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Brian Aldiss - Author

About the Author

Brian Aldiss is a distinguished science fiction writer and was made Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000.

 

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A future Earth has been overrun by vegetation and a a giant tree now connects the planet to the Moon, while the sun is about to go nova. A wildly exuberant tale of survival and thrilling adventures as the remains of humanity battle the mutated animal kingdom and the overbearing heat in search of desperate answers.

Featured books by Brian Aldiss

The Twinkling of an Eye

The Twinkling of an Eye

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2015

 His life as a struggling novelist is unflinchingly laid bare. There are recollections of the beauty and freedoms of Sumatra, the camaraderie of the army and the sobriety of post-war England, bookselling in Oxford, marital breakdown and financial impoverishment. With insight and honesty, Aldiss delves into his role in the new wave of science fiction writing in the 1960s, and his friendships with his contemporaries: Anthony Storr, J. G. Ballard, Kingsley Amis, Doris Lessing, Michael Moorcock and William Boyd.

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Other books by Brian Aldiss

Three Types of Solitude

Three Types of Solitude

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles. Brian Aldiss, who died in 2017, was best known for his science fiction - and in particular for a short story optioned by Stanley Kubrick, which would, under the direction of Steven Spielberg, become the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Aldiss's first book was published by Faber in 1955. This brief, late trilogy contains much of his lively humour, one improbable invention, and a pervasive sense of loneliness and longing. 'Sadness is just happiness in reverse,' says someone in a story within the story, 'We humans have to put up with it.' Bringing together past, present and future in our ninetieth year, Faber Stories is a celebratory compendium of collectable work.

Hell's Cartographers

Hell's Cartographers

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2018

Starship - Verloren im Weltraum

Starship - Verloren im Weltraum

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2018

VERLOREN IM WELTRAUMEin gigantisches Raumschiff driftet seit Jahrhunderten scheinbar ziellos durch Raum und Zeit. Allmhlich haben Schlingpflanzen das Innere des Schiffs berwuchert und die Nachkommen der ursprnglichen Besatzung sind in primitive Strukturen zurckgefallen. Das Wissen um Technik, den Weltraum - ja sogar wer sie sind und woher sie kommen - ist in Vergessenheit geraten. Roy Complain ist einer der Bewohner des Schiffs. Als Roys Frau von einer verfeindeten Gruppe entfhrt wird, verlsst er das ihm bekannte Territorium. Auf seiner Suche trifft er nicht nur auf bizarre Lebensformen, sondern entdeckt Hinweise auf den Ursprung ihrer MissionBrian Aldiss Roman STARSHIP wurde erstmals 1958 verffentlicht, und bezeichnet den Anfang der groen Karriere des berhmten Science Fiction Autor

Cryptozoic!

Cryptozoic!

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

In the year 2093, human consciousness has expanded to the point that man can visit the past using a technique called 'mind-travelling'. Artist Edward Bush returns from a lengthy 'trip' to the Jurassic period to find the government overthrown by an authoritarian regime. Given his mind-travel experience, he is recruited by the new regime to track down and assassinate a scientist whose ideas threaten to topple the status quo. However, the job of an artist is not to take orders but to ask questions . . .

Walcot (The Brian Aldiss Collection)

Walcot (The Brian Aldiss Collection)

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 03/12/2015

A story charting the events of the twentieth century through the eyes of the Fielding family, whose fortunes are altered irrevocably...The Brian Aldiss collection includes over 50 books and spans the author's entire career, from his debut in 1955 to his more recent work.On the glorious sands of the North Norfolk coast, Steve, the youngest member of the Fielding family, plays alone. But are these halcyon days?War is looming, and things will never be the same again. This book, described by Brian as his magnum opus, charts the fortunes of the Fielding family throughout the twentieth century.

Walcot

Walcot

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/11/2015

A story charting the events of the twentieth century through the eyes of the Fielding family, whose fortunes are altered irrevocably... The Brian Aldiss collection includes over 50 books and spans the author's entire career, from his debut in 1955 to his more recent work. On the glorious sands of the North Norfolk coast, Steve, the youngest member of the Fielding family, plays alone. But are these halcyon days? War is looming, and things will never be the same again. This book, described by Brian as his magnum opus, charts the fortunes of the Fielding family throughout the twentieth century.

