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Other Days, Other Eyes

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  287 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Slow glass was an amusing scientific toy. Light traveled through it so slowly that, looking through a pane of it, you might see what had happened five minutes ago on the other side--or five years. It stopped being a toy when great new jeliners began to crash, caraccidents multiplied astronomically and a mounting toll of deaths and disasters revealed its true potential. And ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 158 pages
Published March 8th 1974 by Pan (first published 1972)
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Manny
Science-fiction writers often miss out on the credit they're due for correctly predicting the future, just because they got one niggling little detail wrong. No fan of hard SF should have been surprised by WikiLeaks: it was obvious that, sooner or later, technology was going to make it impossible to keep secrets. The only question was the nature of the technology used.

Well, T.L. Sherred probably got there first with his classic 1947 short E For Effort, and then there was Isaac Asimov in 1956 wit
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Ričardas
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Taip viskas detaliai tiksliai aprašyta, kad sukelia nuoširdu susižavėjimą. Retas, tikrai retas autorius taip detaliai apgalvoja ateities pasaulio viziją bei išradimo pasekmes visais aspektais.
Mast rid.
Monica
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
No cabe duda que éste libro de ciencia ficción es UNA OBRA SINGULAR E INTERESANTE DE LEER PARA TODOS LOS AMANTES DEL GÉNERO, YA NO POR SU TEMÁTICA, QUE EN CIERTA PARTE ES ORIGINAL (el tema denuncia y mal uso de las invenciones humanas está presentes en otras novelas), SINO, ESPECIALMENTE, POR EL ENFOQUE Y ESTRUCTURA DE SU NARRATIVA ADEMÁS DE LA VARIEDAD DE GÉNEROS QUE CABE A LO LARGO DE SUS PÁGINAS.
‘Otros días, Otros Ojos’ nos presenta a Albon Garrod, un ingeniero y químico casado por convenienc
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Alex Sarll
At last year's Boring conference, a concrete enthusiast demonstrated a block which did some very strange things with light, and made me think of Bob Shaw's 'slow glass' - a crystal which lets light through, but only minutes or years after the event, so that you're left with a literal window on the past. This book features his original short stories on the theme, included as 'sidelights' in a short novel about the inventor of slow glass. Which serves largely to confirm that the short stories, or ...more
Jiří Pavlovský
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Při úklidu knihovny jsem našel pár starých fanzinů - a jeden obsahoval právě knihu Jiné dny, jiné oči. A jelikož jsem nechtěl tahat nic těžkého, přečetl jsem to dneska během pár jízd tramvají a dalších zastávek.
Je to klasická oldschoolová SF, postavená na celkem normálním světě, do kterého vpadne bizarní nápad. A tím je "pomalé sklo". Sklo, kterým prochází světlo i třeba celé roky. Čili si můžete koupit nabité sklo, za kterým bude deset let šumět příboj a lítat rackové a svítit jim sluneční svi
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John
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Evelyn
Other Days, Other Eyes is another of those 'forgotten' 70s science-fiction novels that I've been hunting down recently. This was one of Bob Shaw's sci-fi classics as it explored this new concept of 'slow glass', an innovative type of glass that could record and store events which take place before it, to reveal them months or years later. Slow glass manages to do this by slowing down the light that travels through it, and thus a whole industry emerges that uses this new level of technology, with ...more
Marwan
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
القصة قصيرة و هى من الخيال العلمى و ليس فى محتواها أحداث تذكر و لكن المثير فيها حقا هى فكرة أن الأحداث الماضية تبث خلال ما يسمى بالزجاج البطىء و هو أختراع ( خيالى)فكرته أن الضوء يمر ببطء خلال هذا الزجاج و يعرض مناظر حدثت منذ سنين فى صورة أحداث متصلة و متتالية عبر الزمن ,و أهم هذه المناظر التى عرضها هذا الزجاج هو صورة و حركة و حياة زوجة و أبن صانع الزجاج التى كانت قبل وفاتهم فى حادث طريق منذ 6 سنوات ماضية ! الفكرة فى أننا نستطيع الحياة فى الماضى من خلال النظر الى أحداث ماضية فى نافذةو ليس عن طريق ...more
Roddy Williams
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Is it an anthology, or a fix-up? Does it matter? Shaw came up with a simple idea which, in the hands of another author, may have resulted in one decent story. Shaw does more than that. He spends time thinking through the implications not for great pyrotechnical sci-fi effect but for ordinary people; the small differences that one thing, one invention can make to a life.

Shaw used to refer to these clever ideas and the development of them as 'the wee thinky bits' and learned to use them to great
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A. _____
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars for creeping me out with it’s prescience. We don’t have slow glass, but we have cameras everywhere and social media pressuring us to relieve us of our own privacy for the edification of people who shouldn’t matter to us anyway.

Some bits of excellent writing, flashes of beautifully crafted sentences and images that will stay with me a while.

Sexist in the way that SFF in the 70s all seemed to be, but not jarring enough that it removed me from the story.

Sigh.

I really do need to get back
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Julia
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Occasionally you read a science fiction book that not only explores the future but holds up a dark mirror to our past. In a series of disturbing and thoughtful vignettes, Bob Shaw explores how the invention of slow glass, which alters light and enhances perception, effects both personal relationships and global privacy. Sadly the book is out of print, but is definitely worth hunting down.
Philip Scott
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was written in 1972. A book I read and liked in my teens so I decided to re-read to see how it has survived the passage of time.

