One of Clifford Simak's signature works, Way Station is about Enoch Wallace, a civil war veteran. An alien offers him immortality in exchange for his maintaining a "Way Station", sort of a train depot for Galactic Central's matter transmitter, in his Wisconsin farmhouse. The story deals with the truth about him coming out, and the lonely life he leads. As with most of Clifford's works, it is a tale not of action but of thoughtful discourse, often just the character's thoughts. Written in the shadows of the Cuban Missile Crisis, it presents ideas -- and hopes -- that are still valid today. Way Station is almost 40 years old, but it is classic intellectual sci-fi at it's best; it's old, but not tired.
This report prepared by Kim Marks