Brian Aldiss 1925 - 2017

Written by Ed Fortune Monday, 21 August 2017

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Grand Master of Science Fiction Brian Aldiss passed away Saturday, August 19th. He had just turned 92 the previous day.

Aldiss wrote over 100 books and more than 300 short stories during his long and distinguished career. His awards included one John W. Campbell Memorial Award, two Hugo Awards and a Nebula. Aldiss was also awarded the OBE for services to literature in 2005.

Known for works such as Non-stop, Hothouse and The Helliconia Trilogy, he is perhaps best known for his Super Toys short stories which were adapted into the Kubrick/Spielberg movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence. His book Greybeard has been cited as one of the greatest science fiction works to deal with the subject of depression, and his razor-sharp intelligence and witty writing is seen as one the critical bridging points between mainstream fiction and genre.

In an interview with STARBURST Magazine two years ago, his advice to young authors was “Try not to age. Get laid as often as possible.” He will be greatly missed.

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