Not Before Time

by John Brunner | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 450023915 Global Overview for this book
Registered by kittiwake on 9/22/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by kittiwake on Friday, September 22, 2023
Visiting hours, naturally, had to be based on local - Earthside - time, but it was no help to anyone when those who came were confrontedg with a series of inert lumps, even if those lumps were fifty lightyears from home.
Attempts were consequently always made to adapt the aliens to a twenty-four-hour day. Some adjusted easily; others could not at any price, being too tightly fixated on their home world's night-day cycle.
During the ten hours of the day when the zoo was open for visitors, as many as half the exhibits might be slumbrously dull. Alternatively, the cycles might chime together and the whole place become a buzz of vigorous movement, colour and sound. The latter occasions always brought visitors in hordes because they were always well advertised. for convenience they had to have a name and a definition: a Coincidence Day was one where forty or more of the fifty presentations were at day activity peak for at least five hours.

A book of science fiction short stories first published in 1968. My favourite was "Coincidence Day" which was about a zoo of extraterrestrial species on Earth. I also liked "A Better Mousetrap", "Seizure" and "Treason is a Two-edged Sword", but overall I prefer this author's novels to his short stories.

Journal Entry 2 by kittiwake at Divine Coffee House ☕ in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Friday, September 22, 2023

Released 2 mos ago (9/23/2023 UTC) at Divine Coffee House ☕ in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom


To be released at the Nottingham meet-up, and left in the bookcase if nobody takes it home.

Journal Entry 3 by doodleali at Arnold, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, September 23, 2023
Picked up at the Nottingham Bookcrossing Meet-up. Thanks to Kittiwake for sharing.

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