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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.
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   dimension travel--general    -   generally friendly contact with alien(s) Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   diplomat Age:    -   long lived adults


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   little dialog

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