Aldiss, Brian W.:

Brian W. Aldiss was an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. Aldiss was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000 and inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004. He received two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and one John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His influential works include the short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,” the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

We enjoy his short stories, and the Joe Bodenland novels which we start with here, but his non-SF/fantasy doesn’t do it for us. We have a few signed books. 

Joe Bodenland, a 21st century American, passes through a timeslip and finds himself with Byron and Shelley in the famous villa on the shore of Lake Geneva. More fantastically, he finds himself face to face with a real Frankenstein, a doppelgänger inhabiting a complex world where fact and fiction may as easily have congress as Bodenland himself manages to make love to Mary Shelley. This title was made into a film, starring John Hurt, Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda, Jason Patric and Michael Hutchence.

This new edition of Frankenstein Unbound features striking dustjacket art. It has a new introduction by fellow British New Wave pioneer Michael Moorcock. The book is oversize at 6½ × 10 inches .   

                                 

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Brian Aldiss - A Romance of the Equator - 1st /HB 

A fine retrospective, featuring 26 variations, 1960-89, this is a companion volume to Aldiss' splendid Best Science Fiction Stories (Man in his Time, 1989). Maybe, Aldiss jokes in deadpan British style, he should next put together a Best Nondescript Stories. As before the foundation of Aldiss' success is his impeccable technique coupled with his rare knack of creating believable characters and projecting them into bizarre and disturbing but in some way logical situations. Only one story here, "Old Hundredth," is truly famous (it also appears frequently as science fiction, so perhaps it's all a matter of interpretation), and, like many of the entries here, its complexity defeats easy characterization. The themes are more straightforward--though routine fantasy elements like elves, dragons, swards, and so forth, are notably absent--and dwell on art and its creation, the psychology thereof, the conflict between past and future, medicine, God and playing God, the past and its imprint on the present, love in all its guises, and the nature of evil 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1989

PUBLISHER: Gollancz

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition. 

Brian Aldiss - A Rude Awakening - 1st/HB  

A funny and brutal love story of Horatio Stubbs, an English infantryman during post WWII, and Margey the Chinese mistress he considers marrying. Third book of the Horatio Stubbs trilogy. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1978

PUBLISHER: Weidenfeld and Nicolson

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is good.

Brian Aldiss - Aldiss Unbound - Signed

An examination of the career of this science fiction and fantasy author as part of the Milford Series on authors. Written by Richard Mathews, this 64 page booklet has been signed by Brian and Richard Mathews.  

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1977

PUBLISHER: Borgo Press

BINDING: Pictural Wrap

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. 

Brian Aldiss - Barefoot in the Head - 1st /HB Inscribed.

When an undeclared Acid Head War breaks out, Britain is the first to be devastated by Psycho-Chemical Aerosols--tasteless, odourless, colourless psychedelic drugs, which distort the minds of thousands of civilians into extreme terror or extreme joy. When the warped citizens of Europe proclaim Colin Charteris their hero, he finds himself leading an unfathomable crusade in a devastated world. Perhaps Aldiss's most experimental work, this first appeared in several parts as the 'Acid Head War' series in New Worlds. Set in a Europe some years after a flare-up in the Middle East led to Europe being attacked with bombs releasing huge quantities of long-lived hallucinogenic drugs. Into an England with a population barely maintaining a grip on reality comes a young Serb, who himself starts coming under the influence of the ambient aerosols and finds  himself leading a messianic crusade.

This copy signed, inscribed and dated - Sydney '78 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1969

PUBLISHER: Faber and Faber

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition. 

Brian Aldiss - Billion Year Spree - 1st/HB  

Curiously enough Billion Year Spree is the first comprehensive history of science fiction to be published. Aldiss, himself a past master at the genre, shows how sf was born in 1818, in the very heart of the English Romantic Movement, when Mary Godwin Shelley wrote Frankenstein Or, The Modern Prometheus. The novel was immediately successful, and the germ of its fearsome idea – of a man-made man – has flourished ever since.

This copy signed by Brian.

