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Helliconia

Helliconia 1

Helliconia Spring, Helliconia Summer, Helliconia Winter

by Brian Aldiss
Paperback
Publication Date: 09/10/2020
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Helliconia is a planet that, due to the massively eccentric orbit of its own sun around another star, experiences seasons that lasts eons. Whole civilisations grow in the Spring, flourish in the Summer and then die in the brutal winters. The human-like inhabitants have been profoundly changed by their experience of this harsh cycle.



In orbit above the planet a terran mission struggles to observe and understand the effects on society of such a massive climatic impact.



Massive, thoroughly researched, minutely organised, full of action, pulp references and deep drama this is a classic trilogy.
ISBN:
9780575086159
9780575086159
Category:
Science fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
09-10-2020
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Co
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
1328
Dimensions (mm):
197x132x61mm
Weight:
0.92kg
Brian Aldiss

Author of British Science Fiction classics Non-stop, Hothouse and Greybeard, Aldiss’s writing spanned genres and generations, bridging the gap between classic ‘science fiction’ and contemporary literature with his Helliconia Trilogy and Thomas Squire Quartet. Aldiss was also an entertaining memoirist, notably basing his Horatio Stubbs saga on his wartime adventures in Burma and the Far East, as well as the autobiography The Twinkling of an Eye. A friend and drinking companion of Kingsley Amis and correspondent with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, Aldiss was a founding member of the Groucho Club in London and a judge on the 1981 Booker Prize.

Awarded the Hugo Award for Science Fiction in 1962 and the Nebula Award in 1965, Aldiss’s writings were well received by the critics and earned a strong following in the United States and in Britain as well as being widely translated into foreign languages. In later years his cultured world view and enduring curiosity found expression in the novels Harm and The Finches of Mars, dealing with the contradictions of the war against terror and the logistical difficulties of accommodating different terrestrial belief systems in space. Among his considerable body of short fiction are the ‘Supertoys’ stories, adapted for film as A.I., on which Aldiss collaborated with Stanley Kubrick for over a decade before its completion by Steven Spielberg. His novel Frankenstein Unbound was made for screen by Roger Corman.

In 2000 Brian Aldiss was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Reading and received the title of Grandmaster from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for services to Literature with the O.B.E. in the 2005 Birthday Honours list. He died in August 2017, aged 92.

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  • Game of Thrones fans, give Helliconia a chance!

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    There's not a lot to add to the body of writing which already exists praising Aldiss' superlative Helliconia trilogy. A true science fiction masterpiece, it covered a lot of ground now being re-tread by the hugely popular Game of Thrones franchise. It's on Helliconia that winter is REALLY coming! Give these books a try and the epic story of this planet and the human mission to observe it is guaranteed to provoke some deep thinking while remaining entertaining from start to finish.