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21 August 2017 @ 04:39 pm
Brian W. Aldiss (1925-2017)  
The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts has lost a Permanent Special Guest, and the field as a whole has lost one of its widest-ranging geniuses: universe-spanning imagination (Galaxies like Grains of Sand), Joycean psychedelia (Barefoot in the Head), beautiful decay (The Long Afternoon of Earth), alternatives to humanity (The Malacia Tapestry), world building (Helliconia), history of the field (The Billion Trillion Year Spree), and even a mimetic best seller (The Hand-Reared Boy). My idiosyncratic favorite is The Shape of Further Things, a meditation on diverse topics written around the time of the moon landing.
kaffyrkaffyr on August 23rd, 2017 02:50 am (UTC)
Another one gone. I need to read more Aldiss. I remember hearing his guest of honor speech at Worldcon 1979 in Brighton, and being impressed.