ABOUT TIME: 12 SHORT STORIES, by Jack Finney, the author of the classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, is a collection of stories whose main theme is time travel. These stories were written between 1957-1962.
There are stories about the effects of a set of blueprints from the past on the lives of a modern couple, a time-travelling car, a hidden level at Grand Central station, ghosts, a home-made hot air balloon that only flies at night, and more.
“…just higher than the flat tops of the enormous [Golden Gate] bridge towers-they stopped and through several moments hung absolutely motionless not six feet from the northern tower of the bridge and nearly level with its top. Far below the cars had shrunk to miniatures, the six-lane roadway to the width of a man’s hand. Around them the air lay still and unmoving through a dozen heartbeats while they held their breaths.”
Of course, some of the writing shows the era in which they were written. I still love the stories.
My favorite stories are the ones set in the San Francisco Bay Area. Being born and raised there, I know most of the sights and sounds described here and it makes me long for a time passed.
“Cora and I were driving to San Rafael over the county road. You can get there on a six-lane highway now, 101, that slices straight through the hills, but this was once part of the only road between the two towns and it winds a lot around and between the Marin County hillw, under the treers. It’s a pleasant narrow little two-land road…”
The stories just seem to get better and better. I think my favorite is the last one, but maybe that’s only because it’s the last one I read! Its called Hey! Look At Me! and its about an author living in Mill Valley who meets a book critic, and though they come from different mindsets, they become friends of a sort.
Paperback, 224 pages, Published February 19th 1998 by Touchstone (first published 1986) ISBN: 9780684848662