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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.

Other books by Brian Aldiss

Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

Cretan Teat

Cretan Teat

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

A ribald tale from Britain's best-love Science Fiction writer. The Cretan Teat is a bawdy novel, telling the extraordinary tale a Byzantine painting of the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the infant Jesus. This false icon gets adopted by the people - and so becomes instrumental in the downfall of mankind. This is a story where the narrator - the author - is regularly caught with his trousers down. It is at once funny and important, a post-modern text reminiscent of Pirandello, where sexcapades brush shoulders with the end of the world.

Songs from the Steppes: The Poems of Makhtumkuli

Songs from the Steppes: The Poems of Makhtumkuli

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

An oddity among Aldiss works - verse translations. Song from the Steppes is the collected poems of Makhtumkuli, eighteenth century poet-hero of Turkmenistan. In this book, Aldiss renders prose translations made by Dr Youssef Azemoun, an expert on Turkic languages and literature, from the original into verse.

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'.

Eighty Minute Hour

Eighty Minute Hour

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2013

An ambitious, incredible - Space Opera! A science-fiction story which occasionally breaks off into song - a genuine space opera. Quite possibly Aldiss's strangest novel, and that is saying something.

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.

Moreau's Other Island

Moreau's Other Island

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

Welcome 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.

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.

Hothouse

Hothouse

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/04/2013

In a strange future, the earth has stopped rotating, and the stationary world is now split between perpetual day and unending night. The few remaining humans are led by the elders who, facing the end of their time, hand the leadership to a young girl, Toy. The group's manchild Gren wants to be his own leader, however, and will tear apart the group in his search for a new Eden.

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.

Helliconia Summer

Helliconia Summer

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

The second novel in the epic Helliconia trilogy. It is the summer of the Great Year on Helliconia. The humans are involved with their own affairs. Their old enemies, the phagors, are comparitively docile at this time of year; yet they can afford to wait, to take advantage of human weakness - and of the king's weakness. How they do so brings to a climax this powerfully compelling novel, in which the tortuous unwindings of circumstance enmesh royalty and commoners alike, and involve the three Helliconia continents.

The Brightfount Diaries

The Brightfount Diaries

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2013

Aldiss' first novel republished after many years out of print. In a small provincial city, Peter lives with his long-suffering Aunt Anne and his eccentric Uncle Leo, and works in a bookshop called Brightfount's, which he describes as a `shabby outpost of literacy'. Cutting the apron strings, he moves into a bed-sit and composes these witty diaries, in which he includes amusing remarks about publishers, authors, booksellers and customers, a revelation about his dotty uncle, and his efforts to find a suitable girl. First published as a weekly serial in The Bookseller, these fictional diaries became a sensation, prompting fanmail from across the globe and resulting in the author's first book deal.

Brothers of the Head

Brothers of the Head

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Sci-fi legend Brian Aldiss' dark and compelling story of Siamese twin boys with a third dormant head. Tom and Barry are Siamese twins with a third head growing out of Barry's shoulder. They are plucked from their deprived home by showbiz entrepreneurs and form a rock band, The Bang Bang. But the twins have a violent relationship and jealousies arise over their shared lover. Can a band split up when the singers are permanently joined together?

The Primal Urge

The Primal Urge

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2012

How would you like to have a disc set in the middle of your forehead which glowed pink whenever you felt sexually aroused? This is the basis of Brian Aldiss' amazingly funny and original novel, first published in 1961 and set in a near-future Britain where the discs are to be made compulsory - but not before a lot of hilarious and even frightening events occur, suggesting that perhaps it's not such a good idea to wear one's, er, `heart' on one's forehead.

Rude Awakening (Horatio Stubbs, Book 3)

Rude Awakening (Horatio Stubbs, Book 3)

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2012

The final volume of the Horatio Stubbs trilogy, available as an ebook for the first time.The war is over but our hero, Horatio Stubbs, is still in Sumatra and still narrating his sexual adventures.Brian says: "e;In the third (and last) of the HAND REARED BOY series, equatorial juices flow. Stubbs is now in Sumatra, the official war being over. But the birth pains of the new Indonesian republic interfere with Stubbs's sexual involvements with, among others, two Chinese ladies."e;

Hand-Reared Boy (Horatio Stubbs, Book 1)

Hand-Reared Boy (Horatio Stubbs, Book 1)

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2012

The groundbreaking novel about sex and growing up, available as an ebook for the first time.Longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, The Hand-Reared Boy was the first literary novel to honestly, and explicitly, explore the sexual awakening of a young man. Quite shocking when first published in 1970, it is now considered a classic.It is the first book in the Horatio Stubbs Trilogy.Brian says: "e;Young Horatio Stubbs suffers the pangs of adolescence, but is weaned from the pleasures of masturbation by the delights offered by his school's nursing sister, who is not all she seems. The novel became a great scandal in England, where it was rejected by thirteen publishers, and caused a lawsuit - as a result of which it became a bestseller."e;

