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Book Title: Hall of Mirrors|
The author of the book: Fredric Brown
Date of issue: September 2nd 2009
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Norman Hastings, a mathematics professor, sits on a chair in the sun next to his girlfriend and closes his eyes. When he opens them he is alone in an unfamiliar room dotted with furniture he has never seen before and a single letter, addressed to him.
The letter has no signature, but when he overcomes his initial bewilderment and begins to read it becomes clear who it is from. It also becomes clear that he has been transported to the future, and that he has a monumental decision to make.
This is the first thing I have read by Brown, recommended by Lawrence Block. An interesting take on the time-traveling conundrum, Hall of Mirrors deftly creates the possibility for 'immortality of a sort', then wonders what should be done with it.
A very short story, it still manages to ask some very deep questions about both the personal and public responsibility of its protagonist, similar to how an episode of The Twilight Zone used to do in less than an hour every week.
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Read information about the authorFredric Brown was an American science fiction and mystery writer. He was one of the boldest early writers in genre fiction in his use of narrative experimentation. While never in the front rank of popularity in his lifetime, Brown has developed a considerable cult following in the almost half century since he last wrote. His works have been periodically reprinted and he has a worldwide fan base, most notably in the U.S. and Europe, and especially in France, where there have been several recent movie adaptations of his work. He also remains popular in Japan.
Never financially secure, Brown - like many other pulp writers - often wrote at a furious pace in order to pay bills. This accounts, at least in part, for the uneven quality of his work. A newspaperman by profession, Brown was only able to devote 14 years of his life as a full-time fiction writer. Brown was also a heavy drinker, and this at times doubtless affected his productivity. A cultured man and omnivorous reader whose interests ranged far beyond those of most pulp writers, Brown had a lifelong interest in the flute, chess, poker, and the works of Lewis Carroll. Brown married twice and was the father of two sons.
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