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This review is from: Other Days, Other Eyes (Pan science fiction) (Paperback)
I read this book years ago, when I didn't know what Sci-fi was.
The idea is truly simple and frightening: the main character is a scientist who invents a new type of glass which delays the passage of light without changing its properties. His discovery is soon used for good purposes (to stock light for energetic purposes, decoration, etc...) but soon it scapes control and is used for massive information gathering and to gain control of the population. In paralel, his personal life becomes more and more depressing, divorces...
Truly anticipative, bitter-sweet in its hopes and their terrific consequences. As is common with poor Shaw and other UK SF writers, his novels are seldom reprinted (only Orbitsville achieves this status).