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August Books 4) The Seeds of Time

4) The Seeds of Time, by John Wyndham

I got this Wyndham collection a couple of years ago, not sure if I had already read it. Well, I had read the best known stories from it - "Survival", "Pawley's Peepholes" and "Dumb Martian" - but not the other seven as far as I can remember. Wyndham claims in his introduction to have been trying to avoid the clichéd formula of the "adventure-narrative form of story", and on the whole he does so, though the stories are replete with other clichés - in particular, Wyndham's approach to time-travel is essentially as a chance to have a retake of some moral test, a theme he hits on several times here. These stories are all decent enough, but I think other Wyndham collections are stronger. Still, if you like his other work, you'll like these.
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