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Brian Aldiss RIP

Postby Sane Max nli » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:33 pm

Sad to hear Brian Aldiss has died. I was not a fan of most of his work, but read the Helliconia trilogy when I was about 20 and really loved them. A very superior created world, although typically very bleak indeed, and Billion World Spree is still interesting, from a time when SF was actually widely read and culturally significant.
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Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Postby A Voice From Limbo » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:58 pm

You mean it's not anymore? I must be out of touch. :(
Yes, I know fantasy has pushed it off the shelves,to a great extent. The Hugo and Nebula are still around,though, aren't they?

But thanks for posting this. I haven't read anything of his for,well,decades,now I think about it. Gulp. I'll have to dig some out.

One correction: It's Billion Year Spree,upgraded to "Trillion" in '86:

https://www.amazon.com/Trillion-Year-Sp ... 0755100689
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Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Postby andrewbeasley » Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:54 pm

An apt quote for us attributed to him:

When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults

Gents like him helped us keep childhood alive.
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Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Postby A Voice From Limbo » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:44 pm

He also came up with this:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/M ... atastrophe

I read "Triffids" at age 12,and confess I loved it. Bullies swept away--or I could get them though the throat with a Triffid gun. No consequences!
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Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Postby Guest » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:51 pm

Aldiss didn't write Day of the Triffids ':-|
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Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Postby Guest » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:52 pm

He wrote Barefoot in the Head though. That was a bit weird.
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Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Postby A Voice From Limbo » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:37 pm

Guest wrote:Aldiss didn't write Day of the Triffids ':-|


I'm aware. "Cosy Catastrophe" was directed at Wyndham:
http://bestsciencefictionbooks.com/cosy ... iction.php

Hence my nostalgic reference.
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Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Postby sane max nli » Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:12 pm

Odd to see a John Christopher book mentioned in your link. His adult disaster fiction reads as if he deliberately set out to be an anti-wyndham - the same sort of high-concept disaster followed by nice middle class people going down the shitter really fast.

in 'The World in Winter' the hero manages to ship out to Central Africa, together with all his money and with his wife and kids well ahead of the ordinary people of Britain, only to have his wife run off with a rich african and all his assets get frozen, and ends up living in a slum and cleaning the local TV studio. Even better, in 'The Death of Grass' our hero attempts to do a 'Triffids' style shopping expedition (16 triffid guns - lotsa triffid-bullets.... well, that's us sorted... so, tell me about the pornographic novel you wrote, sole surviving sexy-woman - oh, look, two orphans... that's the family unit sorted then!' lol, and promptly ends up virtually the hostage/unwilling tribal leader of the psychotic gun-shop owner. He has to overlook the complaints that the guy is raping the younger females in the group, because, well, he has a Bren Gun and everything...
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Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Postby Voice From Limbo » Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:44 pm

I agree. I'd say the same about Ballard--not very much cosy in the stuff of his I read.I suspect the writer was trying a little too hard to fit things into the category.

Interestingly, critic Northrop Frye,writing in the 1950's,included the form in his sixth phase of romance, one type of which he characterized as "cuddle fiction".

The same kind of reaction is apparently happening now in YA dystopian SF,which seems to be moving from defiance,as in The Hunger Games,to submission,a la 1984. I admit I haven't read any of this newer stuff,but if true,sounds like the usual course correction.

Though I'd worry about the kids who live on a steady diet of it. It's the softy in me. :cry:

If you have time, you might find this recent discussion of interest:

http://the1a.org/shows/2017-08-17/the-n ... literature
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Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Postby sane max nli » Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:22 am

Ballard was on that list too? god, maybe i read the wrong Ballard. I always found him as cold as ice, about as cosy as a snow-bank
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