“Chronoclasm,” John Wyndham, 1953

“Chronoclasm,” John Wyndham, 1953 – A man given knowledge of the future also faces the prospect that he is without free will.

Comments: A brisk time travel/paradox adventure that takes a few good shots at mores, fashion, and non-“probative” assumptions. Has been critiqued by fans and scholars for its success or failure in resolving the paradox.  See Genrikh Al’tov’s “Levels of Narrative Ideas: Colors on the SF Palette,” in which he discusses this story, time travel in sf, and  chronoclasms: “…paradoxes arising from interference in preceding historical events.”

Author: Wikipedia: “John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris (10 July 1903 – 11 March 1969) was an English science fiction writer who usually used the pen name John Wyndham, although he also used other combinations of his names, such as John Beynon and Lucas Parkes. Many of his works were set in post-apocalyptic landscapes.”


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This entry was posted in 1946-1959, agency/will/freedom, logic/reason, time/history/causality. Bookmark the permalink.

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