Short Story Sunday: The Light of Other Days, Bob Shaw

The Light of Other Days, Bob Shaw

This moving depiction of a world in which “slow glass” allows us to see our pasts was first published in 1966 and was shortlisted for a Nebula and a Hugo. It, too, was another piece I spent years trying to find (the details on that are here: Read the story here: light-of-other-days


Lately I’ve been working on the overwhelming task of thinning out my book collection; it’s something no book lover likes to do, but let’s face it, every once in a while it has to be done, either to clear clutter or make room for more.

It’s no surprise that a good portion of my collection is devoted to short story collections. I’ve read my share of great stories, and I’ve read my share of awful ones—but I’ve also read my share of a few that blew me away to the point at which I’ll never forget them. So instead of doing a typical “Top” list, I decided instead to focus on ones which fall into the last category (please note that in my “about” descriptions I tried to be spoiler-free). Do you have any that have made a lasting impression on you? Leave them in the comments.

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of both the New England Horror Writers and the Horror Writers Association. Follow her adventures at

Posted on June 14, 2015, in Short Stories and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I could never remember who the author was! I kept thinking it must have been Bradbury, and of course it is not.

    • I’m so glad you stopped by, and you found your answer! I think it’s easy to confuse Bob Shaw with Bradbury. That was a pioneering time in that type of speculative fiction, and they were writing about similar subjects.

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