It is with sadness that we announce the death of Brian Wilson Aldiss O.B.E. author, artist and poet, at his home in Oxford in the early hours of Saturday 19th August 2017, aged 92.
Some of the most influential books on me were Brian Aldiss’:
- Galactic Empires, vol 1
- Galactic Empires, vol 2: The rise and fall of Human civilization in space, as told through an anthology of classic SF with Brian’s theory & practice of empire essays.
- Helliconia Trilogy: A lost Human colony coexisting with native horned Phagors through millennia-long seasons, and starfaring Human observers.
- Nonstop, aka Starship: The best of the failed generation colony ship stories.
- Hothouse, aka The Long Afternoon of Earth: The end of Earth, tidally locked to the Sun and overgrown with a billion years of evolution.
A common theme of much of his work is of adaptation, that life evolves and struggles even at the end of the Earth or civilization.