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Clifford D Simak


Way Station
Year 1963
Publisher Pan  (Victor Gollancz)  (Methuen)
ISBN 0413369005



Winner of the Hugo Award

The inhabitants of the alien planets had many benefits to offer Earth - and were willing to share them if only Earth society showed signs of becoming adequately civilized.

As the only Earthman in touch with the rest of the universe, the keeper of Way Station 18327 was beginning to hope that his fellow men might at last prove worthy.  Then his plans started to go wrong - beginning with a grave robbery and ending on the night an ignorant and violent mob threatened to penetrate the innermost secrets of the Way Station ...




A vaulting imagination that spans the universe in a leap of creative thought.
A profound feeling for the Earth we live on.
A sense of the one-ness, not just of humanity but of all life.

This is the combination that underlies Simak's work and gives it its unique appeal.  Way Station is one of his finest.  It tells how, in a remote part of an obscure and somewhat primitive planet, an inter-galactic transfer station is set up.  The effects are not only wholly unexpected but momentous far beyond the dreams of its constructors.



Astronauts Neil Armstrong and David R. Scott, assisted by U.S. Navy divers, await the arrival of the recovery ship after completion of their Gemini 8 mission.



Credit: NASA

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Astronauts Neil Armstrong and David R. Scott sit with their spacecraft hatches open while awaiting the arrival of the recovery ship, the USS Leonard F. Mason, after the successful completion of their Gemini 8 mission. They're assisted by rescue personnel. The overhead view shows the Gemini 8 spacecraft with the yellow flotation collar attached to stabilize the spacecraft in choppy seas. The green marker dye is highly visible from the air and is used as a locating aid.

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