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by Clifford D. Simak

  • ISBN: 0194242374
  • Author: Clifford D. Simak
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  • Rating: 4.1 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 96
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Abridged Ed edition (December 1979)
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  • Category: Reference
  • Subcategory: Foreign Language Study & Reference
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Home Clifford D. Simak Way Station. When Wallace agreed to manage the Way Station, he had been unaware of the greater role for which he was being considered-Earth’s sole representative to the Inter-Galactic Council.

Home Clifford D. He passed many evenings listening to the fascinating tales of these travelers from the furthest reaches of space.

Nine tales of imagination and wonder from one of the formative voices of science fiction and fantasy, the author of Way Station and City. Named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Clifford D. Simak was a preeminent voice during the decades that established sci-fi as a genre to be reckoned with. Held in the same esteem as fellow luminaries Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Ray Bradbury, his novels continue to enthrall today’s readers.

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Simak was best known for the book City, a reaction to the horrors of World War II, and for his novel Way Station. Clifford D Simak was the 3rd Grand Master of The Science Fiction Writers of America after Robert Heinlein and the great Jack Williamson. 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.

The American science fiction writer Clifford D. Simak (August 3, 1904 – April 25, 1988) was honored by fans with three Hugo Awards and by colleagues with one Nebula Award. The Science Fiction Writers of America made him its third SFWA Grand Master and the Horror Writers Association made him one of three inaugural winners of the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. The Creator (48-page novelette: first magazine publication 1935, first book publication 1946).

6 Books about Clifford D. Simak. 7 Biographical sources. And Way Station is in the midst of all of the science fiction paraphernalia a moving psychological study of a very lonely man who has to make peace with his past and finally manages to do so, but not without personal loss. The contemplative nature of the Simak character is a recurring trait both of theme and of the author's style.

Way Station by Clifford Simak is a very good, classic science fiction yarn. 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.

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In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he has done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

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.

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This is a great book, though readers unfamiliar to Simak or the sci-fi genre from 50 or more years ago may find it "different" when compared to modern sci-fi books. I always preferred these older stories, as they seemed to emphasize the story first rather than concentrate on demonstrating motivation for every minor character than enters the story. This story follows that mode, with a heavy emphasis on the concepts. Usually, there is a main character who is affected by the events in the story.

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.
Clifford D. Simak’s novel Way Station, published in 1963, won the Hugo Award for that year’s best science fiction novel and has been recognized on various “all-time greatest” lists of sci-fi books. Simak, a Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master, is an author whose work is consistently exceptional and rarely disappoints. Even though this novel was published over 50 years ago, it still reads as a work of brilliantly inspired speculative fiction, and its Cold War-era message remains relevant to the world we live in today.

Way Station tells the story of Enoch Wallace, a veteran of the American Civil War, who is chosen by an extraterrestrial governing body to serve as a sort of galactic innkeeper for interstellar travelers passing through our solar system. The means of travel is a form of teleportation, and Enoch’s rural home is transformed into an arrival, layover, and departure center for wayfarers of myriad alien species and cultures. The interior of Enoch’s house—the way station—exists outside of time, so he does not age when he is inside it. Eventually, a 120-year-old man who looks like he’s in his thirties begins to draw attention. His neighbors become suspicious of their weird, reclusive neighbor. A CIA agent hears rumors of Enoch’s agelessness and puts him under surveillance. These interlopers not only intrude upon Enoch’s privacy; their meddling may also threaten the delicate diplomatic relations between Earth and the rest of the galaxy.

The story is set in rural southwestern Wisconsin, where Simak grew up. He lived his entire life in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and many of his works are set in those states. It’s always refreshing to read a great work of American regional literature that doesn’t take place in one of the nation’s three biggest cities. Occasionally writers will set a work in a generic rural setting, perhaps designating a state such as Kansas or Nebraska for authenticity’s sake. Simak, on the other hand, really establishes a specific sense of place to his setting. You can tell he has had an intimate relationship with the region he describes and the people who dwell there. There is a profound sensitivity to his writing about rural life that’s reminiscent of the work of Willa Cather. Yet the science fiction elements he layers on top of this foundation are as visionary as any other writer of the genre. He judiciously understates the sci-fi elements of the story in order to emphasize the literary over the sensational. A writer like Fritz Leiber would have populated his way station with all manner of far-fetched freakiness, resulting in a weird-for-weird’s-sake view of intergalactic contact (as in The Big Time, for example). Simak, on the other hand, focuses on the humanity in his characters, even those who aren’t human. He aims for more than just thrills and entertainment, instead imbuing his story with an admonishing message of cautious hope for mankind.