The Complete Short Stories: The 1960s (Part 3)

The Complete Short Stories: The 1960s (Part 3)

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Following on from the 1950s collection, this is the second collection of Brian Aldiss' short stories, taken from the 1960s. A must-have for collectors. Part three of four. This collection gathers together, for the very first time, Brian Aldiss' complete catalogue of short stories from the 1960s, in four parts. Taken from diverse and often rare sources, the works in this collection chart the blossoming career of one of Britain's most beloved authors. From stories of war robots, to a community of telepaths who have created a unique torture technique, this book proves once again that Aldiss' gifted prose and unparalleled imagination never fail to challenge and delight. The four books of the 1960s short story collection are must-have volumes for all Aldiss fans, and an excellent introduction to the work of a true master. THE BRIAN ALDISS COLLECTION INCLUDES OVER 50 BOOKS AND SPANS THE AUTHOR'S ENTIRE CAREER, FROM HIS DEBUT IN 1955 TO HIS MORE RECENT WORK.

The Complete Short Stories: The 1960s (Part 2)

The Complete Short Stories: The 1960s (Part 2)

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Following on from the 1950s collection, this is the second collection of Brian Aldiss' short stories, taken from the 1960s. A must-have for collectors. Part two of four. This collection gathers together, for the very first time, Brian Aldiss' complete catalogue of short stories from the 1960s, in four parts. Taken from diverse and often rare sources, the works in this collection chart the blossoming career of one of Britain's most beloved authors. From stories of discordant astronauts, approaching a star-swallowing vortex, to a mother and son, in danger of becoming ever younger when they are captured by an alien race and taken to a world where time runs backward, this book proves once again that Aldiss' gifted prose and unparalleled imagination never fail to challenge and delight. The four books of the 1960s short story collection are must-have volumes for all Aldiss fans, and an excellent introduction to the work of a true master. THE BRIAN ALDISS COLLECTION INCLUDES OVER 50 BOOKS AND SPANS THE AUTHOR'S ENTIRE CAREER, FROM HIS DEBUT IN 1955 TO HIS MORE RECENT WORK.

The Complete Short Stories: The 1960s (Part 4)

The Complete Short Stories: The 1960s (Part 4)

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Following on from the 1950s collection, this is the second collection of Brian Aldiss' short stories, taken from the 1960s. A must-have for collectors. Part four of four. This collection gathers together, for the very first time, Brian Aldiss' complete catalogue of short stories from the 1960s, in four parts. Taken from diverse and often rare sources, the works in this collection chart the blossoming career of one of Britain's most beloved authors. From the first robot to commit suicide to the tale of a little boy who finds more companionship from his robot Teddy than from his parents - a story which was the literary basis for the first act of Steven Spielberg's blockbuster feature film A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. This book proves once again that Aldiss' gifted prose and unparalleled imagination never fail to challenge and delight. The four books of the 1960s short story collection are must-have volumes for all Aldiss fans, and an excellent introduction to the work of a true master. THE BRIAN ALDISS COLLECTION INCLUDES OVER 50 BOOKS AND SPANS THE AUTHOR'S ENTIRE CAREER, FROM HIS DEBUT IN 1955 TO HIS MORE RECENT WORK.

The Complete Short Stories: The 1950s

The Complete Short Stories: The 1950s

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

In a major publishing project, all of Brian Aldiss' 300+ short stories are being collected together for the first time. In a major publishing project, all of Brian Aldiss' 300+ short stories are being collected together for the first time. Volume one takes us from his very first story - A Book in Time, published in The Bookseller in 1954 and never seen again until now - right up to his establishment as a major new voice in science fiction by the end of that decade. As he enters his 89th year this is a long-overdue retrospective of the career of one of the most acclaimed science fiction writers of all time, and a true literary legend.

