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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Paperback, 158 pages
Published February 1976 by New English Library (first published October 1974)
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Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, sf
A collection of stories from early in his career, focusing on more traditional SF themes (compared with his later work) although still with an emphasis more on the psycological and social side than the technological.

Most of the stories were very good indeed and the collection as a whole was only let down by a couple of somewhat weaker tales not up to the standard of the rest.
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having not read any of Priest's short stories before I was unsure what to expect. The first two didn't really do much for me. That's not to say that they were anything but perfectly fine; something about them just didn't really resonate with me.

The third one is where things kicked in and everything stayed strong from then on. From the third short onward:

Double Consummation - socio-political pillars holding up what is in effect a touching story about the nature of love.

A Woman Naked - terrifying
Alger Smythe-Hopkins
An early collection of stories by Priest which reflect some noodling around with ideas to see how they might work in story form. Some are clever, but mostly this is an uneven collection that reflects the early 1970's preference for high-concept having priority over story.

"The Head and the Hand" - What If... the hunger artist was a love story? This tale left me very disappointed as it was simply packed to the creepy Gothic novel attic with atmospherics, and related a predictable and silly story.
Jay Maxfield
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fiction
This Sci-Fi collection of short stories is an eclectic mix of Christopher Priest's early work 1966-1974 which mainly appeared in magazines. If you are looking to understand or to read all of Priest's work then this smallish volume of 10 stories (listed below) is probably worth reading. If however you are just looking for a good sci-fi short story book I would advise not reading this collection. There's only one interesting space-ish story namely the eponymous Real-Time World - at least half of t ...more
Joachim Boaz
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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"Christopher Priest’s An Infinite Summer (1979) clocks in as my second highest rated single-author collection, behind Michael Bishop’s Catacomb Years (1979), so far in the life of my site. I find Priest’s fiction intense and hypnotic.

As Real-Time World (1974) contains a range of Priest’s earliest published short stories, one cannot escape the feel that he is still trying to find his way as an author. Similar indecision characterized his first
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jason Mills
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: SF readers
This is a collection from 1974 of early SF stories. Some of them are mundane: The Perihelion Man, for instance, is a one-man-against-the-Venusians tale that could have been written by any of a hundred hacks of the time. Double Consummation presents a rather clunky dystopia in which everyone lives a double life, mediated by a 'transition' drug, to increase consumption in a depopulated Britain; its concerns appear as dated as its solution does contrived.

On the other hand, the writer's voice is beg
Zantaeus Glom
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Worthwhile collection of eclectic tales from the talented Christopher Priest. I actually preferred his more Gothic-tinged horror stories. I wasn't too sure what to initially expect from Priest, but overall I was very, very impressed with his work; I especially liked: 'The Head And The Hand' (Poe meets Bunuel!) 'A Woman Naked' (a very unsettling piece of Orwellian dystopia); 'Breeding Ground' (nice itchy heft of Van Gogt-space-bug-style weirdness); and 'Real-Time World' is a quite masterful examp ...more
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Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England. He began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1968.

He has published eleven novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction.

He has written drama for radio (BBC Radio 4) and television (Thames TV and HTV). In

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