Brian Aldiss with David Wingrove. TRILLION YEAR SPREE T H E O F. H I S T O R Y. S C I E N C E. F I C T I O N. Ever since Brian Aldiss’s first Science Fiction. Begins at the birth of science fiction, with Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” and studies the development of the genre to its present position in contemporary. Trillion Year Spree (The Brian Aldiss Collection) eBook: Brian Aldiss: uk: Kindle Store.

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Books by Brian W. Nov 22, Keith Davis rated it it was amazing Shelves: There were myriad novels and stories about a major European War destroying the continent.

Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction

A revised and updated version of “Billion Year Spree” – a history of science fiction through the early ‘s. Indeed, the whole second last chapter is basically about how Heinlein, Asimov, Herbert, Hubbard and van Vogt were yyear money for old rope in the most recent period, though there are kinder words for Arthur C.

I would deduct a star for the later chapters, but they are a relatively small part of Aldiss’ history. A monumental history of science fiction. Amusing, intelligent and authoritative, it takes us on a tour through that zone where literature and science engage in an eternal flirtation.

Obviously a little out of date now, but still a fascinating history of the genre. Brian calls Hugo One of the worst disasters ever to hit the science fiction field because by creating a magazine which published nothing but SF he created a ghetto.

Trillion Year Spree

And this stanza fr If you’re at all interested in SF, this is a must-read. So, I have now finished “The Trillion Year Spree” after a long, intermittent, slow, and very deep read, and yet I find that I can’t put it back on the trilion. It has unfortunately formed the hallmark of aldjss genre. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Which is not to say that I agreed with all of them, nor that I think any single human being is ever likely to. Oct 15, Anthony Faber rated it it was amazing. Slay Dunderhead rated alidss really liked it Aug 17, Amy rated it it was amazing Nov 18, Crammed with fascinating insights, this generous spree takes us through decades trillioj treats for the imagination: At one pole wait Wells and his honorable predecessors such as Swift; at the other, Burroughs and the commercial producers, such as Otis Adelbart Kline, and the weirdies, and horror merchants such as H.


I came to this book, off and on, over a period of five years and have just turned the last of its dense pages.

Essential for anyone curious about SF as a genre and a storytelling methodology. There is always a mouthpiece in his later work.

The triolion of the world depends on some poor slave girl and a man of low birth with mystic powers and an amulet. What is it that Aldiss is attempting?

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My 5-star rating covers the history up to xpree including the New Wave of the 60s. SF stories and authors sit somewhere between these two poles; Aldiss reckons Shelley’s Frankenstein is somewhere in the middle, for example. He researched nuclear fission using publically available science journals. The sense of wonder is in essence a religious state, blanketing out criticism.

Since there was so much written SF produced in this time, Aldiss struggles to pick out which are the most important bar the obvious ones such as Dick and LeGuin, etc. Lists with This Book. Britain’s most illustrious SF writer, Brian Aldiss, provides a witty and perceptive history of this extraordinary phenomenon, set in its social and literary context.

Trillion Year Spree by Brian Aldiss and David Wingrove

No trivia or quizzes yet. Other editions – View all Trillion Year Spree: What it attempts to do, it does handily and usefully: And through the drifts the snowy clifts Did send a dismal sheen: Perhaps if Aldiss had confronted his bias head-on in no section does he remind the reader that he is, himself, the Aldiss that he mentions in passing in several chaptersit might have been more palatable, or maybe I’m just used to Gardner Dozois ‘ method of commentary that appears in the introduction to his Year’s Best volumes where, once he comes to the magazine which he himself edited, he simply lists the authors there “without comment.


The stories of early American SF magazines were extremely propagandistic: Howard created a brawny bone-headed hero called Briah, whose barbarian antics are set in the imaginary Hyborian Age, back in pre-history when almost all women and almost no clauses were subordinate. To cut the longish review in my trillkon to a short one in word-processor social media space, I will mention that the book is a whopping pages. It’s plain from this exhaustive survey that he doesn’t worship this genre as a monolithic-ally pure idol, but that he deeply wishes to see the aldisz of all SF aspire to great heights, and should the genre prove itself worthy, to then ultimately achieve them.

The tenacity of poor SF is renowned. British SF, on the other yer, has generally been more pessimistic about the future. It presently sits beside to my bed on my “currently reading” shelf as an absolute treasure trove of thousands of worthwhile stories that could potentially occupy me for the rest of my stay in this particular physical and temporal dimension.