The House from Nowhere

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Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,217 / 28 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 16,785
Added to site: 2010.03.11 26958

Time-travel continues to exercise its mesmeric fascination upon writers, readers and editors of science fiction alike. Probably because almost all of us, at one time or another, have longed greatly to visit either the future or the past. Perhaps, in view of the dangerous paradoxes such travel must involve, it is a good thing that such horological journeys have to date been confined to the printed page.

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rather eat from your deep-freeze anytime than from the FP!"

Bill MacDonald looked across the table at Jean and said, "All right, Jean."

Jean and all the MacDonalds bent their heads and the girl began, "We thank Thee for our daily bread as by Thy hands...."

As the girl spoke Phil's gaze drifted around to his wife, who lifted her shoulders in mystified amazement. But it was a bigger surprise to see John's bent head. For the moment John was a part of this family--part of a wholeness tied together by an invisible bond. The utter strangeness of it shocked Philon into rare clarity of insight.

He saw himself wrapped up in his business with little regard for Ursula or John, letting them exist under his roof without making them a part of his life. Ursula with her succession of gigolos and her psycho-plays and John withdrawn into his upstairs room with his books. Then he closed his mind again as if the insight were too blinding.

What strange customs these MacDonalds had! Yet he had to


Average Rating of 3 from 4 reviews: ***
JoJo Biggins

S simpleton little story not so much about time travel as about a shallow, melodramatic future crook. You'll not regret skipping this one.


A family from 1940's decide to travel in to the future and land in a time a 100 yrs later. How could they do it is a big question. They make an impression on a dead and decadent society of the time. Very abrupt ending with little or no plot.


the book is anything but convincing. I am quite surprised that it can be found excellent by anybody

Paulo Respighi

It\'s July, 2052, a presidential election year, which mean raising $50,000 to vote (the poor don't vote.) You buy the (genetically) best children you can adopt, and spend you life grabbing as much money as you can.
Overnight, a strange, antique house appears on the block with an odd family living in it. They cook their meals. They read books. And they start to have an unhealthy influence on the Miller's son, John.

An excellent story, with a beautifully imagined future and solid characters. Read it.

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