Soldier Erect: or Further Adventures of the Hand-Reared Boy (Horatio Stubbs, Book 2)

Soldier Erect: or Further Adventures of the Hand-Reared Boy (Horatio Stubbs, Book 2)

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2012

The second book in the Horatio Stubbs Trilogy, available for the first time on ebook.A Soldier Erect finds Horatio Stubbs, the hero of The Hand-Reared Boy, serving in the Far East during WW2. Thankfully, the war doesn't get in the way of his sexual escapades.Brian says: "e;In the second novel concerning Horatio Stubbs, World War II has broken out. Stubbs is serving in the British army in India and Burma. After tussles with whores in India comes the struggle with the Japanese in the jungle. The only novel to describe a soldier's life in the 'Forgotten Army'. Like its predecessor, Soldier was a best seller in England."e;

Horatio Stubbs Trilogy

Horatio Stubbs Trilogy

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2012

For the first time ever all three Horatio Stubbs novels in one volume.An omnibus edition of the groundbreaking sex comedies that together form the Horatio Stubbs Trilogy.Following our hero from schoolboy through to soldier and on to his 40s, these books were highly shocking when they were first published in the 1970s but are now viewed as landmark novels.Contains The Hand-Reared Boy, A Soldier Erect and A Rude Awakening.

Squire Quartet

Squire Quartet

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2012

For the first time ever, all four books in the Squire Quartet collected in one volume.Set during the last years of the Cold War, and spanning the duration of Thatcher's Britain, The Squire Quartet follows the political, professional and private adventures of a group of linked characters. It is a vivid fictional portrait of Britain's recent history.All four volumes - Life in the West, Forgotten Life, Remembrance Day and Somewhere East of Life - are collected here for the first time in one volume and for the first time in ebook form.

An Exile on Planet Earth Articles and Reflections

An Exile on Planet Earth Articles and Reflections

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2012

Although Brian Aldiss cannot be pigeon-holed as a science fiction writer there is no doubt that he is a master of the art of conceiving other worlds. His fertile imagination has created intriguing and often shocking narratives which have become classics of the genre and have also translated into cinema. This collection of his essays, most of which are revised for this volume, is a testimony to the influences behind his writing, showing how the circumstances and events of his childhood are translated into strange metaphors in his novels and stories (the lonely boy playing on the beach in Walcot), how his identification with the `exile' is a recurring theme throughout his work (it is surely no accident that he was asked to write an introduction to Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago), and how a world without children (Greybeard) expressed his grief at the temporary loss of his own children after his first marriage broke up. In these writings we witness the main events of Aldiss's life, and through his honesty and vulnerablity we are able to trace the alliance between incidents in his life and his creative imagination. For the lovers of his many books and poems this volume reveals new insights into the man and his world, giving us a better understanding of his place in the history and literary criticism of science fiction and of his interest in the cultural importance of SF as a genre.

Somewhere East of Life

Somewhere East of Life

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2012

The final volume of the critically acclaimed Squire Quartet. Having abandoned Britain to its recession, architectural historian Roy Burnell operates out of Germany, attempting to hold the world together culturally. Moving around the more outrageous parts of the globe, his task is to list architectural gems threatened by war, history and human awfulness. Such is man's ingenuity, however, that Burnell's mind is also threatened. Someone has stolen a chunk of his memory - ten years in fact. This chunk, and in particular the more salacious bits, such as his marriage to Stephanie, has been chopped up, recorded in e-mnemonicvision and sold to lovers of soft porn everywhere. First published in 1994 and unavailable for some time. Features a new introduction by the author.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2012

The third book in the Squire Quartet. Russian born Dominic is one of the success stories of the eighties, when yuppies made fortunes on the stock market . Ray Tebbutt is among the unlucky ones. He was involved in a bankruptcy in the mid-eighties . Peter Petrik, a dissident Czech film director, lives in Prague, dreaming of making more films when times improve . The lifelines of these people and others - comic and sad by turns in true Aldiss fashion - converge towards the finality of an IRA bomb episode in Great Yarmouth.

Life in the West

Life in the West

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2012

The first book in the acclaimed Squire Quartet. Thomas C. Squire, popular presenter of television documentaries, one time secret agent, a hedonist whose worldly success and self-confidence overshadow the lives of his family and friends, faces a mid-life crisis which undermines the stability of his ancient house. This brilliant and sometimes violent novel moves from England to Sicily, Singapore and Jugoslavia. Brian says: `A complex and argumentative drama built about the axes of Thomas Squire's attendance at an imaginary contemporary ARTS symposium in Sicily, his extramarital and marital relationships, and his past as a secret agent in Jugoslavia, a land caught between East and West. Includes several humorous portraits of national types.' First published in 1980 and unavailable for some time.

