Thursday, 17 October 2013
Short Story: Pressed for Time by Andrew C Murphy
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The style of writing in Pressed for Time would be more akin to that of a newspaper article or report, as there is very little to characterise it as as fictional story. What I mean by this is that there is very little plot, and there are only really two characters in the story, 'I' and the journalist. Instead Pressed for Time comes across as if it is a factual account rather than an emotional account, despite even having a first person narrative.
Those of you who are familiar with the aforementioned film, In Time, will recognise the idea of a clock on the person's wrist, though in this case they only count as far as 70 and no further. At 70 the person's time is up. The government can control the time on a person's clock by speeding up or slowing down an hour, and so they have control of the situation. Unlike in the film, time is not used as currency, though it is possible to see how that could happen.
I found that Pressed for Time had a very interesting concept, and I would have been intrigued to read a more in depth exploration of it in novel form. But at the same time, the short couple of pages were interesting and worth a read.