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1973

PUBLISHER: Doubleday

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is good.

Brian Aldiss - Bury My Heart at W.H. Smiths - 1st /HB 

In this fascinating account of the life of a writer, Brian Aldiss reveals with wit and candour his adventures with publishers, booksellers, agents, fellow authors and readers. He shares wry, witty and informative tales, beginning with his first job at the Oxford bookshop that inspired his debut novel, The Brightfount Diaries; and ending with what is without a doubt the most gruelling experience for a writer - having a new novel published (Forgotten Life). Aldiss illustrates with inimitable style what makes and sustains a successful modern writer, and how a writer's life can be thrilling, unpredictable, routine and lonely all in the same day. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1990

PUBLISHER: Hodder and Stoughton

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition. 

Brian Aldiss - Frankenstein Unbound - 1st /HB 

Joe Bodenland, a 21st century American, passes through a timeslip and finds himself with Byron and Shelley in the famous villa on the shore of Lake Geneva. More fantastically, he finds himself face to face with a real Frankenstein, a doppelganger inhabiting a complex world where fact and fiction may as easily have congress as Bodenland himself manages to make love to Mary Shelley. This title was made into a film, starring John Hurt, Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda, Jason Patric and Michael Hutchence. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1973

PUBLISHER: Jonathan Cape

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in good condition, age spotted page edges, clean text block. The dust jacket is worn. In mylar protective wrap.

Brian Aldiss - Dracula Unbound - 1st US/HB

When Bram Stoker was writing his famous novel, Dracula, at the end of the 19th century he received a visitor named Joe Bodenland. While the real Count Dracula came from the distant past, Bodenland arrived from Stoker's future, on a desperate mission to save humanity from the Undead. In the barren dust of the far future, the sun leaks energy in a darkening sky and the only remaining humans are imprisoned by spectral, bloodthirsty beings. Back in the brilliant Utah sunlight of 1999, two ancient graves yield evidence that a species of human coexisted with the dinosaurs . . . 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1991

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition. 

Brian Aldiss - Dracula Unbound - 1st/HB 

When Bram Stoker was writing his famous novel, Dracula, at the end of the 19th century he received a visitor named Joe Bodenland. While the real Count Dracula came from the distant past, Bodenland arrived from Stoker's future, on a desperate mission to save humanity from the Undead. In the barren dust of the far future, the sun leaks energy in a darkening sky and the only remaining humans are imprisoned by spectral, bloodthirsty beings. Back in the brilliant Utah sunlight of 1999, two ancient graves yield evidence that a species of human coexisted with the dinosaurs . . . 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1991

PUBLISHER: Grafton

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition. 

Brian Aldiss - Forgotten Life - 1st /HB  

Analyst Clement Winters is trying to write a biography of his recently deceased older brother Joseph. Through the writings Joseph left behind -- letters, diaries, notes and confessions -- Clement realizes how little he actually knows his brother and how vastly his perception of him differs from reality. As Clement tries to make sense of the life of  his deceased sibling, he uncovers "little dark corners" of his family history and even his own life. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1988

PUBLISHER: Gollancz

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition. 

Brian Aldiss - Greybeard - 1st/HB

After the "Accident," all males on earth become sterile. Society ages and falls apart bit by bit. First toy companies go under. Then record companies. Then cities cease to function. Now earth's population lives  in spread-out, isolated villages, with its youngest members in their 50's. When the people of Sparcot begin to make claims of gnomes and man-eating rodents lurking around their village, Greybeard and his wife set out for the coast with the hope of finding something better. 

A well regarded post apocalyptic novel.

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1964

PUBLISHER: Harcourt, Brace & World

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in good condition, clean but chipped on spine and the fold edge on the front cover. 

