Quite some time ago (perhaps 12 years ago?) I was loaned a novel which I cannot remember the name of.

Someone invents a way to create stable wormholes in time too small to travel through, but used to view events in the past. Results in the removal of all personal privacy, crimes are watched in court from any angle - nothing can be hidden. People begin to walk around wearing masks with projections from these wormholes on them, so you could be wearing the face of a Roman Centurion with his facial expressions changing in real time. I don't remember too much else about the finer plot.

Pretty thin on description, but if it sound familiar to you....


This is The Light Of Other Days, by Stephen Baxter and Arthur C Clarke. Just as you say, tiny wormholes are used to observe the past, with all sorts of societal changes as a result, the Death of Privacy, etc.

Especial thanks to @user14111 who found the reference to masks which show the face of someone being observed through the wormholes.

book cover

  • I cannot remember about the masks, but everything else you mentioned is exactly the same. I have a copy somewhere, I'll do a search for "Masks" – James from NZ Dec 18 '18 at 6:56
  • Yes, that would be particularly helpful indeed. I had a look through my collection and unfortunately I don't have the book any more, so I can't zero-in on that particular matter. – James from NZ Dec 18 '18 at 7:00
  • That's great, Thank you, ill check it out - the cover is not familiar - but covers change.. – Andrew Dec 18 '18 at 7:14
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    Definitely the one. beyond doubt. Thank you. – Andrew Dec 18 '18 at 7:37

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