Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Casual Shorts & the ISFdb Top Short Fiction #16: Light of Other Days by Bob Shaw
Shaw, Bob. "Light of Other Days." Analog Science Fiction--Science Fact, August 1966.
This article is part of my attempt to read the 155 stories currently (as of 1 November 2022) on the ISFdb's Top Short Fiction list. Please see the introduction and list of stories here. I am encouraging readers to rate the stories and books they have read on the ISFdb.
ISFdb Rating: 9.14/10
My Rating: 7/10
"Leaving the village behind, we followed the heady sweeps of the road up into a land of slow glass."
A good story overall, though predictable. I also wonder if the story intends to inform us the unhappy couple will see things differently and save their relationship in light of the farmer's tragedy, so that rather than the glass reflecting a special view, the farmer's life is reflecting potential happiness for their future, in contrast to the darkness of his past. This is a nice notion, but the bitterness between Garland and Selina seems to me too deep to salvage, and people do not change so easily, particularly ones as heard-headed as these two urbanites.