Forgotten Life

Forgotten Life

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2012

The second volume in the acclaimed Squire Quartet. Spanning fifty years and three continents - from pre-war Suffolk, to the Far East in the 1940s, to Oxford and America in the present day - Forgotten Life is a novel of immense scope, encompassing comedy and tragedy, joy and grief, as its three main characters try to work out the most difficult problem of all - the meaning of their own lives. Brian says: `This novel, which in retrospect can be seen to have a similar ground plan to Non-Stop, written thirty years earlier, was more warmly received than any other Aldiss novel, not simply by its reviewers but by readers.' Features a new introduction by the author.

Greybeard

Greybeard

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2011

Ecological disaster has left the English countryside a wasteland. Humanity faces extinction, unless Greybeard and his wife Martha are successful in their quest for the scarcest and most precious of resources: human children.

Mortal Morning

Mortal Morning

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2011

Helliconia Helliconia Spring, Helliconia Summer, Helliconia Winter

Helliconia Helliconia Spring, Helliconia Summer, Helliconia Winter

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2010

Helliconia is a planet that, due to the massively eccentric orbit of its own sun around another star, experiences seasons that lasts eons. Whole civilisations grow in the Spring, flourish in the Summer and then die in the brutal winters. The human-like inhabitants have been profoundly changed by their experience of this harsh cycle. In orbit above the planet a terran mission struggles to observe and understand the effects on society of such a massive climatic impact. Massive, thoroughly researched, minutely organised, full of action, pulp references and deep drama this is a classic trilogy.

The Shape of Further Things

The Shape of Further Things

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2008

'Haven't you ever thought to yourself after a pleasant evening - or even after a dull afternoon - that if you could but have it all again, preferably in slow motion, then you could trace in it all the varied strands of your life?' In The Shape of Further Things, originally published by Faber in 1970, Brian Aldiss presents an autobiographical work that explores both past and future. An intriguing book that explores a wide range of topics, offering a memorable perspective on the developing thoughts of a Science Fiction writer and a critique of the function of Science Fiction in society.

The Dark Light Years

The Dark Light Years

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2008

The Utods are a highly advanced alien species from whom the human race might learn much, with superior technology and a profound philosophy. But when they meet, their customs and conventions are far beneath what humankind considers to be civilized. Brian Aldiss's satirical depiction of the first encounter and subsequent violent conflict between mankind and a gentle, intelligent race which it cannot understand was first published in 1964, but its archly ironic message of cultural misunderstanding and the potential for catastrophe it entails resonates as strongly today. 'Flies straight to its mark with hardly a word wasted: a treat for the fans and required reading for anyone seriously interested in the fiction and ideas of today.' Kingsley Amis

Cryptozoic!

Cryptozoic!

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2008

'The human consciousness had now widened so alarmingly, was so busy transforming everything on Earth into its own peculiar tones, that no art could exist that did not take proper cognisance of the fact. Something entirely new had to be forged.' The time traveller Bush's adventure takes him through 1930, 1851, the Jurassic and 2093, on the way exploring a modern crisis that remains our own. In Brian Aldiss's tale of time travel, the fiction is once again as psychologically imaginative as it is scientific, an idiosyncrasy of Aldiss's future visions that, over time, have proven remarkably prescient.

Earthworks

Earthworks

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2008

'No way of solving these problems exists any more. The conventions collapsed like old bridges. On the one side of the gulf is the mind, eternal and untouched - on the other, the body, running, jumping, bleeding ... The mind can take care of itself, as it has had to from the very beginning; it's not as smart as the body, but it can survive.' The future Earth of Brian Aldiss's Earthworks is a moribund ecological disaster, ruined by poisons, greed, unsustainable development and overpopulation. Mankind is broken, starving, wracked with disease and divided by bitter social injustice. Our window into this terrible world is the dangerous, crazed Knowle Noland, whose destructive impulses threaten to upturn the wreckage of civilization, either to redemption or final catastrophe. Rarely do Science Fiction works stand well the test of time as their suppositions are out-dated and superseded; Brian Aldiss's vision is remarkable for having come closer to reality decades after he conceived of this terrible future.

