WAY STATION. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1963. Octavo, cloth. First edition. "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. Slight spine lean, a nearly fine copy in very good white dust jacket which has been neatly, but needlessly, backed with Japanese rice paper. The lower edge of the front flap is clipped and the Doubleday $3.50 printed price is on a tiny price sticker affixed at the top right edge of the front flap. This is an example of the correct first printing jacket, not a book club jacket. (#161246).
First edition so stated on copyright page.