The first short story: Consider Her Ways; half the book, didn't interest me as the tale about a future female only society. I found the second half more interesting with short stories of people swapping places in time: Odd, Stitch in Time; and surprisingly a story about travelling to an alternate Earth (written well before Sliders): Random Quest. The book finishes with its best short story: A Long Spoon; where hi-tech man is able to out do the quill and parchment devil. The latter stories concentrate on the effects on the individuals involved focusing on their predicament thereby adding to the drama. As a reader you worry about them. John Wyndham is to be congratulated for exhibiting this skill in his short stories.
Yes, John Wyndham has another book of short stories out. He died over 30 years ago yet the stories don't date in the conventional sense. The writer could easily be writing about the past since the ideas as just as fresh as ever! It's not as good as "Seeds of time" but it's definitely one to add to your bookshelves. John Wyndham had one of the best writing minds of the 20th Century. It'd be a crime not to read any of his work!!!!
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