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The Street that Wasn't There

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  122 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
First published in Comet, July 1941.
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Published May 2012 by Last Word Audio (first published July 1st 1941)
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Debbie Zapata
Aug 01, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pg
A very short story with an interesting concept: what if our collective awareness of the world around us was the
only thing that kept that world anchored in reality? And what if something happened to a huge proportion of the population, causing that awareness to weaken? Could our world disappear? Or be absorbed by other beings? What would happen to the remaining people? Does anyone understand what is going on? Can anyone stop it? Or will we all simply fade awa
I discovered this book from one of my goodreads friends, Cheryl, and since there is a most unfortunate pause in my e-book binge re-read of Harry Potter, courtesy of my library, I read this short story last night. I *really* liked it and probably will re-read it again later today or tonight. It's definitely has a good Twilight Zone vibe.

This book is a public domain title. If you have an e-reader, you can download the short story for free.
May 03, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a fascinating story, reminiscent of the work of writers like Philip K. Dick or Stephen King. It's about a man who, after spending twenty years as a recluse because of a book he'd written, finds that the very theories and ideas he'd been ridiculed for were coming true.

This story explores the unique idea that, although science has shown that matter cannot be created or destroyed, perhaps it is shaped by the collective minds or intelligence of those who inhabit it. Our world--our universe--
Dec 05, 2012 Roybot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was very much a mid century sci-fi story, and everything that comes with that. The premise is intriguing--a reclusive man out on his evening walk discovers that a shop he regularly visits is gone. Not just closed, but completely vanished, as though it never existed. More disturbing, the road that it was on has also vanished. What used to span three blocks is now two.

Sadly, the third act is... less intriguing. The revelation about what is happening to the world and the vanishing streets is
Brian Palmer
Jul 25, 2015 Brian Palmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Existential horror in 20 pages -- a master demonstrating building a society compactly before tearing it down. (There's a slight weakness in that the details are explained by a book that it's hard to imagine actually having been written, but eh).
An interesting story about a former professor's experience with a changing reality. The premise is that reality is a construct of human perception, and the loss of a large percentage of human beings in the world due to war and disease leads to a breakdown of the professor's world. Deep.
Nov 09, 2012 Smita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant story about the power of human persuasion. Reminds me of The Twilight Zone.
Don't read this if you are debating the nature of reality. Just don't.
Perry Whitford
Mr. Chambers, once a professor of metaphysics, had for the twenty years since his dismissal lived a reclusive, solitary life, only venturing outside his room for his daily walk and cigar. Then one day, inexplicably, he forgot to buy the cigar, the walk took fifteen minutes less.

Determined to make sure he doesn't make the same mistake again and miss the street where he buys his daily cigar he sets out the next day. Then the truth hits him - the street isn't there anymore. Furthermore, all the ot
Jun 05, 2015 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, pulp, fiction
Mr. Jonathan Chambers is a creature of habit. At 7 p.m., he leaves his home and goes for a walk, stopping at the Red Star confectionary to buy himself a Rose Trofero perfecto before he walks back. He arrives home at 7:45. He lives alone. He unplugged the radio long ago and doesn’t read the newspapers.

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May 03, 2016 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Interesante lectura breve, demasiado breve quizá, en la que se muestra una interesante teoría que quizá merecía más desarrollo. Pero son estos relatos cortos que te dejan pensando, especulando, imaginando, las que son especiales.
Patrick Gibson
Jan 17, 2016 Patrick Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Beautiful well-crafted story about the power of human persuasion. Some imagery and ideas here that will not let you go.
Jan 09, 2015 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf

Interesting concept, but barely even fleshed out in the bounds of this short story.

Aug 19, 2012 Pilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
short quick read.
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"He was honored by fans with three Hugo awards and by colleagues with one Nebula award and was named the third Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 1977." (Wikipedia)

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