Helliconia Spring

The Helliconia Trilogy

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The Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author and Science Fiction Grand Master delivers a sweeping epic of a planet suffering deadly conditions of alternating extremes in this Nebula Award finalist

Helliconia follows an eccentric orbit around a double-star system with a twenty-six-hundred-year cycle of very long seasons. As spring slowly breaks the brutally long winter, humans emerge from hiding and a long sequence of civilization and growth begins to repeat again, unbeknownst to the participants but watched by an orbiting satellite station, Avernus, created by Earth some centuries ago. Humans free themselves from slavery to the aboriginal Phagors, and religion and science flower and expand.

Brian W. Aldiss has, for more than fifty years, continued to challenge readers’ minds with literate, thought-provoking, and inventive fiction. Helliconia Spring’s prescience with regard to climate change is nothing short of extraordinary.
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About the author

Brian W. Aldiss was born in Norfolk, England, in 1925. Over a long and distinguished writing career, he published award‐winning science fiction (two Hugo Awards, a Nebula Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award); bestselling popular fiction, including the three‐volume Horatio Stubbs saga and the four‐volume the Squire Quartet; experimental fiction such as Report on Probability A and Barefoot in the Head; and many other iconic and pioneering works, including the Helliconia Trilogy. He edited many successful anthologies and published groundbreaking nonfiction, including a magisterial history of science fiction (Billion Year Spree, later revised and expanded as Trillion Year Spree). Among his many short stories, perhaps the most famous was “Super‐Toys Last All Summer Long,” which was adapted for film by Stanley Kubrick and produced and directed after Kubrick’s death by Steven Spielberg as A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Brian W. Aldiss passed away in 2017 at the age of 92. 
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Apr 1, 2014
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Pages
532
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ISBN
9781497608290
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Dystopian
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
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Four loosely linked realistic novels from “one of Britain’s most accomplished and versatile writers” (The Guardian).
 
A Hugo and Nebula Award–winning science fiction writer, British novelist Brian W. Aldiss also regularly “returned to earth with distinction,” penning realistic works, including the Squire Quartet (The New York Times). Comprised of “loosely interconnected novels following many characters through a twenty-first century landscape of insidious new technology and international political turmoil” (Booklist), here is the complete series from this “ambitious and gifted writer” (The Guardian).
 
Life in the West: Thomas C. Squire, creator of the hit documentary series Frankenstein Among the Arts, one-time secret agent, and founder of the Society for Popular Aesthetics, is attending an international media symposium in Sicily. It is here that he becomes involved with the lovely but calculating Selina Ajdina. Alongside the drama of the conference is the story of Squire’s private life—the tale of his infidelity, the horrifying circumstances surrounding his father’s death, and the threatened future of his ancestral home in England.
 
“[A] novel of ideas that is also eminently readable . . . a virtuoso performance.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Forgotten Life: 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 vastly his perception of his sibling differs from reality. As Clement tries to make sense of Joseph’s life, he uncovers dark corners of his family history and even his own existence.
 
“A realistic novel . . . imaginative richness . . . [a] many-layered venture into the extraordinariness of ordinary lives.” —The New York Times
 
Remembrance Day: When four people are killed by a terrorist bombing in a small British seaside hotel, an American academic examines the details of the victims’ lives and histories to find the relationship between them and their fate.
 
“Aldiss discovers fresh and arresting nuances in the dichotomy between blind chance and predestination in human affairs . . . original, disturbing, and memorable.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
Somewhere East of Life: Architectural historian Roy Burnell has been tasked with traveling the globe and listing architectural gems in danger of being destroyed. But when Burnell is in Budapest, ten years of his memory, including his sexual experiences, are stolen. In this near future, where thieves sell memories on the black market, Burnell tries to resume his life, while also searching for the “bullet” that will restore his memory.
 
“Intelligent, funny, and hopeful in spite of itself.” —Kirkus Reviews
Angst und Entsetzen sind allgegenwärtig. Überall und zu jeder Stunde greifen sie in mannigfaltiger Gestalt und mit eiskalten Klauen nach ihren Opfern...

...wie in der Geschichte von einem ganz speziellen Totentanz...

...oder in der Geschichte von dem Schloss, welches am Rand der Welt und somit an der Grenze zum entfesselten Chaos liegt...

...oder in der Geschichte von der Frau mit Namen Mittwoch...

...oder in der Geschichte von der harmlosen Telefonzelle, die sich in eine Schreckenskammer verwandelt, aus der es kein Entrinnen gibt...

...oder in der Geschichte von der ermordeten Hexe, deren Geist grausame Rache an ihrem Mörder nimmt...

...oder in der Geschichte von einem Vampir, der sich in einer post-apokalyptischen Welt ernste Probleme mit einem Ghul, einem Werwolf und einem anderen Vampir einhandelt...

...oder in der Geschichte von einer ganz besonders perfiden fleischfressenden Pflanze...

...oder in der Geschichte von dem Mann, der das Grab seiner verstorbenen Frau zu lesen lernen will...

...oder in der Geschichte von der jungen Frau und ihrem Zwiegespräch mit einer Epidemie, die bereits die gesamte Menschheit ausgelöscht hat.

DREIZEHN SCHATTEN, der fünfte Band der Horror-Reihe 13 SHADOWS aus dem Apex-Verlag, die ganz in der Tradition legendärer Heftroman-Reihen wie GESPENSTERKRIMI und VAMPIR-HORROR-ROMAN steht, versammelt neun ausgewählte Horror-Erzählungen von Mervyn Peake, Michael Moorcock, William Tenn, Robert Presslie, Brian W. Aldiss, E.C. Tubb, Eric Williams, Theodore Sturgeon und Christian Dörge.

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