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Brian Aldiss RIP

Post by bennieGrara » Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:54 am

Very sad to hear of the passing of Brian Aldiss. He was one of the greats of Science Fiction and a true gentleman. Alan and I were lucky enough to get into his talk at the Worldcon when it was in London a few years ago. He was, as always, a brillant speaker and kept the audience entranced. He recounted numerous stories of his life with great humour and a twinkle in his eye. He will be greatly missed.

Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Post by Voice From Limbo » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:20 pm

Damn,how did that random "to" get in there? And I can't edit. :oops:

Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Post by Voice From Limbo » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:15 pm

Yep. Looking at the Ballard article on the SF Encyclopedia site, I see how much of his work I've missed:

Although that's true with most other authors, except maybe my favorite, Jack Vance.

Checking some of the linked articles, I noticed that the author of the entry "Optimism and Pessimism" classifies Ballard as an "ironist" rather than a pessimist. I'm not sure I'd agree,though it's an interesting argument.

The entries on "Post-Apocalypse","Ruined Earth",and related themes are also of interest,although with articles by multiple authors,you can get some disagreements among them,as well as differing uses of the same terms. I noticed this with the companion Encyclopedia of Fantasy,in articles related to Tolkien.

BTW--I've been tempted to chime in on some of the other book threads,but most of the other ones are over a year old. That would be considered to thread necromancy, I suppose.

OTOH,whenever I browse the Book Forum, I seem to be the only one here,so I'm guessing no one would care!

Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Post by 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

Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Post by 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: ... literature

Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Post by 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...

Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Post by 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: ... iction.php

Hence my nostalgic reference.

Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Post by Guest » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:52 pm

He wrote Barefoot in the Head though. That was a bit weird.

Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

Post by Guest » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:51 pm

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

Re: Brian Aldiss RIP

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

He also came up with this: ... 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!