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T was 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 anywhere. 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 The Teams Milking Cow of any victim and government A Wolfs Desire Reluctant Mates officials found it could permit surveillance Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) of any person any time anywhere. 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 Zenith of timeThe concept behind the book is brilliant a scientist invents a form A Pale Light in the Black 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 Signaler un problème over a beautiful harbour Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves 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 Spieserye 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 Feral of short stories centred around the glass murder mysteries played Krismis van Map Jacobs 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 Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods out is the brevity Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche 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 Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, of modern writers Bob Shaw had a story to tell several actually and managed it succinctly If Mensa Riddles Conundrums only modern writers had the same clarity Julie of the Wolves of thought and story telling Page count does not euate to The Right Swipe originality Touched or talent

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Ide or five years 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 i. 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

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Slow glass was an amusing scientific toy Light traveled through it so slowly that looking through a Other Days PDFEPUB or pane of it you might see what had happened five minutes ago on the other s. Science fiction writers often miss out on the credit they re due for correctly predicting the future just because they got one niggling little detail wrong No fan of hard SF should have been surprised by WikiLeaks it was obvious that sooner or later technology was going to make it impossible to keep secrets The only uestion was the nature of the technology usedWell TL Sherred probably got there first with his classic 1947 short E For Effort and then there was Isaac Asimov in 1956 with The Dead Past In both of these stories people invent a gizmo time viewer or chronoscope depending on the version which allows you to view arbitrary scenes from the past Of course the past starts just a microsecond ago so you can also see the present and spy on everyone Both Sherred and Asimov see the government as grabbing the invention and using it for their nefarious ends Then in this 1972 novel Shaw comes up with a new method The hero accidentally invents a form of glass which slows down light to a crawl Light going in emerges days months or even years later People uickly think up clever applications You can have street lights that don t need any power just releasing at night the light that came in during the daytime An industry springs up for slow glass picture windows You put the sheet of glass in a scenic location let it soak up several years of pretty views and then sell it to city folks who are tired of looking at the parking lot Eventually people realise that slow glass is the ultimate camera no moving parts at all so it can be microminiaturized and mass produced at low cost Yet another nefarious government sprays slow glass dust everywhere so everyone is under constant surveillance wherever they are Though bizarrely I think this turns out to be a Good Thing because it lets the hero leave his nasty wife and take up instead with his hot secretary Well it was the early 70sAnyway for whatever reason hardly anyone predicted the rise of the personal computer and the Internet so they missed the obvious solution No need to bend the laws of physics Just make computers so cheap and easy to operate that everyone uses them to store all their sensitive information then link them together in a fast network that allows a disgruntled employee to send a thousand pages worth of dirt around the world in a couple of seconds Amazing we didn t think of that But honestly does it matter I think Sherred Asimov and Shaw essentially figured it out before the rest of us even realised there might be a problem A for alertness And how come not one journalist this week has mentioned them


About the Author: Bob Shaw

Bob Shaw was born in Northern Ireland After working in structural engineering industrial public relations and journalism Other Days PDF/EPUB or he became a full time science fiction writer in Shaw was noted for his originality and wit He was two time recipient in and of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer His short story Light of Other Days was a Hugo Award nominee in 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

  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

  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 characte

  4. says:

    Other Days Other Eyes is another of those 'forgotten' 70s science fiction novels that I've been hunting down recently This

  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 great pyrotechnical sci fi effect but for ordinary people; the small differences t

  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 an

  7. says:

    Occasionally you read a science fiction book that not only explores the future but holds up a dark mirror to ou

  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 surviv

  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

  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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