"Window" is a science fiction story by American writer Bob Leman, originally published in the May 1980 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction,[1] and reprinted numerous times.

Plot summary edit

A researcher seeking to merge science and magic opens a “window” which reveals what seems to be a tranquil Victorian home and family. The viewpoint characters can see through the "window" to the family, but the family can't see them. Yearning for the apparently idyllic life seen through the portal, a man crosses to the other dimension but is immediately killed and eaten by the family. The family performs a ritual, closing the portal, and all disappear. However, the dead man's bones come out of thin air where the portal had been. The viewpoint characters realize that the man-eating family have found a "window" into their world and are now watching them.

Reception edit

"Window" was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story.[2] The influential science fiction publisher Donald A. Wollheim included the short story in The 1981 Annual World's Best SF.[3] Ann and Jeff VanderMeer included it in the 2012 compendium The Weird.

The story was adapted in the episode A View Through the Window in the anthology horror series Night Visions, starring Bill Pullman in the main role.

References edit

  1. ^ "Title: Window". Isfdb.org. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  2. ^ "1981 Nebula Awards". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Locus Publications. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "The 1981 Annual World's Best SF. edited by Donald A. Wollheim. DAW, 1981". Best SF. 2003-02-25. Retrieved 2017-05-07.