Windows Into the Past

  • Damien Broderick
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


In 1917, the German baby Odilo Unverdorben (“Uncorrupted”) died in the brutal depths of the First World War and was absorbed into his mother’s uterus. Later, he became John Young, then Hamilton de Souza, and finally, absurdly, was born as Tod T. Friendly after a heart attack. Todt, of course, is German for Death. Unlike every other human on Earth Tod T. lived his life in reverse, observed as he did so from within—including shared dreams but not thoughts—by a kind of endlessly confused but chirpy guardian angel or soul or reified narrative viewpoint, a singular chorus to a life of genocidal depravity. Even this unusual summary is not quite correct, as we shall see.

Fiction Works Discussed, Plus Suggested Reading

  1. Gordon R. Dickson Time Storm 1977Google Scholar
  2. Fred Hoyle October the First is Too Late 1966Google Scholar
  3. T.L. Sherred “E for Effort” 1947Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Damien Broderick
    • 1
  1. 1.San AntonioUSA

Personalised recommendations