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The Shape of Further Things

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  4 reviews
'Earth is charged with a beauty we are destroying...' So begins this unique book, in which joy and doom intermingle. It spans one month in the life of Aldiss and his wife Margaret and family, living in the peaceful Oxfordshire countryside. Here's a tapestry of provocative meditations, theories of dreams, of the Moon as real estate, and the role of technology and pollution ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by House of Stratus (first published 1970)
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Glen Engel-Cox
This is non-fiction from Aldiss, not really on any particular subject, or arranged with any goal in mind, but a conversation between himself and the reader, importuned by a January 1969 night’s conversation between himself and Christopher Evans. If I may not be too bold, it’s much the same as what I imagine my published reading diary, First Impressions, to be, although Aldiss has me soundly beat in terms of far-ranging intellectual discourse. We all have to start somewhere, though.

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Terence Park
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian's explorations of the marvellous often came secondary to his analysis of what the genre meant. At that time there was a glaring hole in this genre - the literary establishment either looked down their noses at it or just ignored it. As a result it was left to writers, magazine editors and the few authors with book deals to set literary standards. As a result new readers of this fast burgeoning field had limited resources to rely on in order to know what was good. The development of the ...more
Anthony Faber
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an unusual book. It's a diary of his life for January of 1969, with a fair amount of the things he was thinking of, with a brief history of SF from the time he started reading it thrown in here and there.
Jonathan Oliver
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extraordinary blend of memoir, critical analysis of SF, utopian thinking and essays on the nature of dream and the brain, all of which come together brilliantly. Aldiss writes clearly and with conviction and though this book was written in the early 60s it's aged very well. Well worth reading.
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Pseudonyms: Jael Cracken, Peter Pica, John Runciman, C.C. Shackleton, Arch Mendicant, & "Doc" Peristyle.

Brian Wilson Aldiss was 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
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