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Real-Time World (1974)

by Christopher Priest

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The reason why I wanted to read these stories was because I knew how seventies they were, but as often when confronted with the reality of what I was looking for, I was disappointed with it. None of the stories were entirely satisfactory and although each was competently written, they were written to formula. You could see they were written to achieve a specific effect and how Priest achieves that effect and as a result most of the effect is lost. The first story for example, "The Head and the Hand", about automutilation as a form of performance art, with some graphic scenes including a final auto-guillotining which may have been shocking when first published, but certainly aren't now and without this shock effect the story falls apart.

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Collection of ten short sf works, amongst them a novelette with the same name. DO NOT COMBINE the short story with the collection
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Real-Time World, stories by Christopher Priest

The Head and the Hand (1972)

Fire Storm (1970)

Double Consummation (1970)

A Woman Naked (1974)

Breeding Ground (1970)

Sentence in Binary Code (1971)

The Perihelion Man (1970)

The Run (1966)

Real-Time World (1972)

Transplant (1974)

(The German edition, Transplantationen, was published already in 1973 without the stories The Head and the Hand and A Woman Naked. The story Transplant, the title story of the German collection, appeared in translation before its publication in English.)
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