Title: Way Station
Author: Clifford D. Simak
Genre: Science Fiction
Why did you get this book? Because I like Simak’s work.
Did you enjoy the book? Yes. I am not sure why but this is one my all time favorite science fiction books. I have read it many times.
Was the author new to you? No. I had previously read this book, Shakespeare’s Planet, The Goblin Reservation, Cemetry World and Highway of Eternity.
Would you read something by this author again? Definitely.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? I am keeping it. I revisit this book every now and again.
Anything else? A study of loneliness. A civil war veteran is employed as the caretaker of an interstellar way station. Though living a life in lonely seclusion he is getting more and more noticed. Things come to a head as problems of both Earthly and galactic sources tower up. In one of the subplots a traveler has died while at the way station. Out hero is instructed to dispose of the body “as if he was one of your own”. He does this and marks the grave stone with this epitaph:
Here lies one from a distant star, but the soil is not alien to him, for in death he belongs to the Universe.
I like that a lot. Something about it resonates in me.
Number of pages: 189
Total pages for the year: 2572