The Science Fiction Hall of Fame living inductee.
The IAFA Award for distinguished scholarship.
World Fantasy Special Award.
The Prix Utopia Award for lifetime achievement.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Author of the most widely-respected, critically acclaimed history of SF.
Not a bad CV, by anyone’s standards, but those are only selected highlights from the glittering career of the great Brian W. Aldiss, who celebrates his ninety-first birthday today!
Brian Aldiss’s extraordinary body of work, stretching back some sixty years, encompasses a wide range of writing, from the fantastic to the literary, via non-fiction and poetry. He was an important figure in SF’s New Wave and stands alongside fellow Britons Michael Moorcock and J G Ballard as writers accepted and praised equally by the genre and literary worlds.
We are lucky enough to publish three of his books in the SF Masterworks series: Non-Stop, Greybeard and the epic Helliconia trilogy. We recommend them all.
And in case the SF Masterworks edition of Helliconia is too daunting all at once (it is a mighty 1,300 pages!), we’ve made the individual volumes Gateway Essentials, so you can sample them one-by-one, if you wish:
Happy Birthday, Brian!