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Brian W. Aldiss
Henighan, Tom.
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New York : Twayne Publishers, [1999]

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xviii, 156 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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"One of Britain's most renowned writers of science fiction, the prolific Brian W. Aldiss (b. 1925) is the rare author in this genre to he strongly touted for England's prestigious Booker Prize (he was never nominated but he has served as a judge). Aldiss's work - both his mainstream Life in the West (1980), the first volume of the Squire Quartet, and his intellectually challenging Barefoot in the Head (1969) - has attracted strong advocacy." "In this long-overdue comprehensive assessment, Tom Henighan argues that Brian Aldiss's best novels are original in subtle and quietly effective ways. He sees Aldiss not only as a mainstay of the science fiction industry, but also as a significant writer of mainstream fiction, an interesting experimenter with a flair for postmodern narrative, as an outstanding literary historian, and as one of the most intelligent and incisive essayists ever to write about the science fiction and fantasy genres."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes

Tom Henighan is associate professor of English at Carleton University, Ottawa

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Twayne has been publishing undergraduate-oriented material in this series since 1964, each volume following a specific format: a chronology and index bracket several chapters dealing with the literary corpus and a bibliography containing both primary and secondary material. Henighan (Carleton Univ., Canada) provides the most substantial critical treatment of the distinguished and prolific British science fiction writer and critic since Apertures: A Study of the Writings of Brian Aldiss, by Brian Griffin and David Wingrove (CH, Oct'84). Recommended to all libraries that maintain science fiction collections, Henighan's volume joins another essential work--Aldiss's autobiography The Twinkling of an Eye, or, My Life as an Englishman (1998). The present volume will be of use to the entire spectrum of library users. A. R. Nourie; Illinois State University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Chronologyp. xiii
Chapter 1 Brian Aldiss: A Writing Lifep. 1
Chapter 2 The Mainstream Science Fiction Novelsp. 11
Chapter 3 The Helliconia Series: Civilization, Morale, and Structures of Beliefp. 33
Chapter 4 Literary Games: Aldiss's Experimental and Intertextual Fictionp. 63
Chapter 5 The Mainstream Fictionp. 90
Chapter 6 The Short Fiction and the Literary Criticismp. 109
Conclusionp. 123
Notes and Referencesp. 127
Selected Bibliographyp. 140
Indexp. 151