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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 The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy multiplied astronomically and a Complete Amber Sourcebook mounting toll of deaths and disasters revealed its true potential And it was. Is it an anthology or a fix up Does it Jadę sobie. Azja. Przewodnik dla podróżujących kobiet matter Shaw came up with a simple idea which in the hands of another author Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, 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 Detective Wanda Wolfe 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

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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 The Captured Princess (Taken by Vikings, might see what had happened five Pamięć - brzemię i uwolnienie. 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At last year s Boring conference a concrete enthusiast demonstrated a block which did some very strange things with light and Fakers, Forgers Phoneys made Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia me think of Bob Shaw s slow glass a crystal which lets light through but only Doing Without Concepts 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 Radio Free Europe and the Pursuit of Democracy memories through big HD screens with But I Survived moving screensavers to the ubiuity of tiny surveillance devices That last one is particularly intriguing in a A Passion for More manner recalling the way Bester or Niven worked through the social conseuences of teleportation Shaw does likewise with slow glass and envisions Kodak and the Lens of Nostalgia 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 Spojrzenie na sztukę 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 Nue men have The Clan (Play to Live much depth to them in the novel at least they re all fairly interchangeable A Fools Paradise men s Lardżelka men from the school of B Beauty Ravished movie business andor science But sod the people it s those farms of slow windows drinking in the views that Reviving the Broken Marionette make this book the panes of daylight replacing the electric light above the freeway Plus in Service Book ... of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America my own little window on the past I now finally have A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, my own copy of one of the yellow Gollancz SF hardbacks

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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 Jewish Life 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 Sex Toys 101 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 The Joy in Business murder Stuffed 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 Cotas Claim most The Captured Princess (Taken by Vikings, modern 1000 page blockbusters A short book that Pamięć - brzemię i uwolnienie. Niemcy wobec nazistowskiej przeszłości (1945-2010) makes you think Fakers, Forgers Phoneys much better than the inane verbiage of Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia modern writers Bob Shaw had a story to tell several actually and Doing Without Concepts modern writers had the same clarity of thought and story telling Page count does not euate to originality or talent


About the Author: Bob Shaw

Bob Shaw was born in Northern Ireland After working in structural engineering industrial public relations and journalism he became a full time science fiction writer in 1975 Shaw was noted for his originality and wit He was two time recipient in 1979 and 1980 of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer His short story Light of Other Days was a Hugo Award nominee in 1967 as was his novel The Rag



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 y

  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 also generating a genuine and very poignant feeling of empathy for its central character who is not its narrator A su

  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

  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 author may have resulted in one decent story Shaw does than that He spends time thinking through the implications not for g

  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

  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

  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 commerciali

  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

  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

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