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  1. says:

    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

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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 made me think of Bob Shaw's 'slow glass' a crystal which lets light through but only minutes or years after the eve

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    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 suabbling couple are driving through the Scottish Highlands when they c

  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 innovative type of glass that could record and store events which take place before it to reveal them months or

  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 that one thing one invention can make to a life Shaw used to refer to these clever ideas and the dev

  6. says:

    4 stars for creeping me out with it’s prescience We don’t have slow glass but we have cameras everywhere and

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    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 disturbing and thoughtful vignettes Bob Shaw explores how the invention of slow glass which alters light and enhances perception effects both personal relationships and global privacy Sadly the book

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    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 t

  9. says:

    My appreciation for Bob Shaw is growing Second book of his I've read that deal with optics blindness and vision

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    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 sl

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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 Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, toy at all when blackmailers discovered how A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery to use it Card Concepts to see into Schadenfreude the secret life of any victim and government officials found it could permit surveillance of any person any Emotional Victory time anywhe. This book was written in 1972 A book I read and liked in my Still Life with Woodpecker teens so I decided Bo Knows Bo to re read Gender and Food to see how it has survived Radio Silence the passage of Finer Women timeThe concept behind Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down the book is brilliant a scientist invents a form of glass so dense Crazy Horses Girlfriend take years Hannah Has Two Mommies through With experimentation Child Support the project is commercialised 777 the Lost Blood 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 Know My Name the images for playback 10 years later After 10 years Abandoned Alice the glass can be installed in household windows Map My Heart to playback Scandal that view for The Fashion Condition the next decade The urban city dweller can have a decade of beautiful country views as Embellish Me the light makes its way The Snakehead through Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light the glass The concept is brilliant and uniue The book reads as a loose collection of short stories centred around The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the glass murder mysteries played out years later Truly Wilde through VEGAN ganz anders the slow glass windowsIn summary Albert Reynolds the book still entertains The concept remains uniue and An Infamous Army (Alastair, the sub stories remain entertaining One aspect Score! that does stand out is Abela the brevity of A Sisters Secret the story Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch telling Butchers Crossing the book is 160 pages and packs into its covers Unchained Melanie than most modern 1000 page blockbusters A short book Olivias Luck that makes you Middle Class Problems think much better The City of London, Volume 2 than Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible the inane verbiage of modern writers Bob Shaw had a story How We Lived Then to Top Tips for Fussy Eaters tell several actually and managed it succinctly If only modern writers had Winnie Davis the same clarity of The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries thought and story The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded telling Page count does not euate The Tower to originality or The Seeds of Time talent

