B. Sridhar Rao


Opening Lines

“I woke up a few minutes ago with a severe headache and a sense of impending death. In the next half hour or so, I know, I am going to die. Nothing can now prevent my physical condition from deteriorating rapidly. As I am trying to write as fast as my mind can think—in an attempt to finish my story before I am finished—my breathing is becoming labored, and the pain in my chest is beginning to torture me.”

Opening line from “Victims of Time” by B. Sridhar Rao, M.D. International Science Fiction June 1968

B. Sridhar Rao’s Victims of Time

International Science Fiction No. 2 page 79From International Science Fiction No. 2 (June 1968):

From India, “Victims of Time” written and translated by B. Sridhar Rao, M.D. It’s a three-page mashup of D.O.A. and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. A scientist reverses the aging process, curing those with debilitating health conditions like the protagonist. But when it’s realized the human race will become extinct in a single lifetime, the scientist reverses the process again and our protagonist finds himself writing his story as each sentence brings him closer to the end.

The story was included in The Penguin World Omnibus of Science Fiction edited by Brian Aldiss with Sam J. Lundwall (1986).