[LMB] Nevil Shute

Peter Hews Peterhews at protonmail.com
Sun Oct 10 11:31:30 BST 2021

On Sunday, October 10th, 2021 at 05:50, Jane Hotchkiss via Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:

> A few days ago we were discussing SF by Australian authors. I've deleted the emails, so I can't quote whomever brought up Shute. I've read most of his work, fic/bio/nonfic/sf. The only one I can remember as sf was In the Wet, in which someone had a concussion enabling him to see into the future, trying to get back to his girlfriend in the present. Rather liked it.
I think you may be mixing up "In the Wet" with "An Old Captivity," where the hero is trapped in a past life as a slave of the Vikings.   I didn't like "In the Wet", but that's because the future he described was the '50s cliche of Britain going to rack and ruin under the socialist tyrany of a Labour government.

Peter Hews

Oh better far to live and die under the brave black flag I fly,
Than play a sanctimonious part with a pirate head and a pirate heart.

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