Brian Aldiss

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ALDISS, Brian W. (1925) English novelist and anthologist, who has played a leading roie in raising science fiction to the level of a serious literary form. His own novels cover a wide spectrum, from remote imagined worlds to stories "merely coloured by the presence of the future"; and are energetically and vividly written. Less well known is his series of semi-autobiographical novels starting with The Hand-Reared Boy (1970), which are bawdy reminiscences of life in the British army and elsewhere. His Billion Year Spree (1973) is a fine general history of science fiction. His stories are possibly his best work.

Selected Books & Recommended Reading
Starswarm (1954)
The Brightfount Diaries (1955)
Non-Stop (1958)
Starship (1958)
No Time Like Tomorrow (1959)
Vanguard from Alpha (1959)
Bow Down to Nul (1960)
The Long Afternoon of Earth (1961)
The Primal Urge (1961)
The Male Response (1961)
Hothouse (1962)
Greybeard (1964)

Upon discharge the armed forces Brian Aldiss became a book dealer in Oxford for nearly ten years, an experience which provided the setting for his first book, The Brightfount Diaries, a book of short stories. His first science fiction novel, Non-Stop, was released in 1958

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