Supertoys Trilogy

Supertoys Trilogy

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

For the first time ever all three Suptertoys stories are collected in one essential volume.Featuring one of Brian Aldiss' most renowned works, 'Supertoys Last All Summer Long', which was adapted into the 2001 film 'A.I.' directed by Steven Spielberg.David is just a little boy, a little boy who loves his mother and his teddy bear. David wants to make his mother happy, and tell her he loves her, but can't quite seem to find the words.His verbal communication centre is giving him trouble again. He may have to go back to the factory.With a brand new introduction from Brian Aldiss, 'The Supertoys Trilogy' is essential reading for all Science Fiction fans. Also includes 'Supertoys When Winter Comes' and 'Supertoys in Other Seasons'.

Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/12/2013

A new novel from one of Britain's best-loved writer, Brian Aldiss OBE, set in and around his home-town of Oxford. Set in contemporary Oxford, this incisive novel charts the breakdown of a community. A new mosque is to be built - on the site of a derelict pub - and gradually, half-hidden prejudices begin to surface, and relationships between the residents start to sour. Drawing closely on current affairs, this novel investigates what it means to live in a post 7/7 world, where paranoia, prejudice and fear compete with tolerance and diversity.

Collected Essays

Collected Essays

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 29/08/2013

Four of Brian's acclaimed essay collections in one ebook.Four books of essays dating from the 1970s to the 1990s.The books included are THIS WORLD AND NEARER ONES, PALE SHADOW OF SCIENCE, AND THE LURID GLARE OF THE COMET and THE DETACHED RETINA.

Monster Trilogy

Monster Trilogy

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2013

Dracula Unbound, Frankenstein Unbound and Moreau's Other Island all together in one eBook.All of Aliss' Monster Trilogy in one place.Moreau's Other IslandWelcome to Dr Moreau's other island. Place of untold horros. Home of the Beast Men...Available for the first time in eBook.He stands very tall, long prosthetic limbs glistening in the harsh sun, withered body swaying, carbine and whip clasped in artificial hands. Man-beasts cower on the sand as he brandishes his gun in the air.He is Dr Moreau, ruler of the fabulous, grotesque island, where humans are as brutes and brutes as humans, where the future of the entire human race is being reprogrammed. The place of untold horrors. The place of the New Man.Frankenstein UnboundWhen Joe Bodenland is suddenly transported back in time to the year 1816, his first reaction is of eager curiosity rather than distress...This is Aldiss' response to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, available for the first time in eBook.When Joe Bodenland is suddenly transported back in time to the year 1816, his first reaction is of eager curiosity rather than distress. Certainly the Switzerland in which he finds himself, with its charming country inns, breathtaking landscapes and gentle, unmechanised pace of life, is infinitely preferable to the America of 2020 where the games of politicians threaten total annihilation. But after meeting the brooding young Victor Frankenstein, Joe realises that this world is more complex than the one he left behind. Is Frankenstein real, or are both Joe and he living out fictional lives?Dracula UnboundA dramatic reworking of the vampire myth in a way that only Brian Aldiss can...Available for the first time in eBook.When Bram Stoker was writing his famous novel, Dracula, at the end of the 19th century he received a visitor named Joe Bodenland. While the real Count Dracula came from the distant past, Joe arrived from Stoker's future - on a desperate mission to save humanity from the undead.

Helliconia Winter

Helliconia Winter

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 24/01/2013

The third and final book in the epic Helliconia trilogy. The centuries-long winter of the Great Year on Helliconia is upon us, and the Oligarch is taking harsh measures to ensure the survival of the people of the bleak Northern continent of Sibornal. Behind the battle with which the novel opens lies an act of unparalleled treachery. But the plague is coming on the wings of winter and the Oligarch's will is set against it - and against the phagors, humanity's ancient enemies, who carry the plague with them.

Helliconia Spring

Helliconia Spring

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 24/01/2013

This is the first volume of the Helliconia Trilogy - a monumental saga which goes beyond anything yet created by this master among today's imaginative writers. An entire solar system is revealed, and with it a world disturbingly reflecting our own, Helliconia: an Earth-like planet where dynasties change with the seasons . Events and characters and animals stream across the pages of this gigantic novel. Cosmic in scope, it keeps an eye lovingly on the humans involved. So the 5,000 inhabitants of the Earth's observation station above Helliconia keep their eyes trained on the events of Oldorando and may long to intervene though the dangers are too great. So we on Earth have them all in our vision in one of the most consuming and magnificent novels of scientific romance.