligatory threat of nuclear war looming over Enoch's Earth.The pacifist sentiments expressed in the book are very nice. Most disappointing I found the old memes that "there are things in the universe that human minds cannot comprehend" and that there exists a tangible spirit connecting all living beings in the universe. Otherwise, a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The concept of a place where aliens use earth as a pitstop ! I have read this story many times thru the years Enjoy it bas I always do
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of THE classics of the SF field is back in print with the best cover to ever grace the book. See the comments for the Old Earth Books edition of Simak's CITY (the complete edition!) - the apply here. Here's what Robert Heinlein wrote: 'To read science fiction is to read Simak. The reader who does not like Simak stories does not like science fiction at all.'
Anonymous 26 days ago
the book started out really good then curbed off into other directions and plots, several chapters seemed to be fillers.
PollyBennett 10 months ago
Beautiful, simply beautiful.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Such an interesting book.
rigelkent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best stories I have ever read. I have had this copy since I was twelve and re-read it at least twice every year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very thought provoking!
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Great tead
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I expected oh him
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Aplonis More than 1 year ago
Simak is an author whose works stand out my memory even after a decade. One of my very few favorite authors whose works I enjoy to re-read again. This single book, Way Station, I shall enjoy to be re-reading long into the future. Aside from several works by Jack Vance, this one book by Simak is the only other book for which I've elected to dedicate my time and expense to acquire the rights for translating it into Esperanto. I feel as if I must do that as a service to the whole world. Esperanto will carry this story into corners it yet has not reached. And there they will enjoy it I'm certain.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The measily 5 stars don't do this great peace of literature justice.The story is presented as a sci-fi fable, but in reality is nothing short of a philosophical parable that insightfully reflects the insignificance of our world on a grand scale of things. Subtle and marvelously written - no other sci-fi writer compares to Simak,but Bradburry and Asimov - this book is inferior only to Simak's 'CITY' and towers over virtually everything else written in the field. A must read for sci-fi and fiction fans alike. P.S. Here's a few more stars for Mr.Simak: * * * * * * * * * *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read but like many Sci-fi books the ending is too open and hanging in space for me.