Sometimes the story goes off into tangents that seem irrelevant, but eventually Simak brings them back full circle to become integral to the main thrust of the plot. Though quite suspenseful for most of its length, the story lags a little toward the end, and some conflicts are resolved a little too conveniently. Nevertheless, this is a great work of science fiction truly deserving of the accolades it has received. As good as this novel is, however, Simak’s true calling is short stories. If you haven’t done so already, check out Open Road Media’s excellent series The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak, which is projected to amount to 14 volumes of this master’s work.
Clifford D. Simak’s writing style is often described as “pastoral”, a gentle Midwestern American soft science fiction with a splash of fantasy flavoring his pastel impressionist coloring. For me he was the other Ray Bradbury, a very literate writer with an even tempo and a terrific imagination who could go dark when necessary or boyishly imaginative. Though he was an early writer published in Hugo Gernsback’s pulp magazines, his peak came in the 60’s and early 70’s when the revitalized boomer kids like myself were discovering his CITY and WAY STATION novels and The Big Front Yard novelette through The Science Fiction Book Club or Doubleday or Ballantine and Ace reissues.

While WAY STATION and CITY are definitive triumphs, after reading them you are going to go spelunking for nuggets like Time And Again, Ring Around The Sun, A Choice Of Gods, or the really bizarre All Flesh Is Grass; and of course some of the collected short stories. Clifford D Simak was the 3rd Grand Master of The Science Fiction Writers of America after Robert Heinlein and the great Jack Williamson.

Like his contemporary and other Midwestern Sci-Fi Guru Bradbury, Simak has an almost Mark Twain approach to writing, there is an easy humanity in his style and this is the attraction because Simak gives us characters who breathe and worry, laugh and take time to look at the vistas and panorama of the world. They have flaws and they learn how to rise above them, and they deal with obstacles and challenges with thought and wisdom and not with violence. If you are looking for shoot-em up action, Starship Troopers and Bug Invaders, look elsewhere. Clifford D. Simak is an intelligent writer with the strange willingness to concentrate on people and hopefulness, decency and compassion, curiosity and understanding. Clifford D. Simak was a cosmic consciousness kind of guy and his writing has been a source of inspiration to explore and discover.

While CITY began life as a short story series from the World War II years into the 50’s, he managed to magically interconnect them into a storyboard spanning over ten thousand years as a history of mankind generally, but of a certain family specifically, told through the framing device (as collected into a short story series now novelized together as a whole) of a mythology handed down by generations of dogs who have inherited the future of earth. This latest edition of CITY ends with a Coda, written by Simak in 1973 and not included in my original copy of City which I read as a teen and again in college. The Coda is a wonderful ending that truly polishes off the story in the best way possible.

WAY STATION on the other hand is one of the best science fiction novels, non-serialized, ever written and to my dismay, too many reviewers give away way too much of the storyline, one which should be approached almost blindly in order to get maximum pleasure from reading it. The novel unfolds with revelations and surprises that are key to the charm and entertainment of the reader. To their credit, when I purchased my copy in 1970 from the Science Fiction Book Club, they lauded the great writer Simak and only teased at the plot of the novel to sell it. Let’s just say that Enoch is a lot older than he appears and over time attracts undue attention to himself from the wrong people. This new trade paperback edition replacing my lost hardback copy, like the replacement for CITY, is handsomely and artistically bound.

Both books are well manufactured with quality paper and great typeface, easy to read for “tired eyes”. Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy gets my two thumbs up just for reissuing these two classics in such nicely made volumes. New readers of Simak will also appreciate the new Introduction in City which gives a brief but informative picture of Clifford D. Simak. Way Station has no introduction, just dive in and drink up!

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