Way Station Author:Clifford D. SImak Enoch Wallace led a solitary life. He left his house only to collect his mail or take an occasional walk: his two Earthly acquaintances were the postman and a beautiful deaf-mute girl who could mend the broken wing of a butterfly. If his neighbors in the hills of Wisconsin thought it strange that he never seemed to grow older, they never spoke o... more »f it. He was, in fact, the keeper of of Way Station 18372.
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. For more than a century he carried out his duties flawlessly, having become so accustomed to the bizarre and wonderful creatures that passed through his materializer he saw nothing unusual in a plasm that communicated by changing its shape or a beetle that counted by clicking its mandibles. He passed many evenings listening to the to the fascinating tales of these travelers from the furthest reaches of space.
Then the outside world threatened to destroy the Way Station, and with it, man's last hope of avoiding cataclysmic self-annihilation. The CIA suddenly became interested in a Civil War veteran who looked younger than thirty, an alien corpse in his family cemetery, and a house whose windows could not be broken with an axe.« less