Reviews for Real-Time World

“There is an echo of the idea [of human nature as a commodity] in ‘A Woman Naked’, a dire warning of the real sexual puritanism that underlies political oppression. Priest’s lean, spare style is admirably suited, also to fantasy and – pace hardcore SF enthusiasts – a blurring of the two need not be a bad thing. We should not set down hardline chalk-marks to limit the parameters of our interest.” – The Times

“Christopher Priest, in an appreciative introduction to his new book, says that the stories in Real-Time World are ‘about the effects of stress on people.’ Uncontroversial enough, by anyone’s standards. Some of them explore the kind of stress that only a foul-minded SF writer would care to put people under (a girl obliged by law to go about naked for sleeping with people, a self-mutilating superstar’s gory last stunt), while others are more conventional and more satisfying: computerised brain incarceration, astral creepy-crawlies, an eerie observer-or-observed conundrum. This is a startlingly uneven collection – unless Mr Priest can get to grips with his unforgivable prose he hasn’t got, er, an hope of producing anything classy.” – Martin Amis in The Observer