Review: Way Station

Way Station
Way Station by Clifford D. Simak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is classic science fiction from a true master of the craft. Way Station is the story of Enoch, a veteran of the Civil War who is still alive, young and vital in the 20th century. At well over a hundred years old he appears as a young man. His secret is that he is the custodian of an alien station which connect Earth to the rest of the galaxy.
Enoch has spent long years expanding his mind by his interactions with aliens while remaining apart from his own race. Everything begins to change rapidly for him as the Earth races toward a new world war, a government agent begins investigating the immortal man in the woods and even his alien friends hint that the station itself may be shut down. Everything in his universe is rapidly disintegrating around him and he doesn’t know how a humble man of the prior century can fix any of it. This is a wonderful story about what it means to be human, what it means to be civilized.
The story is an older one and the style may not suit some readers only used to modern fiction but it is beautifully told and gives one the feel of a vast universe existing just beyond the page. We come to know Enoch and his inner struggle with his place in the universe and among humanity.
This is how science fiction was meant to be. If by the end of the tale you haven’t felt a sense of wonder and hope, you might be one of those who would run screaming from the Talisman. (You’ll have to read it to get the reference, sorry)

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