An Exile on Planet Earth Articles and Reflections

by Brian Aldiss

An Exile on Planet Earth Articles and Reflections Synopsis

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.

An Exile on Planet Earth Articles and Reflections Press Reviews

Brian Aldiss is one of the most influential--and one of the best--science fiction writers Britain has ever produced. --Iain Banks, author of Transition Brian Aldiss is one of the most influential and one of the best science fiction writers Britain has ever produced. --Iain Banks, author of Transition Masterful English prose. Paul Kincaid, author of Strange Horizons --Paul Kincaid, author of Strange Horizons What he gives us here is the reality that underlies the fiction: personal stories, often of pain, that illuminate the work. --Alan Yentob, from the foreword What he gives us here is the reality that underlies the fiction: personal stories, often of pain, that illuminate the work. --Alan Yentob, from the foreword Masterful English prose. --Paul Kincaid, author of Strange Horizons --Paul Kincaid, author of Strange Horizons

Book Information

ISBN: 9781851243730
Publication date: 1st February 2012
Author: Brian Aldiss
Publisher: The Bodleian Library
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: Literary essays,

About Brian Aldiss

Brian Aldiss, OBE, is a fiction and science fiction writer, poet, playwright, critic, memoirist, and artist. He has written more than 75 books and 300 short stories, including the acclaimed novels Hothouse, Non-stop and the Helliconia trilogy, all regarded as modern classics.

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