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Beautifully written, gentle, simple, human and timeless,
This review is from: Way Station (Gollancz Collectors' Editions) (Paperback)
This would make a lousy hollywood blockbuster. No explosions, no galactic warships, no evil aliens, no shoot outs or car chases, no impressive special effects, no sex.
But it makes a wonderful book.
This is typical Simak at his best - sci-fi in your backyard - in this case literally. Its a gentle tale of an ordinary guy living in an ordinary place who happens to have an extraordinary job - stationmaster for a branch line of an intergalactic matter transmitter highway. The station is in his back room.
If that idea makes you smile then you will love this low-key gentle adventure. I read it first time about 30 years ago, it has stuck in my mind ever since. On re-reading it hasnt lost any of its charm.
I just wish there were more books like this one. It's simple narrative style is full of genuine humanity.
If we ever need a galactic ambassador I hope we can find someone like Enoch Wallace - or even Simak himself. Someone whose home-spun philosophy: that people are people whatever their colour, shape, size and number of eyes is above the petty power mongering that the adversaries in this book epitomise.
Lighten your day by reading something warm and fulfilling. This is a great and timeless little classic.