By Brian W. Aldiss
An never-ending chain of surveillance crosses numerous dimensions during this magnificent, traumatic, and groundbreaking “antinovel” through one among technological know-how fiction’s maximum practitioners
Mr. Mary and his spouse are being saw from a minimum of 3 vantage issues as they pass approximately their mundane domestic lives. G, the previous gardener, watches them from a backyard shed. Mr. Mary’s disregarded secretary, S, watches them from the pinnacle room of a brick outhouse within the again. The chauffeur, C, who now not drives, watches the Marys from the storage. every one observer needs to dossier a document together with his superiors in one other continuum, pausing in his surveillance in simple terms lengthy sufficient to consume exact nutrition by myself on the abandoned café around the highway. however the watchers are themselves being saw by way of others who're, in flip, being watched throughout titanic and countless dimensional planes in an try and resolve the mysteries of the realm often called likelihood A.
This incredible, experimental paintings by way of Grand grasp Brian W. Aldiss is a puzzling and devastatingly haunting masterwork of speculative fiction, thought of through many to be the best paintings within the lengthy, prolific profession of a real substantial of the style. Thought-provoking, confounding, and stylistically excellent, Report on chance A will burn its means into the reader’s brain and reminiscence.
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I do not know. We live in a world in which the only utopian visions arrive in commercial breaks: magical visions of an impossibly hospitable world, peopled by bright-eyed attractive men, women, children… Where nobody dies… Where all it takes is cheap, easily available product - a packet of salted peanuts or a new type of carpet cleaner to bring immediate, undiluted joy… And I thought that was honest. I thought I was being honest. In my worlds people died. I thought I was telling the truth, I thought… They were actors.
Anger because nothing I ever created was as good as it could have been, should have been. Was in my head. Everything I did. Everything was leading up to this next film. That would have been the one I got right. If I’d only had the time. Where is it? What was it I said in the treatment? “It will be a celebration of humanity, of the continuance of life, of human folly”. Human folly? Sure... I leave a paper-trail behind me, like a child lost in the woods, Pacing, and pacing, and pacing. Trying to find something to hold onto.
When it goes, I turn on the television. What does Chernobyl mean in English? That's right. Wormwood. All there, in the Revelation of St. John the Divine, on Patmos. It’s one of the symbols. Signs and portents. We’re living in the last days. I mean, take credit cards. Revelation, chapter 13 verse 17, that no man might buy or sell, save he had the mark, of the name of the beast, or the number of his name. It's hard to believe, isn’t it? A man, two thousand years ago, predicting credit cards. But he wasn’t a mere man.
Report on Probability A by Brian W. Aldiss