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Short Science Fiction Story Review – Brian W Aldiss – A Book In Time

1955 – The Friday Project Press – Spoiler alerts

Aldiss is one of the giants of British science fiction, and still writing in his 90’s. A Book In Time is among his earliest works.

It features a book-seller pursuing a suspected shoplifter only to find the thief is from a hundred years in the future, which he ends up visiting when he ends up on the time-thief’s time machine.

The hero discovers a future where books have been outlawed and mostly destroyed but doting antiquarians repopulate book-shelves by taking books from our time.

Not an accurate or prophetic vision of the future given that here are no references to electronic book readers but a lovely vision of the importance of maintaining the arts by any means possible, even time-travel.

Arthur Chappell

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seren3 wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:29 AM

I'm glad to think that time travelers might risk coming back here (or to the '50's) and getting caught as a petty thief, for a book!

Koalemos wrote on January 8, 2015, 11:58 AM

I was an avid reader of Brian Aldiss when I was younger, but do not know this particular story.

BodieMor wrote on January 8, 2015, 11:08 PM

I remember reading this a long, long time ago, perhaps in an anthology. How lovely that he is still alive and writing!

scheng1 wrote on January 9, 2015, 9:01 AM

I think students will be very happy if ever books are outlawed.

crowntower wrote on February 12, 2015, 6:08 AM

Wow I think the story is cool, and I think he does not know that there will be electronic books in the future. But I really admire his bran for keep on writing until his 90s. He is a surely a writer who really love his profession and passion.