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The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke
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Luca Fenu Hi Luke, how come you rated this book only two stars? I've read it years ago but I remember it fondly... Lost my copy when I left the UK so can't read it back...


Luke Burrage The technological and science ideas behind this story were really great. I loved the first quarter or third, up until the part where the father turns to future historians and says "Hello, everyone!"

After that I remember the story falling apart. There was some fun extrapolations about society's reaction to the idea, but it felt too much like a thought experiment than a plot.

I like the bit with Jesus though.


Chris Hooking up a wormhole to mitochondria and tracing it back in time was a fun bit, too.


Luke Burrage Chris wrote: "Hooking up a wormhole to mitochondria and tracing it back in time was a fun bit, too."

True! These little explorations were great fun. But what impact did they have on the story? None that I remember. It would have worked better as a collection of short stories.


Chris True! These little explorations were great fun. But what impact did they have on the story?

Oh, none whatsoever! In fact, I honestly can't remember the story very well at all.


Luca Fenu Ok, I agree with you all. As a matter of fact, those two episodes you mention were the parts I loved the most and practically all I remember about the book.

The 'transparent' society, incidentally, was first (I believe) mentioned by Asimov, in his very similar short story 'The Dead Past' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead...)


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