Books: To Be Continued Next Century

TIME AND AGAIN by Jack Finney. 399 pages. Simon & Schuster. $7.95.

Word has been out for a year or so that science fiction is in trouble. With all the routine miracles being provided by doctors and astronauts, what spaced-out situations are left for the imagination? The solution seems to lie in the past rather than the future. Last year Daphne du Maurier welded the 14th century to the 20th in House on the Strand. Now veteran Screenwriter Jack Finney (The Body Snatchers) tries the same sort of literary retreat, but into the New York City of the 1880s.

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