Re: Request for Info ... Diva? Anyone? Beuller

Jeff Bone (
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 15:23:21 -0500

Since we're on time travel, there's a couple of works that I'd like to
recommend that have a sort of different take on the subject. The first
is a short story called "If This Is Winnetka, You Must Be Judy" by F.M.
Busby (I think.) It's in a "year's best" collection from, like, 1976,
and it's one of if not my favorite sci-fi short of all time. It's about
a guy who, for no identifiable reason, lives his life out-of-order. A
few months at age 45, then a year in his mid twenties, then a few weeks
as an infant... pretty neat.

The other work is a novel called "Replay" by Ken Grimwood. The
protagonist hits age 45, has a heart attack and dies, then wakes up at
age 18 with all his memories intact. He relives his life, making
certain changes along the way, hits 45, heart attack... and wakes up
back at 18 again. And over, and over... the catch is that each time he
"replays," he wakes up older than the last time around. At first, the
increment is small, but the increment itself grows with each replay.
There's all sorts of interesting things about whether or not history can
be changed in a substantial way, etc. as well as a really human story.
A really, really cool book, even if it isn't Joyce or Pynchon. ;-)