I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land
Dust jacket illustration by Jon Foster
Jim is in New York City at Christmastime shopping a book based on his blog — Gone for Good — premised on the fact that “being nostalgic for things that have disappeared is ridiculous.” Progress decides for people what they need and what’s obsolete. It’s that simple. Of course, not everyone agrees. After Jim bombs a contentious interview with a radio host who defends the sacred technology of the printed, tangible book, he gets caught in a rainstorm only to find himself with no place to take refuge other than a quaint, old-fashioned bookshop.
Ozymandias Books is not just any store. Jim wanders intrigued through stacks of tomes he doesn’t quite recognize the titles of, none with prices. Here he discovers a mysteriously pristine, seemingly endless wonderland of books — where even he gets nostalgic for his childhood favorite. And, yes, the overwhelmed and busy clerk showing him around says they have a copy. But it’s only after Jim leaves that he understands the true nature of Ozymandias and how tragic it is that some things may be gone forever...
From beloved, multiple-award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Connie Willis comes I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land, a novella about the irreplaceable magic of books.
Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis (born 1945) is an American science fiction writer. Willis is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s: she has won nine Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards. Photo: Ellen Levy Finch. Source: Wikimedia Commons.