Short Science Fiction Story Review – Brian W Aldiss – Not For an Age
1955 – Friday Project Press – Spoiler alerts
A rather scary precursor to Groundhog Day, which wouldn’t be filmed for decades after this Aldiss take on the idea of living a single day over and over.
The hero, Rodney has lived his life out and died but suddenly he is reliving the worst day of his life again. Worse, each day it is replayed he has a different live audience watching, laughing as if enjoying a TV sit-com.
Rodney wants to change things but while being aware of and fully remembering, he can’t alter the actual events. He is powerless to deal with his wife’s suspected infidelity towards him.
He is actually a victim of a time grabbing carnival attraction, where viewers can observe episodes from the past as if on film except it is that piece of life being re-experienced on an endless loop – reduced to a scientific Hell.
Though I have had good and bad days there are none I’d like to relive this way.
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