Search Results: "Brian W. Aldiss"


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COMMON CLAY by Brian W. Aldiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 1996

"Not to every taste, perhaps, but thoughtful and subtle, conveying the unnerving sense that there's always something else going on just beyond the reader's immediate apprehension."
The latest collection from British grandmaster Aldiss (A Tupolev Too Far, 1994, etc.) includes six original stories among the reprints, 198795, the whole being knitted together with unsettling fictional-autobiographical musings and others comments. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Although a writer's autobiography is perhaps most likely to appeal to that writer's previous fans, anyone encountering Aldiss for the first time in this excellent book will almost certainly turn back happily to his extensive and varied catalog of work."
A richly rendered memoir by one of England's finest writers. Read full book review >

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DRACULA UNBOUND by Brian W. Aldiss
Released: Jan. 2, 1990

British sf master Aldiss now roots in the well-plowed literary field of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Not particularly gripping as fiction, but engrossing and provocative nonetheless."
British F&SF grandmaster Aldiss (Common Clay, 1996, etc.) teams up with distinguished physicist-mathematician Penrose to offer a polemic, presented from a wealth of viewpoints, whose binding principle is that Mars should be left pristine, a refuge for science and contemplation, rather than systematically exploited. Read full book review >

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REMEMBRANCE DAY by Brian Aldiss
Released: July 23, 1993

"The upshot is original, disturbing, and memorable."
In another significant mainstream outing (Forgotten Life, 1989; Life in the West, 1990), British science-fiction/fantasy grandmaster Aldiss discovers fresh and arresting nuances in the dichotomy between blind chance and predestination in human affairs. Read full book review >

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FORGOTTEN LIFE by Brian Aldiss
Released: April 24, 1989

A rare and vital mainstream outing finds sf master Aldiss (Last Orders, p. 256; etc.) chronicling with wit and pathos the obsession of a middle-aged Oxford history don for his dead brother's life. Read full book review >

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SOMEWHERE EAST OF LIFE by Brian Aldiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Intelligent, funny, and hopeful in spite of itself, Aldiss's (A Tupolev Too Far, 1994) latest fantasy serves as a powerful warning about the perils of the future and a rueful assessment of humanity's likely response."
Roy Burnell likes his job; he travels the globe for World Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, an agency that researches, registers, and attempts to protect fine architecture from the dangers of wars that have broken out in Europe and Asia. Read full book review >

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A TUPOLEV TOO FAR by Brian Aldiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"A typically mixed bag, occasionally brilliant, often funny, always diverting."
Thirteen fairly recent pieces, including a weird alphabet and an amusing introductory poem, from the British sf/fantasy grandmaster (previous collections include A Romance of the Equator and Man in his Time). Read full book review >

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BRIAN NINE by Craig L. DeLue
Released: Dec. 12, 2011

"DeLue proves to be a wizard of his craft as he builds Carpella into a world imbued with natural human emotion, savory plotlines, memorable characters, history-changing situations, a fight for freedom and everlasting glory in this epic page-turner."
In DeLue's debut, teenagers Brian Nine and Will Star are onboard a spaceship when a bolt of lightning causes an accidental launch and the subsequent discovery of a new, inhabited planet. Read full book review >

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BRIAN BORU by Morgan Llywelyn
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"A satisfying tale of majesty and magic. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 12+)"
Adapted from the author's bestselling adult title Lion of Ireland (1980), about the charismatic man who united the Irish under his rule in the tenth century. Read full book review >

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BRIAN JONES by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An intimate portrait of the multifaceted and beguiling Jones, who forever changed popular music and culture."
A lively biography of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones, who was dethroned and died just as the band approached its artistic peak. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2000

"Hartigan depicts Wilson as not only an organizational genius, but also as an amazingly resilient, largely appealing, and otherwise immensely interesting human being."
A readable, informative, succinct, respectful, but nonreverential biography of Bill Wilson (1895-1971), the guiding spirit and organizer of Alcoholics Anonymous, the hugely successful (millions of members in 140 countries) Read full book review >