Review of Is There Anybody There? by Kim Newman

18586183This… wasn’t an easy story for me to read. While I could appreciate the technological side and the humour of the situation, I far from appreciated the mystical side. As a Christian, I stay as far away from Ouija boards and anything related as possible. So to read this story took some perseverance.

Overall, the situation is amusing. A seance is being conducted, the medium trying to reach the ‘other side’ at the request of her client, who wishes to contact a dead fiance. For whatever reason, from 2001 an internet user called Boyd taps into the seance and becomes the de facto “ghost” communicating from the “other side”. So, not much time travel, really (since this is, after all, in The Time Traveller’s Almanac), as there is a… joining of times in a… spooky… manner.

I don’t really have much to say on this beyond what I’ve said. If it weren’t for my dislike of anything related to Ouija boards, this would probably have been more amusing than I already found it, and it’s very clever, really. A well written story, with an excellent conclusion. But I didn’t enjoy reading it.

2/5 rating (It’s a good story, but not for me).

My fellow time travelling readers are:

Timothy C. Ward (on hiatus)
Alesha Escobar (maternity leave)
H.M. Jones
DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)


About Laurel C Kriegler

A born and bred South African, I was educated at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where I graduated with an Honours Degree (post-graduate) in Economics at the end of 2001. After spending several years gaining work experience in the UK, I returned to South Africa to get married. It was during the ensuing period that my pursuits of writing and editing took hold.
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4 Responses to Review of Is There Anybody There? by Kim Newman

  1. We are complete opposites on this one! I was amused the whole time with this story, and loved the twist on the use of the “time-travel”


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