Brian Aldiss

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Brian Aldiss
Aldiss at Interaction in Glasgow, 2005
Aldiss at Interaction in Glasgow, 2005
Born(1925-08-18)18 August 1925
East Dereham, Norfolk, England
Died19 August 2017(2017-08-19) (aged 92)
Oxford, England
Pen nameJael Cracken, Dr. Peristyle, C. C. Shackleton
OccupationWriter, editor, artist
Period1954–2017 (as writer)
GenreScience fiction
Notable worksHelliconia trilogy, "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long"

Brian Wilson Aldiss, OBE (/ˈɔːldɪs/; 18 August 1925 – 19 August 2017) was an English writer and anthologies editor. He was best known for science fiction novels and short stories. His byline reads either Brian W. Aldiss or simply Brian Aldiss, except for occasional pseudonyms during the mid-1960s.

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Greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells, Aldiss was a vice-president of the international H. G. Wells Society. He was (with Harry Harrison) co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group.

Aldiss was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000, and inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004. He received two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and one John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He wrote the short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" (1969), the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Aldiss was associated with the British New Wave of science fiction.[1]

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Aldiss died at his Oxford home one day after his 92nd birthday on 19 August 2017.[2][3]

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  1. Scholes, Robert; Rabkin, Eric S. (1977). "Bibliography I: History and Criticism of Science Fiction". Science Fiction: History, Science, Vision. London: Oxford University Press.
  2. Aldiss, Brian (21 August 2017). "It is with great sadness we announce the death of our beloved father & grandfather. Brian died peacefully at home on his 92nd birthday ^TA". Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  3. Flood, Alison (21 August 2017). "Science fiction author Brian Aldiss dies aged 92" – via

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