First off I want to announce a slight change in format for the blog. Starting this week, I will be posting reviews of short stories during the week. Sunday's post will be a look back at the stories reviewed during the week.
Light of Other Days by Bob Shaw
First printing: Analog, August 1966
In my continuing quest to try to reduce the list of author's I have never read, I tried Bob Shaw's "Light of Other Days". Wow. This is what a science fiction short story should be. Somehow, in roughly 3,000 words, Shaw has introduced an interesting concept (slow glass), shown the impact on society, and told a touching personal story that is directly the result of the concept. Shaw has given us the blueprint for a great science fiction story.
I know that slow glass is not a hard science concept. The idea of glass that can slow light to the point where the image coming through the glass can be years old is a fascinating framework to build a story on. I will be reading more of Bob Shaw's stories in the future.
The next time someone says that a complete story can not be told in a short space, hand them this story.