A world away – a time away – today or tomorrow: this new collection of short stories from one of Britain’s most brilliant writers of SF ranges freely from earth to the planets and back again. Mr Aldiss turns his quizical eye alike on politics, technology and the poetry of existence; and he ends with a dying fall (Old Hundredth) which could not be surpassed by Bradbury himself. A perceptive introduction has something of interest and importance to say about the position of the SF writer in literature today.
An eight story collection, rather less powerful than its predecessor, The Canopy of Time, though remaining in print for twenty years before being phased out by Starswarm. The two most haunting stories are “A Kind of Artistry” and “Old Hundredth”, the latter written especially for number 100 of E. J. Carnell’s magazine, New Worlds.
FIRST EDITION: Faber & Faber, 1963