There are quite a few interesting ideas here, which then get suffocated with some real stuffy, fuddy-duddy writing.
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Chronoclasm - 1 star Time To Rest - 3. Mar 07, Leah rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction , Sci-fi as it used to be Though always categorised as sci-fi, John Wyndham was probably one of the least science-based writers of the genre. His stories might take the reader towards the fantasy side of sci-fi on occasion, but a Sci-fi as it used to be This collection, originally published in , brings together ten stories, ranging from comedy to horror, with touches of romance and occasionally social commentary built in.
But most of the stories are more than strong enough to stand alone and even the weaker ones are well worth reading. Wyndham is a great storyteller and the variety in this book allows him to show off his impressive versatility.
The stories are:- Chronoclasm — a story that addresses the paradoxes inherent in time travel and throws in a nice little romantic comedy along the way. Time to Rest — the tale of a human stranded on Mars after the destruction of Earth, and how his perceptions of the indigenous Martians gradually change as he struggles to accept his situation.
Meteor — a threatened species sends explorers out into space to find a new home, and the planet they find is Earth. Comedy and tragedy all rolled into one — a beautifully imaginative story, this one. Survival — when a systems failure leaves a spacecraft drifting in space, the passengers and crew must find a way to eke out their food supplies till help arrives. Gruesome, horrific and yet kinda fun too… Pawley's Peepholes — the people of the future find a way to visit the present and treat it like a peepshow, popping up in the most unexpected and unwelcome places.
How will the people of the present respond? A comedy with a satirical edge. This is Wyndham at his most romantic, and more than any other I found this story felt very dated. Still enjoyable though. Pillar to Post — time travel again, but this time by body swapping with people from the past. Imaginative and with a lot of humour, but this story also takes a rather grim look at the horrific injuries some soldiers were left with after the Second World War.
Dumb Martian — our nasty narrator buys a Martian woman to take with him on his solitary five-year posting to an uninhabited moon orbiting Jupiter. Fooled by the shape of her face into thinking Lellie is stupid, the narrator is soon to discover he has under-estimated her. Compassion Circuit — a future when robots have been designed to take care of all our needs, including health-care. A theme that has recurred many times in sci-fi over the last half-century, and handled with a lovely touch of horror here.
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Not the most successful of the stories in terms of entertainment but still interesting. Highly recommended. Aug 31, Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing Shelves: released , read-in Whereas Wyndham may now be best remembered for his novel Day of the Triffids clearly his strenghth as a story teller lay in the short story rather than the novel.
These stories, the longest of which is thirty pages, each of which starts on the notion of "what if Though the threat of a temporal paradox is presented, the story ends up playing out as if paradoxes cannot come into being leaving the reader to ponder if man really has as much free will as he thinks he does. Here the Martians are native humanoids, tall, graceful and cultured. The main character is an expatriot Earthman living the sort of life one of Hemingway's characters would have lived if he had written science fiction. It's really just a lovely mood piece. METEOR: Meteor plays on the notions of perception and assumption as it follows the disasterous attempt of a slow ship to colonize a far away world.
It has all of the classic themes of man's inhumanity to man and monster within that is released when one's existence is threatened. It is the second story that features Mars but here Mars is an unattainable goal. What would happen if people from the future decided to turn the past into one giant theme park? How would the citizens of the past react? This story works around the idea of different futures arising from different outcomes to decisions. Can true love sort things out when fates goes horribly pear shaped?
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Here a man gets a brief chance to live in the future when he is mistakenly transmitted into a distant future. Although the future society is no Eutopia it is better than his life in the past. How hard will he fight to keep his future life and do they really want him in the future? It's not particularly unique or clever but still chilling. The book ends on a whimper. Cecilia Flores: About 30 years ago I read a great story about a girl who travels from future to meet her grand grand grand father.
