The consequence of this lack of true ideological opponents is that Gary Westfahl has had to find his opposition where he can, and the primary targets for his ire are Brian Aldiss
and John Clute (and, in the first essay, Brian Stableford).
BIRTHDAYS: Brian Aldiss
, science fiction writer, 90; Roman Polanski, film director, 82; Robert Redford, actor, 79; Madeleine Stowe, actress, 57; Denis Leary, actor, 58, Edward Norton, actor, 46; Christian Slater, actor, 46; Mika, singer/songwriter, 32.
Spielberg took the concept further with his film adaptation of a Brian Aldiss
story in AI (Artificial Intelligence).
Born today Brian Aldiss
, science fiction writer, 89; Roman Polanski, film director, 81; Robert Redford, actor, 78; Madeleine Stowe, actress, 56; Denis Leary, actor, 57, Edward Norton, actor, 45; Christian Slater, actor, 45; Mika, singer/songwriter, 31.
THERE are two types of writers: those who make you think and those who make you dream," says Brian Aldiss
, who made me dream for a long time with his science- fiction books.
Across the same duvet would often be spread sci-fi classic novels by Isaac Asimov and Brian Aldiss
, whose short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long formed the basis for the Hollywood movie A.
Smith than to, say, Brian Aldiss
, Alfred Bester, Anne McCaffrey, or Zenna Henderson, all of whom were instrumental in shaping modern sf.
, one of the most respected stars of the genre, dismissed Wyndham's major works as nothing more than "cosy catastrophes".
4) Stephen Arata uses the term 'reverse colonization' to describe this sort of story in which the centre of empire is besieged by fantastic creatures from its margins; as Brian Aldiss
puts it, 'Wells is saying, in effect, to his fellow English, "Look, this is how it feels to be a primitive tribe, and to have a Western nation arriving to civilize you with Maxim guns
The appendix includes an article from a science fiction fan magazine that transcribes a conversation between Lewis, Kingsley Amis and Brian Aldiss
Arthur C Clarke, Steve Jones, Brian Aldiss
and Doris Lessing offer their views.