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This month: Re-reading S. Fowler Wright
The novel of the remote future has been my special favorite among science fiction genres since I first discovered H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine when I was ten or eleven years old, just after the Second World War. Wells’ vision of the vast vistas of time to come led me to seek out other books of the same type – Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men, Arthur C. Clarke’s Against the Fall of Night, Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth, and, when I was about fourteen, S. Fowler Wright’s The World Below. They all made profound impressions on me, the Wright not the least. And so after many years I have given The World Below a second look. It proved to be both more and less than the book I remembered.
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