Memories of the Future
by Robert F. Young
Review by Ernest Lilley
Electricstory.com ISBN/ITEM#: 1930815085
Date: 01 April 2001 / Show Article /
Memories of the Future is a tremendous collection of short stories from an author that should have been much better known than he was. Robert F. Young (1915-1985) wrote and had his fiction published over a thirty five year period in both genre publications and non, including the Saturday Evening Post. Unfortunately, Robert, we hardly knew ye.From official release/information:
Robert F. Young published frequently in major markets from the 1950s to his death in 1985. Disney even optioned film rights to one of his books. However, probably because he wrote few novels, he was never widely known. In his better stories, many collected here, he both captured a deep sense of nostalgia and winnowed a glimpse of true love from mere obsession: a mountaineer must redeem his life by scaling a miles-long artifact shaped like a woman; a little boy attempts to return from a bleak city to the idyllic country of his memory; a mysterious wanderer transforms the lives of a struggling family during the Great Depression. In his introduction, Barry N. Malzberg brings to light some of the fascinating contradictions of this author, whose lean, elegant prose and poignant, though guarded, sense of romance deserves to find a wider audience.