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She receives a letter from him when she is 18 years old or something like that and in this letter he declare his love to her, so she travels to the past to meet him. I think I remember that he is the narrator of the story, and it begins when he sees her in the street. He think that she has 2 things different from people around her: her shoes and her hair and both Cecilia Flores: About 30 years ago I read a great story about a girl who travels from future to meet her grand grand grand father.
He think that she has 2 things different from people around her: her shoes and her hair and both details are explained after by her.
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The story is beautiful, like "when you care, when you love" by Theodore Sturgeon, I really would like to find the name of the author or the story if you can help me. Cecilia Flores: found it! In fact, all of these are worth reading. Really neat speculations about how fantastic events can affect humans and humanity I've read it twice now and am parting with it reluctantly as I cull my shelves.
Btw, I did finish several days ago, but have been trying to come up with actual review type comments Short stories aren't usually my favourite genre as I find in most books I've read, that they are hit and miss at the best of times.
en.jineqamumeqy.ga However, on the whole, I must say that I enjoyed every story in this collection by John Wyndham. Not only can he write an excellent story, like in The Day of the Triffids, The Chrysalids and others, he has also displayed the knack of telling as interesting a story when using the short story format. The stories are mixed nicely; there is humour, drama and down right Short stories aren't usually my favourite genre as I find in most books I've read, that they are hit and miss at the best of times.
The stories are mixed nicely; there is humour, drama and down right creepiness in some. They range from space travel, time travel, mind transference to robot stories. Every one was interesting, to the point, well-written and enjoyable to read. Highly recommend The Seeds of Time to anybody.
This is a short story collection that is, I dare say, much less famous than Wyndham's novels. It is, however, worth hunting down if you like those novels. As is often the case with short story collections, The Seeds of Time shows greater range than all of the author's novels together although Wyndham was just one of several pseudonyms used by this author and I haven't read any of the others.
View all 4 comments. This is the first time I've read any of Wyndham's short stories and my overall take on it is I can see why he is remembered more for his novels. There are some quite good stories in here. I particularly liked "Opposite Number", Wyndhams attempt to grapple with the complex subject of parallel universes, and "Dumb Martian" that is quite unusually written from the point of view of the antagonist. To his credit, the author attempts to explode some ridiculously dated views of women in many of these st This is the first time I've read any of Wyndham's short stories and my overall take on it is I can see why he is remembered more for his novels.
To his credit, the author attempts to explode some ridiculously dated views of women in many of these stories. Views so ridiculous that one would not even bother sending them up nowadays. Then again, in other stories that didn't focus on feminist themes, his own intrinsic prejudices about women linger not far below the surface. Some of the stories just come across as quite dated and obvious the the modern reader, valuable as little more than historical curiosities but none of them are terrible and probably worth a read, especially to Wyndham fans.
Aug 29, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: speculative-fiction , short-stories-novellas. Pretty classic sorts of SF stories here: not space opera, but messing around with the idea of time travel and parallel universes, that sort of thing. None of them are all that surprising, but some of them are quite clever anyway.
John Wyndham's writing is very easy to read, I've found -- you sit down for five minutes and find you've read for over an hour and your gate's just being announced over the loudspeakers. It's easy going, and surprisingly rewarding -- and the stories here aren't quite so Pretty classic sorts of SF stories here: not space opera, but messing around with the idea of time travel and parallel universes, that sort of thing.
It's easy going, and surprisingly rewarding -- and the stories here aren't quite so much all of a piece with his novels -- they don't share all the same themes as The Kraken Wakes, Day of the Triffids and the Chrysalids. Less apocalypse, more space travel. Of course, they're quite all of a piece ish with each other, by virtue of that. May 25, R. I bought this only because tucked in the pages was a letter from describing a mad party. View all 12 comments.
Oct 20, Alex rated it liked it. I read the Penguin Classics version of this collection, which has apparently undergone several incarnations with different iterations of the table of contents. Some of the other shifts from whimsy to unblinking brutality cause the reader whiplash over the course of the collection. Precision machined deconstruction of humanity.
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