I whipped through this book in no time ! The title story ( and longest one ) is an extremely clever plot with a good sting in the tail. It deals with a nightmare future scenario in which men have become extinct and a pale pink, bland world is organised efficiently by women, most of whom have no knowledge of a previous second sex. The heroine, who has time-travelled to this distant time, is treated as a deviant who has been brainwashed by the male dominence of her own era. The story raises all sorts of interesting questions about stereotypes, prejudice, sexism and how history can be manipulated by later generations. A rattling good yarn !
The other stories are shorter but equally clever, especially the one about "alternative universes", a prescient tale that seems to be based on the "many worlds theory" of quantum mechanics ! A very profound and intriguing idea
The only story I didn't much like was the very short "Oh where, oh where is Peggy McRafferty ? " which wasn't science fiction and didn't seem to belong in this collection. But don't let that put you off - it's a tiny niggle, and all the other stories are brilliant
If you like Wyndham's novels, you will certainly enjoy this clever and thought-provoking collection
I first reaaad this book as a teenager and wad found it thoroughly enteraining and thought-provoking. I bought this copy as a present for my daughter who had asked for other peopels' favourite books for birthday presents. It's a science fiction classic