Brian Aldiss - Helliconia Spring - 1st /HB  

Yuli is a child of a hunter-gatherer family living under the light of two suns on the northern plains of Campannlat on the frigid, ice-wrapped planet of Helliconia. When his father is enslaved by the vicious phagors, Yuli is left alone. He finds his way to the subterranean city of Pannoval, where he prospers as a member of the priesthood. Tiring of torturing heretics and punishing renegades, he elects to flee the oppressive city with some like-minded allies, eventually founding the settlement of Oldorando some distance away.Fifty years later, Yuli's descendants have conquered a larger town, renaming it Oldorando as well, and are prospering. Game is becoming more plentiful, the river is thawing and warmer winds are rising, even as the smaller sun, Freyr, grows larger in the sky. But with peace and plenty comes indolence and corruption, and the people of Oldorando find themselves bickering and feuding for power, even as a great crusade of phagors leaves their icy homes in the eastern mountains on a quest to slaughter as many humans as possible.

The great drama of life on Helliconia is observed from an orbiting Earth space station, the Avernus, the crew of which watch as Helliconia and its sun, Batalix, draw closer to the great white supergiant about which they revolve and the centuries-long winter comes to a violent end.  

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1982

PUBLISHER: Jonathan Cape

 BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in good condition. 

Brian Aldiss - Helliconia Winter - 1st /HB 

The world of Helliconia is moving away from the supergiant star Freyr. The Great Winter is about to descend on the planet with full, unmitigated fury. The tropical continent of Campannlat is ill-prepared to deal with the falling temperatures, and the defeat of their armies by the forces of the harsh northern landmass of Sibornal signals the beginning of the end of their period of dominance. Luterin Shokerandit, a soldier in the Sibornalese army, returns home in triumph, only to face treachery. The ruthless leader of Sibornal, the Oligarch, has decreed that the victorious army is returning home infested with plague, and cannot be allowed to reach succor.Meanwhile, life on the Earth Observation Station Avernus, in orbit around Helliconia for almost four millennia, is drawing to an end as the inhabitants revert to savage barbarism, even as the world beneath them falls from the glories of Summer into the abyss of Winter. But some in Sibornal have vowed that humanity and civilisation will ride out the Winter no matter the cost in blood... 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1985

PUBLISHER: Jonathan Cape

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition. 

Brian Aldiss - Item Eighty -Three 

A bibliography of Aldiss' s work through 1972 by his wife: a revision and updating of the earlier "Item Forty-Three." Chapbook in printed wrappers, stapled at the spine. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1972

PUBLISHER: SF Horizons

BINDING: Chapbook

CONDITION: The book is in good condition, clean text block. The cover has age marks and old sticker stain visible.

Brian Aldiss - Last Orders - 1st/HB

Brian Aldiss is a master of the unexpected and Last Orders shows him at his most imaginative, whether recording the last conversation to be held on Earth, introducing Stalin’s Daughter, talking familiarly of alien beings, discussing Arab tourism, massacring animals on an unknown planet or inventing machines which will bring to life Holman Hunt’s painting, The Awakening Conscience.
Several of the stories are set on the Zodiacal Planets (‘the zeepees’), special Aldiss territory which is at one moment as actual as a NASA probe and, at the next, as inaccessible as tomorrow night’s dream. 
At once sombre and witty, this splendid collection warns us what we might expect to find if a spacecraft landed in the human psyche.

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1977

PUBLISHER: Jonathan Cape

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is good.

Brian Aldiss - Ruins - 1st /HB 

For years Hugh Billing has been drifting. After making his fortune in the music industry, he has followed a series of idle and aimless pursuits, leading him down eventful but emotionally empty alleyways across the USA. His mother's death brings him back to London , to a host of memories and a sharp realisation of how little he has ever accomplished. 

Illustrated by Salim Patell

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1987

PUBLISHER: Hutchinson

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition. 

Brian Aldiss - Somewhere East of Life - 1st /HB 

Having abandoned Britain in the recession, architectural historian Roy operates from Germany, listing the world's gems threatened by war. But someone has stolen a chunk of his memory - ten years - with the salacious parts sold on as porn. He travels the globe hoping to find his lost years.  

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1994

PUBLISHER: flamingo

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition. 


