Heliconia Primavera (Helliconia #1)
A planet orbiting binary suns, Helliconia has a Great Year spanning three millennia of Earth time: cultures are born in spring, flourish in summer, then die with the onset of the generations-long winter.
Helliconia is emerging from its centuries-long winter. The tribes of the equatorial continent emerge from their hiding places and are again able to dispute possession o...more
Human civillization rises and falls in the space of a Helliconian year when ...more
It goes without saying that the main feature of Aldiss' novel is his incredible world-building. In the Helliconia ...more
This is my first reading of Aldiss and I can't help thinking that if I had read other works of his I may appreciate this more. In Helliconia Spring Aldiss attempts a lot. The planet of Helliconia is in a binary system where it orbits one sun Batalix every four hundred da ...more
Znakomitym zabiegiem jest wprowadzenie ...more
The Helliconia trilogy has an immense theme. In the eighties, one of Aldiss' interests was the rise and fall of civilization; his previous novel to Helliconia Spring, Life In The West, is about the decline of our own. As his introductory note here says, Aldiss was not completely happy with the way that it turned out, and so he produced the Helliconia trilogy, taking the theme and exploring it within a science fictional context, in the genre in whi ...more
Le printemps d'Helliconia raconte donc le dégel d'un monde dont les années durent des dizaines de nos siècles, ce qui laisse le temps aux plantes de s'adapter à chacune de ces saisons, et aux êtres viva ...more
Finished the series some years later after working to overcome Lyme disease. Among other things, Lyme blasts your central nervous system and makes impossible to concentrate. During those years I slowly worked my way through these books.... which, it turned out, i ...more
For those who like a reasonable dose of philosophy & religion with your SciFi this may appeal ... a good part of the book is about the main character Yuli's increasing involvement in a society driven by a bureaucratic-religious caste, and subsequent escape from it at the end.
Develops the themes of the Phagor and other humanoid races on the planet Helliconia, and towards later st ...more
The storytelling will spend years with a particular character, dwelling on one characters boring and brutal little life then unceremoniously flit past their demise and jump generations into ...more
But sometimes I felt I was just missing something important – there seemed to be obvious foresha ...more
There are a few things which could have been done differently. The story begins with "The Great Yuli" but apart from being a revered ancestor his influence is quite minimal over the rest of ...more
It's not the first time I've read this book, I knew it would be a bit long to start, but I still was somewhat disappointed, mostly by the absence of point of view, which is something I'm less forgiving now than when I was young. It cost it two stars.
In this first book of the series, the story is not character-driven, it's nature-driven: the coming of spring and the many changes it brings are the core of the story, the characters being onl ...more
The fact that on Helliconia there are 2 separate intelligent species vying for supremacy AND that there is a third party in the satellite Avernus makes for enough fodder to create multiple, multiple smaller stories ...more
If you're a fa ...more
I'm not going to rate it because that wouldn't be fair to Mr. Aldiss.
Brian Wilson Aldiss is one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition. Adored for his innovative liter ...more