The concept behind the book is brilliant - a scientist invents a form of glass so dense that light can take years to pass through. With experimentation the project is commercialised to produce a new product "slow glass". Ten year slow glass windows, for example, can be set over a beautiful harbour or mountain view for a decade... storing the images for playbac
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Augusto Delgado
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Shelves: classic-sf
My appreciation for Bob Shaw is growing.

Second book of his I've read that deal with optics, blindness and vision. Alban Garrod is a scientist that discovered some sort of glass that delays the passage of visible radiation through it. A series of intertwined plots regarding the glass properties applied to criminal cases, and the main character's struggle to free himself from the shackles of a marriage for convenience are well narrated in this slim tome.

The bonus: Jane Wason. Gosh, I want more of
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Iva Jar
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Líbí se mi nápad i závěrečné poselství. Jinak je to takový sci-fi standard, ale pro mě příjemné čtení a po Ikea-detektivkách, které jsou jako přes kopírák, zase návrat k oblíbenému žánru, takže trošku možná knize nadržuju :) Minimálně 3 hvězdičky si ale zaslouží.
Je to docela krátká knížka, takže posuďte sami, nebude to ztráta času, a kdyby náhodou, tak ne velká :)
Lynn S.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This published in 1972, almost 50 years ago. Having been alive at the time I could remember when there weren't computers everywhere, and there weren't any other futuristic things in the story that were too far-fetched. But slow glass? That was a hell of a science fiction invention. Great story. ...more
Royal Kwi
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of those sci-fi classics. Many chapters from this book have stayed with me.
Xabi1990
5/10. Media de los 6 libros leídos del autor : 6/10

Flojo. Mejor leerse "Periplo nocturno"
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Michael
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing.
Scifimoth
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An early prediction of the effect of ever-present and pervasive surveillance upon society. It has stayed with me for decades.
Rog Harrison
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
A fascinating idea.
Mateo Aguilar
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buena historia. Me encantó la mezcla entre ciencia ficción, novela negra y un poco de tintes románticos, y sobre todo la personalidad del protagonista.
Pat Cummings
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The science-fictional device "beyond our science" may be of alien origin, or from some distant future. The real artists of the craft, though, defined a technology just one step beyond what we use today, and then asked how it would change our lives, our culture or our humanity.

Bob Shaw’s singular contribution to science fiction came in small packages. Shaw wrote many short stories (one, "Light of Other Days", is included in last year's Science Fiction 101, in print and Kindle), and a novel, Other
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Adrian
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Main story is somewhat ho-hum, but several "sidelight" short stories (including the famous "Light of Other Days") are strewn throughout, and it is these stories that were the bug draw for me. ...more
Tim
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A down-at-heel scientist accidentally creates glass that holds its image for years. Inventions, breakthroughs and problems ensue.

I read this in a couple of sittings, amazed at how much mileage Bob Shaw gets from a simple, hypothetical invention. The eventual use of ‘slow glass’ as a surveillance tool prefigures issues topical today: CCTV and Google’s Streetview and Glass projects. Throughout the novel, interspersed sections paint vignettes of different aspects of life that have been irrevocably
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Simon
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an original idea for the time (published in 1973) - "slow glass" that delays the image or light for varying periods of time. Today this has been totally superseded by video technology but you can still see the value for numerous applications eg. bank of street lights that delay the light by 12 hours, or scenedows that capture years of scenery from national beauty spots and are then fitted to domestic houses to give unbeatable year round views. Apart from this the characterisation and plot l ...more
Paul
Dec 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Bob Shaw has discovered one of the best ideas in Science Fiction, but only written an above average book.
The Idea of slow glass and its uses should have made "other days, other eyes" a five star classic of science fiction if only it had been 'discovered' by a better writer. Bob Shaw is a competent writer but not a great writer.
Certainly well worth a read, if only to see what a missed opportunity it was.
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Samuel  Lewis
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
An intriguing premise about the invention of "a new type of glass that records and stores the events which take before it, to reveal them months or years later." It starts well but soon unravels, with the author seemingly bored or impatient, jumping ahead of itself and shoehorning in some detective story elements. Some good ideas, but feels hurried and unfinished. ...more
Rae D
This is one of the best science fiction books I have ever read, and I read a lot of science fiction! I think about this book often. The idea of slow glass, and its impact on how the characters behave and react to it was very realistic.
10/10 would recommend to anyone who loves sci-fi and introspection
Bruno Camousseigt
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesante premisa, ciencia ficción de la buena donde el autor extrapola como afectaría un descubrimiento científico a los mas diversos sectores de la sociedad. pierde puntos por ser en realidad un conjunto de historias independientes enmascaradas como novela en lugar de ser una novela con una historia homogénea.
Marts  (Thinker)
Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I recently read this tale as 'Light of Other Days'. It all presents the concept of 'slow glass' capturing memories through real life scenes in, well, glass.
The drama begins with a couple driving through the countryside.......
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Bob Shaw was born in Northern Ireland. After working in structural engineering, industrial public relations, and journalism he became a full time science fiction writer in 1975.

Shaw was noted for his originality and wit. He was two-time recipient (in 1979 and 1980) of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. His short story Light of Other Days was a Hugo Award nominee in 1967, as was his novel The Rag
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