WAY STATION. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1963. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Signed by Simak. "A Civil War veteran who farms a lonely corner of Wisconsin is contacted by aliens who want him to become the keeper of their interstellar 'way station.' He agrees, and they reward him with longevity. A simply written, deeply felt pastoral which shows this author at his best." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 412. "The story gets its effect from casual juxtaposition of bizarre alien visitors and artifacts with realistic southwestern Wisconsin locale. It carries Simak's perennial message that all sentient beings can and must get along, or perish; the various galactic races face the same danger from themselves as do Earth's own warring peoples. A sentimental but effective story." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1032. Winner of the 1964 Hugo award for best novel. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 39. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2429-32. Neat owner's signature in ink at top edge of front free endpaper. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with just a touch of soiling to white background. Rarely found signed and in superior condition. (#111796).
First edition so stated on copyright page.