When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults.
I just can’t Not Love an author quoted to say things like that.
Brian Aldiss is a character, as you can see from the interviews I linked below. He likes to provoke a reaction, and has been known to openly criticise the British literary establishment and its disdain for ‘genre’ – but Aldiss also doesn’t approve of genre-only readers.
…”I [the interviewer] quote to him something he wrote in 1990: “Just as the [literary] establishment is philistine about science, the bulk of the science-fiction readership is philistine about literature.” “Ha!” he cries gleefully, “offends both parties.”…
And he has always known the value of the what-ifs and speculative fiction and how vast and fruitful the scifi genre could be. It’s more than just space ships and flights of fancy, new world with new creatures: more a mirror of what could be, or should be, if norms were challenged, or refused.
…”while it [science fiction] may take place in an alternate or future world, it deals with the present.”…
Brian Aldiss’ website is here, with all the information you can wish for, journals extracts, blog, latest publications and snippets of past and new work.
You can also find a detailed list of his work in the ISFDB, here.
What do you think?
Suggestions for reading*:
The Moment of Eclipse – short stories collection, this one from the 70s, but any of his collections, really.
Hothouse – symbiosis! With fungi!
NonStop – familiar seen by primitive eyes…