Short Science Fiction Story Review – Brian W Aldiss – A Book In Time
1955 – The Friday Project Press – Spoiler alerts
Aldiss is one of the giants of British science fiction, and still writing in his 90’s. A Book In Time is among his earliest works.
It features a book-seller pursuing a suspected shoplifter only to find the thief is from a hundred years in the future, which he ends up visiting when he ends up on the time-thief’s time machine.
The hero discovers a future where books have been outlawed and mostly destroyed but doting antiquarians repopulate book-shelves by taking books from our time.
Not an accurate or prophetic vision of the future given that here are no references to electronic book readers but a lovely vision of the importance of maintaining the arts by any means possible, even time-travel.