Way Station Author:Clifford D. Simak An ageless hermit runs a secret way station for alien visitors in the Wisconsin woods. — Enoch Wallace is not like other humans, he's the keeper of Earth's only galactic transfer station. Living a secluded life in the backwoods of Wisconsin, he carries a nineteenth-century rifle and never seems to age, a fact that has recently caugh... more »t the attention of prying government eyes. The truth is, Enoch is the last surviving veteran of the American Civil War and, for close to a century, since he was recruited by an alien being named Ulysses, he has operated a secret way station for aliens passing through on journeys to other stars. But the gifts of knowledge and immortality that his intergalactic guests have bestowed upon him are proving to be a nightmarish burden, for they have opened Enoch's eyes to humanity's impending destruction. Now Enoch studied the progress of Earth as he tended the tanks where the aliens appeared, and the charts he made indicated that his world was doomed. His alien friends could only offer help that seemed worse than the dreaded disaster. Then he discovered the horror that lived across the galaxy . . .
Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel, Way Station is a magnificent example of the fine art of science fiction as practiced by a revered Grand Master. A cautionary tale that is at once ingenious, evocative, and compassionately human, it brilliantly supports the contention of the late, great Robert A. Heinlein that "to read science-fiction is to read Simak".« less