August 18, 2004

The Inverted World by Christopher Priest

I had reached the age of six hundred and fifty miles.

This is the kind of first line that I read science-fiction for. Within a few pages you are introduced to a universe where the sun and the other heavenly bodies are hyperbolic in shape and where an entire population inhabits a city moving inexorably on its rails towards some unknown destination.

I thought I should introduce some books that I read when I was very young that were crucial in my adult fascination with science-fiction. Books like this one which do not seem to have aged at all. The ideas still provide that healthy dose of `sense-of-wonder'. I still remember reading this book in one sitting during a warm Bombay summer day (and night).

Be careful about reading too many reviews of this book. It's one of those books that can be easily ruined with too much information.

This book is not as well known as a classic in the sci-fi community, which is a shame.

%T The Inverted World
%T :a novel
%A Christopher Priest
%I Harper and Row
%D 1974
%G ISBN: 0060134216
%P 240
%K science-fiction

Review written: 1999/08/14

Posted by anoop at August 18, 2004 12:40 PM