Short Science Fiction Story Review – Brian W Aldiss – Outside
1955 - Spoiler alerts
Six people have been trapped for many years in a strange house from fear of the World outside, and even wondering if there is a World outside any more.
Life in the house is dull but pleasant, though every move is closely watched by some unsen intelligence. Lights go out in rooms unused by any of the six, trapping them in small pockts of light surrounded by darkness. This is strangely evocative of modern day timer switch lighting.
Gradually, one man in the house gets curious about outside and contemplates escape, but he is in for a terrible shock, more about himself than life outside the house.
Aldiss was and still is fond of stories about people in restricted knowledge environments and variations on Plato’s Cave scenarios. This is quite a typical story in that mode with chilling predictions of the current reality TV craze.