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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

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.

Songs from the Steppes: The Poems of Makhtumkuli

Songs from the Steppes: The Poems of Makhtumkuli

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback 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.

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.

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 / softback 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 / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

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.

The Primal Urge

The Primal Urge

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2012

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.

Brothers of the Head

Brothers of the Head

Author: Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2012

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?