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Date of Publication: 1970
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The Moment of Eclipse Paperback – 1970

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Panther (1970)
  • ASIN: B001BIBR5M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Varied and interesting short stories from the writer of the Helliconia trilogy and Greybeard amongst many in a long career. Good for sci-fi fans and any reader who enjoys a well told tale by a gifted writer.
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This is an impressive collection of short stories by Brian Aldiss. I find this one hard to classify, so I'm offering a shortened quote from one of my favourite stories instead to start with:

"I tried to plan out a science fiction story about a race of men who had only subconsciouses. their consciousnesses had been painlessly removed by surgery. They moved faster without their burdening consciousnesses, wearing lunatic smiles or lunatic frowns. Directly after their operations, scars still moist, they had restarted World War II, some assuming the roles of Nazis or Japanese or Yugoslav partisans or British Fighter pilots in kinky boots [...] When a concentration camp was set up, it was rapidly filled: people have a talent for suffering [...] few people were left alive. They voted themselves second-class citizens, mostly becoming Jewish Negroes or Vietnamese. There was birching between consenting adults. These good folk voted unanimously to have their subconsciousnesses removed, leaving only their ids."

Other than that, the story that stood out most was "Heresies of the Huge God", a brilliant exercise on faith, fear and sacrifice.

I can recommend this collection, though not all stories will appeal to everybody.
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A strange book of stories, not all of which sit particularly easily under the term "science fiction". They are all quite historically grounded in the late 60s and early 70s with some of the stories set in a post colonial India which has gone to rack and ruin. There are certain interesting ideas which span more than one story, such as near immortality, although the format doesn't allow for much in depth exploration. I came away from the book feeling like Sam Tyler from Life on Mars; slightly disoriented after having gone back in time to circa 1974.
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