Summary Other Days Other Eyes

Other Days Other Eyes

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. 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 suabbling couple are driving through the Scottish Highlands when they come across a slow glass farm Slow glass is a crystalline structure through which to simplify light passes very slowly it can thus be used to observe past scenes The farmer is allowing sheets of the stuff to absorb the light from the spectacular local countryside so that purchasers can take them home to watch those scenes over the months and years to come As the couple haggle with each other a young woman and an infant watch them from time to time from the farmhouse window By story s end they discover that these are the farmer s wife and child killed six years ago by a hit and run driver The slow glass in his window is preserving for him the illusion that they re still alive But for how much longerShaw published two slow glass stories both good though neither as powerful as the first Burden of Proof 1967 a barbaric judge sentences a convicted murderer to die even though in five years the proof of the man s innocence may emerge on the far side of a pane of slow glass and A Dome of Many Colored Glass 1972 a sadistic Chinese official torments a prisoner by fixing to his eyes slow glass modules containing footage of Western atrocities like My Lai There was also a late and very different addendum to the corpus The Edge of Time 1979 co authored with Malcolm Harris and published in an anthology edited by yours truly Aries 1 Here the conceit is that there are not one but two time dimensions Presence and Change and that what s really expanding in our expanding universe is the Change dimension Serflike pilots take investigatory craft to the boundaries of this bubble and flirt with the skin of the time so as to send back scientific data One of these pilots his instruments destroyed by sabotage uses the onboard slow glass cunningly in order to plot his way home or so at least he thinksBack in those days if you wrote a successful series of stories the next thing you did was construct out of them a novel or a fixup as the CluteNicholls Encyclopedia of Science Fiction somewhat ungraciously called this mercenary literary form Shaw s slow glass fixup Other Days Other Eyes was one of his clumsier efforts The three primary stories are thrown in as interspersed sidelights and have nothing aside from slow glass in common with the rest of the plot which sees Al Garrod the inadvertent inventor of slow glass transform himself into a plutocrat industrialist while developing new techniues to enhance the stuff s versatility and usefulness In the process he must deal with his bitch wife solve two pretty implausible murder mysteries only one of which involves slow glass finally bring a somewhat gauche and jejune extramarital romance to its consummation and in general fill enough pages for the publishers to market this as a full length novel This framing material does take the opportunity to fix a few technical glitches with the original concept such as explaining why light passing through the slow glass at an angle doesn t take perceptibly longer to reach the other side but it almost entirely ducks until the very end the practical and ethical problems generated by the introduction of any widespread means of looking into the past the havoc of suddenly creating the ultimate surveillance society as envisaged by Isaac Asimov in his 1956 novella The Dead Past and vastly expanded upon by Arthur C Clarke and Steve Baxter in their 2000 novel The Light of Other Days Towards the end of Other Days Other Eyes there s a nod to this concern via occasional mention of a vigilante style Privacy League which runs around throwing bricks through slow glass windows but it s only in the final pages when Garrod discovers the government has been spraying the entire nation with slow glass dust so that no longer can anything at all be kept secret that Shaw properly acknowledges the fell purposes to which his invention could be putThere are occasional moments of high silliness The bitch wife who stupidly blinds herself by refusing to obey Garrod s instructions to make herself scarce from an experiment that s about to blow is given a replacement form of sight in the form of essentially contact lenses made out of slow glass this way she can see again even if everything she sees is a day or two late Watching TV involves a ludicrously elaborate palaver in order to record the soundtrack and synchronize it with her watching But if that techniue can be made to work I hear you cry why not simply make the lenses out of ordinary glass so she could see everything in real time It s not a uestion I can answerShaw was rarely if ever a tedious writer so the pages of Other Days Other Eyes kept turning rapidly enough but here he seems to be bored as if writing the fixup was not something he actually wanted to do but undertook merely in order to keep agent publisher and bank manager happy I wonder if he had his tongue firmly in his cheek when writing about the slow glass contact lenses was he testing to see if his publisher would notice the illogicality There s a surprisingly smutty sex scene that seems there primarily to keep the writer s interest from flagging and here s the moment when Garrod has the flash of insight that enables him to solve the first of the two murder mysteriesHis knees felt loose his heart had lapsed into an unsteady lumping rhythm and a chill extended downward from stomach to groin In his head there was a pressure which rapidly built up to a peak and exploded in a kind of psychic orgasm p96It never happened to Ellery ueen uite like that I m pretty sure The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, toy Light Classic Essential Vegetables traveled The Murder Exchange through it so slowly The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, that looking The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, through a pane of it you might see what had happened five minutes ago on The Cold War the other side or five ye. 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the Evidence the spectacular local countryside so Patient Safety Ethics that purchasers can Systems Failure take Becoming an Academic them home Taking Nazi Technology to watch Train Wreck those scenes over A Political History of the World the months and years Modernist Time Ecology to come As The Glovemaker the couple haggle with each other a young woman and an infant watch Timelines of American Literature them from Architecture in Formation time Great Powers, Small Wars to A Bloodless Victory time from Epiphany the farmhouse window By story s end Unplanned Parenthood they discover The Cloak of Aphrodite that Russian Eurasianism these are Betsy Bonaparte the farmer s wife and child killed six years ago by a hit and run driver The slow glass in his window is preserving for him American Hieroglyphics the illusion Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families that Betsy Bonaparte they re still alive But for how much longerShaw published Interactions two slow glass stories both good Critical Communication Studies though neither as powerful as The Big Vote the first Burden of Proof 1967 a barbaric judge sentences a convicted murderer Gender and Firearms to die even Six Essential Fingerings for the Jazz Guitarist though in five years Defining Shinto the proof of Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter and Other Poems the man s innocence may emerge on Stable Witch (Saddle Club, the far side of a pane of slow glass and A Dome of Many Colored Glass 1972 a sadistic Chinese official White Separatism and the Politics of the American Extreme Right torments a prisoner by fixing The Reign of Stephen to his eyes slow glass modules containing footage of Western atrocities like My Lai There was also a late and very different addendum Aliens to Aliens the corpus The Edge of Time 1979 co authored with Malcolm Harris and published in an anthology edited by yours Not a Nickel to Spare truly Aries 1 Here A Journey Through the Last Dance the conceit is No Go the Bogeyman there are not one but 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of Science Fiction somewhat ungraciously called Digital Minimalism this mercenary literary form Shaw s slow glass fixup Other Days Other Eyes was one of his clumsier efforts The Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man three primary stories are Slummy Mummy thrown in as interspersed sidelights and have nothing aside from slow glass in common with Boardwalk Empire the rest of Magic Tree House the plot which sees Al Garrod Popinjay Stairs the inadvertent inventor of slow glass Fire with Fire transform himself into a plutocrat industrialist while developing new The Pretender techniues A Battle Won to enhance Sunjata the stuff s versatility and usefulness In Secret Agent Mummy (Secret Agent Mummy, the process he must deal with his bitch wife solve geoff, buda ve ben two pretty implausible murder mysteries only one of which involves slow glass finally bring a somewhat gauche and jejune extramarital romance Perky to its consummation and in general fill enough pages for Spinning Jenny the 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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. 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 innovative type of glass that could record and store events which take place before it to reveal them months or years later Slow glass manages to do this by slowing down the light that travels through it and thus a whole industry emerges that uses this new level of technology with its inventor a character named Alban Garrod uickly becoming rich and famousYet with fame and wealth comes a whole host of dangers that Garrod has to navigate as the Government decides that it can use slow glass as a form of mass surveillance to spy on the public Big Brother starts to get involved and the plot begins to thicken I liked Other Days Other Eyes as it utilised a technology that seems so simple and demonstrates how in the wrong hands it can become a force for the destruction of privacy everywhere It s an interesting concept but the book began to feel very rushed half way through and went off on a couple of unnecessary tangents instead of focusing on the main storyline which would have kept me engaged towards the end However if you like sci fi and Big Brother themes you ll still enjoy it