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[Bob Shaw] Other Days Other Eyes [literary fiction Book] Ebook

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Slow glass was an amusing scientific toy Light traveled through it so slowly that looking through a pane of it you might see what had happened five minutes ago on the other side or five ye At last year s Boring conference a concrete enthusiast demonstrated a block which did some very strange things with light and made me think of Bob Shaw s slow glass a crystal which lets light through but only minutes or years after the event so that you re left with a literal window on the past This book features his original short stories on the theme included as sidelights in a short novel about the inventor of slow glass Which serves largely to confirm that the short stories or at least the first two were much satisfying poignant vignettes using this one sort of plausible sounding technology as a perfect reification of that human need to revisit the past and of the way that need can trap us Imagine if you could look at your wall and see the snows of yesteryear right there And of course to some extent you now can there are all sorts of ways we re now closer to a slow glass world than we were when this was published in 1972 from catch up TV and Facebook memories through big HD screens with moving screensavers to the ubiuity of tiny surveillance devices That last one is particularly intriguing in a manner recalling the way Bester or Niven worked through the social conseuences of teleportation Shaw does likewise with slow glass and envisions meetings held in pitch darkness where all high flyers have to learn braille Perfectly sound science fictional thinking but nah turns out we re not actually that fussed we just got used to leaks and saved the darkness for novelty restaurants Beyond that you have the usual charming errors for this era of SF videophones but no mobiles as well as some less charming ones especially on the gender roles Even for the time the shrewish suffocating wilfully ignorant wife seems pretty retrograde and as for the lowly but lovely worker the wealthy protagonist propositions repeatedly on a work callI suspect that would have been winceworthy well before Weinstein Not that the men have much depth to them in the novel at least they re all fairly interchangeable men s men from the school of B movie business andor science But sod the people it s those farms of slow windows drinking in the views that make this book the panes of daylight replacing the electric light above the freeway Plus in my own little window on the past I now finally have my own copy of one of the yellow Gollancz SF hardbacks

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Other Days Other Eyes

No toy at all when blackmailers discovered how to use it to see into the secret life of any victim and government officials found it could permit surveillance of any person any time anywhe This book was written in 1972 A book I read and liked in my teens so I decided to re read to see how it has survived the passage of timeThe concept behind the book is brilliant a scientist invents a form of glass so dense that light can take years to pass through With experimentation the project is commercialised to produce a new product slow glass Ten year slow glass windows for example can be set over a beautiful harbour or mountain view for a decade storing the images for playback 10 years later After 10 years the glass can be installed in household windows to playback that view for the next decade The urban city dweller can have a decade of beautiful country views as the light makes its way through the glass The concept is brilliant and uniue The book reads as a loose collection of short stories centred around the glass murder mysteries played out years later through the slow glass windowsIn summary the book still entertains The concept remains uniue and the sub stories remain entertaining One aspect that does stand out is the brevity of the story telling the book is 160 pages and packs into its covers than most modern 1000 page blockbusters A short book that makes you think much better than the inane verbiage of modern writers Bob Shaw had a story to tell several actually and managed it succinctly If only modern writers had the same clarity of thought and story telling Page count does not euate to originality or talent

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Ars It stopped being a toy when great new jeliners began to crash caraccidents multiplied astronomically and a mounting toll of deaths and disasters revealed its true potential And it was Is it an anthology or a fix up Does it matter Shaw came up with a simple idea which in the hands of another author may have resulted in one decent story Shaw does than that He spends time thinking through the implications not for great pyrotechnical sci fi effect but for ordinary people the small differences that one thing one invention can make to a life Shaw used to refer to these clever ideas and the development of them as the wee thinky bits and learned to use them to great effect as here where the human drama plays out against a background of one of the cleverest and simplest concepts in SF


10 thoughts on “Other Days Other Eyes

  1. says:

    Science fiction writers often miss out on the credit they're due for correctly predicting the future just because they got o

  2. says:

    At last year's Boring conference a concrete enthusiast demonstrated a block which did some very strange things with light and made me think of Bob Shaw's 'slow glass' a crystal which lets light through but only minutes or years after the event so that you're left with a literal window on the past This book features his original short stories on the theme included as 'sidelights' in a short novel about the inven

  3. says:

    Bob Shaw's story Light of Other Days 1966 is one of the great classics of science fiction In a mere ten pages or so it succeeded in introducing a brand new concept to sf a rarer even than many of us would like to think while

  4. says:

    Other Days Other Eyes is another of those 'forgotten' 70s science fiction novels that I've been hunting down recently This was one of Bob Shaw's sci fi classics as it explored this new concept of 'slow glass' an innovative type of glass that could record and store events which take place before it to reveal them months or years later Slow glass manages to do this by slowing down the light that travels through

  5. says:

    Is it an anthology or a fix up Does it matter Shaw came up with a simple idea which in the hands of another aut

  6. says:

    4 stars for creeping me out with it’s prescience We don’t have slow glass but we have cameras everywhere and social media pressuring us to relieve us of our own privacy for the edification of people who shouldn’t matter to us anyway Some bits of excellent writing flashes of beautifully crafted sentences and images that will stay with me a while Sexist in the way that SFF in the 70s all seemed to be but not jarring enough t

  7. says:

    Occasionally you read a science fiction book that not only explores the future but holds up a dark mirror to our past In a series of disturbing and thoughtful vignettes Bob Shaw explores how the invention of slow glass which alters light and enhances perception effects both personal relationships and global privacy Sadly t

  8. says:

    This book was written in 1972 A book I read and liked in my teens so I decided to re read to see how it has survived the passage of timeThe concept behind the book is brilliant a scientist invents a form of glass so dense that light can take years to pass through With experimentation the project is commercialised

  9. says:

    My appreciation for Bob Shaw is growing Second book of his I've read that deal with optics blindness and vision Alban Garrod is a scientist that discovered some sort of glass that delays the passage of visible radiation through it A series of intertwined plots regarding the glass properties applied to criminal cases and the main character's struggle to free himself from the shackles of a marriage for convenience are well narrat

  10. says:

    This is one of the best science fiction books I have ever read and I read a lot of science fiction I think about this book often The idea of slow glass and its impact on how the characters behave and react to it was very realistic 1010 would recommend to anyone who loves sci fi and introspection

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