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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.

 

Maxim Jakubowski's view on HOTHOUSE...
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 Faber Stories

Three Types of Solitude Faber Stories

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

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.'

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 Malacia Tapestry

The Malacia Tapestry

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2015

In Malacia, a city where change is forbidden and radical ideas are crushed, a war like no other is about to commence... 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. Struggling young actor Perian de Chirolo does as he pleases in the timeless city. He is a lover, a fighter and has no thought for consequence, until the magic of Malacia changes and reality begins to catch up with him. Now de Chirolo must make a choice between his old life, and joining the revolutionaries who will fight to ensure Malacia is never the same again.

The Male Response

The Male Response

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Written at the peak of the swinging sixties, this is an ironic, hilarious and frank investigation of sexual politics and the male sex drive. 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. Events move fast in Umbalathorp, the capital city of the new African republic of Goya. When affable young PR man Soames Noyes arrives fresh off the boat from England to deliver the city's first computer, he finds himself swept up in a current of women, witch-doctors and promiscuity. Soon the indecisive Soames is saying goodbye to inhibition and hello to a new sexual politics.

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 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 1)

The Complete Short Stories: The 1960s (Part 1)

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 one 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 high-tech hive minds hunting wild robots, to the story of Mr Meacher, who is given an injection which helps him gain a dimension, 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 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 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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When the Feast is Finished

When the Feast is Finished

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2015

A moving account of the death of Brian Aldiss' wife Margaret. Margaret Aldiss, Brian's wife of thirty years, passed away quickly after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Based on journals they both kept, When the Feast is Finished is a moving account of those last months of Margaret's life. Alongside Margaret's bravely honest journal entries, Aldiss draws a heartbreaking portrait of the sustaining force of love in the face of a devastating illness. As husband and wife describe those last few precious months, they give thanks for the thirty years of joy and happiness they shared, the children of whom they are so proud, and the chance to say goodbye.

Jocasta: Wife and Mother

Jocasta: Wife and Mother

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/2014

A Theban adventure from the master of Science-Fiction, here proving himself adept at imagining historical worlds. Part of the Brian Aldiss Collection. In Jocasta, Aldiss brings vividly to life the ancient world of dreaming Thebes: a world of sun-drenched landscapes, golden dust, sphynxes, Furies, hermaphroditic philosophers, ghostly apparitions and ambivalent gods. Jocasta is also a strikingly effective contemplation of an older world order where the human mind is still struggling to understand itself and the nature of the world around it.

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.