Barefoot in the Head

Barefoot in the Head

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2008

'Everyone's touched! Don't be taken in by appearances here. Believe me, the old world has gone, but its shell remains in place. One day soon, there will come a breath of wind, a new messiah, the shell will crumple, and the kids will run, screaming, barefoot in the head, through lush new imaginary meadows. What a time to be young!' Barefoot in the Head is a tale of a future world recovering from a holocaust of hallucinogenic chemical weapons. For the victims, reality is a fluid mixture of the real, the imaginary and the nightmarish, the past, present and future. Colin Charteris, the hero and anti-hero on this continually disintegrating stage, has not himself survived the cataclysm unscathed, and his gradual descent into fantastic and paranoid visions will have drastic consequences for civilization. Brian Aldiss, in a psychedelic tour de force of inventive, playful narrative, owing as much to the methods of James Joyce and the experimentalism of William S. Burroughs as to H. G. Wells, goes light-years beyond the conventions of the genre to tell his story.

Harm

Harm

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2008

It is the very near future. Paul Ali, a young science fiction writer, who has the perceived misfortune of a Muslim heritage, has been arrested for no compelling reason. He is held as prisoner B, without a lawyer and isolated. Whenever the powers-that-be fancy a diversion, they beat him up. A foul-mouthed jobsworth subjects him to coarse and unremitting questioning. To escape from this humiliation prisoner B writes - in the privacy of his mind - a science fiction novel set on a planet in every sense a thousand light years away. But gradually the two worlds start to converge...In the tradition of dystopias like 1984 , this novel shocks and entertains.

A Science Fiction Omnibus

A Science Fiction Omnibus

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2007

This new edition of Brian Aldiss's classic anthology brings together a diverse selection of science fiction spanning over sixty years, from Isaac Asimov's `Nightfall', first published in 1941, to the 2006 story `Friends in Need' by Eliza Blair. Including authors such as Clifford Simak, Harry Harrison, Bruce Sterling, A. E. Van Vogt and Brian Aldiss himself, these stories portray struggles against machines, epic journeys, genetic experiments, time travellers and alien races. From stories set on Earth, to uncanny far distant worlds and ancient burnt-out suns, the one constant is humanity itself, compelled by an often fatal curiosity to explore the boundless frontiers of time, space and probability.

The Cretan Teat

The Cretan Teat

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2006

Speculations on Speculation Theories of Science Fiction

Speculations on Speculation Theories of Science Fiction

Author: Brian Aldiss, Judith Berman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2004

Science fiction is a field of literature that has great interest and great controversy among its writers and critics. This book examines the roots, history, development, current status, and future directions of the field through articles contributed by well-respected science fiction writers, teachers, and critics. This book can be used as a textbook for courses in theory as well as courses in science fiction literature and science fiction writing.

Non-Stop

Non-Stop

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/09/2000

Curiosity was discouraged in the Greene tribe. Its members lived out their lives in cramped Quarters, hacking away at the encroaching ponics. As to where they were - that was forgotten. Roy Complain decides to find out. With the renegade priest Marapper, he moves into unmapped territory, where they make a series of discoveries which turn their universe upside-down ... Non-Stop is the classic SF novel of discovery and exploration; a brilliant evocation of a familiar setting seen through the eyes of a primitive.

Blood Read The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary Culture

Blood Read The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary Culture

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/1997

The vampire is one of the nineteenth century's most powerful surviving archetypes, owing largely to Bela Lugosi's portrayal of Dracula, the Bram Stoker creation. Yet the figure of the vampire has undergone many transformations in recent years, thanks to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and other works, and many young people now identify with vampires in complex ways. Blood Read explores these transformations and shows how they reflect and illuminate ongoing changes in postmodern culture. It focuses on the metaphorical roles played by vampires in contemporary fiction and film, revealing what they can tell us about sexuality and power, power and alienation, attitudes toward illness, and the definition of evil in a secular age. Scholars and writers from the United States, Canada, England, and Japan examine how today's vampire has evolved from that of the last century, consider the vampire as a metaphor for consumption within the context of social concerns, and discuss the vampire figure in terms of contemporary literary theory. In addition, three writers of vampire fiction-Suzy McKee Charnas (author of the now-classic Vampire Tapestry), Brian Stableford (writer of the lively and erudite novels Empire of Fear and Young Blood), and Jewelle Gomez (creator of the dazzling Gilda stories)-discuss their own uses of the vampire, focusing on race and gender politics, eroticism, and the nature of evil. The first book to examine a wide range of vampire narratives from the perspective of both writers and scholars, Blood Read offers a variety of styles that will keep readers thoroughly engaged, inviting them to participate in a dialogue between fiction and analysis that shows the vampire to be a cultural necessity of our age. For, contrary to legends in which Dracula has no reflection, we can see reflections of ourselves in the vampire as it stands before us cloaked not in black but in metaphor.