Brian Aldiss - The Eighty-Minute Hour - 1st/HB 

"This is a space opera, which, in this case, is a combination of songs and science guaranteed to enlarge your imagination by at least one half with all sorts of intergalactic merriment, melodrama, and dealing off the bottom of the deck." - front dust jacket flap. "A complex and jokey surrealist extravaganza, featuring a future world in which communism and capitalism unite, while increasing computerisation has increased a general belief in determinism. Complete with arias and songs." 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1974

PUBLISHER: Doubleday Science Fiction

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is very good.

Brian Aldiss - The Hand-Reared Boy - 1st/HB 

Longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, The Hand-Reared Boy was the first literary novel to honestly, and explicitly, explore the sexual awakening of a young man. Quite shocking when first published in 1970, it is now considered a classic. 

It is the first book in the Horatio Stubbs Trilogy.

Brian says: “Young Horatio Stubbs suffers the pangs of adolescence, but is weaned from the pleasures of masturbation by the delights offered by his school’s nursing sister, who is not all she seems. The novel became a great scandal in England, where it was rejected by thirteen publishers, and caused a lawsuit – as a result of which it became a bestseller.”  

This copy signed and dated by Brian.

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1970

PUBLISHER: McCall Publishing Company

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is very good.

Brian Aldiss - The Shape of Further Things - 1st/HB 

In this provocative volume, Brian Aldiss seeks to recapture some of the strands of his life, using an elaborate tapestry to do do: on a basic diary form, he works alternately back into the past and forward into the  future; the realities of our world alternate with the unrealities of fantasy.
The result is an autobiography spanning one month – a month in the life of a speculative writer. Dominant topics include the Moon as real estate, the role of technology, the growth of science fiction in Britain, the possible part that education could play in enriching our lives, and the theories on the brain and the nature of dreams originated by Dr Christopher Evans. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1970

PUBLISHER: Faber

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is good.

Brian Aldiss - This World and Nearer Ones - 1st/HB

These articles and reviews come from a versatile writer, well-known as a novelist and, of course, as a distinguished author of science fiction. He writes here with characteristic humour on many subjects, linked by the theme of a complex unity of art and science which forms the inner mystery of science fiction, and reveals new aspects whilst 'exploring the familiar'. This is particularly marked in the first essay, 'Since the Enlightenment', written especially for this book, which traces strands of thought leading backwards and forwards in time. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1979

PUBLISHER: Weidenfeld and Nicolson

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is very good.

Brian Aldiss - White Mars - 1st /HB   

In the not-so-distant future, Man will have begun to colonize our planetary neighbor, Mars. Entrenched corporate and national interests have footed the bill, but a few visionary people attempt to keep Mars free of the hidebound ideologies that have plagued the Earth and turned it into a polluted wasteland of war and hunger . The colony has barely begun to take root in the Martian soil when all communication with EUPACUS--as the industrialized nations of Earth are known--is cut off completely. Environmental and economic stresses have finally spun out of control, and civilization as we know it has collapsed. With no hope of escape or support from Earth, the Martians must overcome the dire obstacles that face them and forge a new alliance for survival.

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1999

PUBLISHER: Little Brown

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in good condition. 


Brian Aldiss - Finches Mars    

‘My final Science Fiction novel’ - Brian Aldiss

Brian Aldiss has announced that this book will be his final science fiction novel. And what a way to end one of the most illustrious careers in the genres.

Set on the Red Planet, it follows the stories of a group of colonists and the problems they have in setting up a new society. Life can be sustained by new life will not prosper - the women on the planet only ever give birth to stillborn children

EDITION: First edition, first print. 2013

PUBLISHER: The Friday Project

BINDING: Hardcover with dust jacket

CONDITION: The book is in good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in good condition. 







   

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                          B- Format

Aldiss published a number of classic paperbacks in the 70’s including a series published by NEL with cover art by Bruce Pennington which are really memorable, additionally we have some of the same series originally published by Four Square in the late 60’s, a lot of the art done by Karel Thole but the odd one out is ‘The Interpreter’ with the art by none other than Josh Kirby! We continue to seek out more of Pennington’s Aldiss paperbacks...