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What the hell’s going on?

‘Hypnotism,’ Grainger said, ‘is mesmerism, cleaned up and cut down to size. The point about mesmerism was that it involved what was called rapport – operator’s and subject’s minds all tangled up with each other,...

Empty and wanting something

They came readily enough to his call. Diana skied up hard on the heels of Grainger, with Elizabeth trailing some twenty yards behind. She was glowing from the sharp air and the exercise and looked,...

Message for our times?

On Wednesday (7th June), the New Yorker published a piece by David Cantwell entitled ‘An Early Dystopian Trilogy About Resistance—and What Comes After’ which discusses the work of John Christopher/Sam Youd, with particular reference to...

I saw him!

‘There. He was there. I woke, and looked out, and I saw him.’ She turned to look into their faces, her own drawn, desperate. ‘I’m telling you the truth. I’m not mad! He was there.’...

He can’t be in there

‘Doesn’t make sense,’ he said, ‘does it? A body doesn’t just disappear like that. It has to be somewhere.’ Douglas said: ‘He couldn’t have been dead, in that case. Catalepsy. Haven’t there been cases where...