John Wyndham: The Seeds of Time

A collection of ten short stories, first published in 1956. The genre being science fiction, they seem to have grown outdated more quickly than is usual in other styles, but they are old-fashioned in the pleasant, even charming way. Sometimes almost ghastly, sometimes humourous, but always in the old reserved English way: no massacres, no slapsticks, occasionally mixing the ghastly and the humorous together.

In short, nothing sensational, but even after all those decades a solidly good read. The oustanding story is Time to Rest, which even more than the others uses the genre simply as a background, rather than an aim.

 

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