Short Science Fiction Story Review – Brian W Aldiss – Criminal Record
1955 – Spoiler alerts
Another early gem from Aldiss, again involving aliens causing problems for people who go shopping.
This time, the main hero finds what he believes to be a rare collectible music recording on Vinyl, and rushes home with it to play it on his music system.
Once there, he discovers it is a disguised criminal record file for a human-Venusian hybrid creature from the future – one who has a habit of destroying the past and future for whole nations as well as individuals – worse, the narrator’s best friend appears to be a future kidnap victim of the creatures, one of who might just be on his way to the house where the record is being studied, right now.
Be careful what you buy – it may not be the bargain you expected.
Image Credit » Cyberman at FAB Cafe Manchester, taken by me