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Brian Aldiss

Data urodzenia: 18. Sierpień 1925
Data zgonu: 19. Sierpień 2017

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Brian Wilson Aldiss OBE – angielski pisarz science-fiction, krytyk i wydawca fantastyki. Pięciokrotny laureat British SF Award, dwukrotny laureat nagrody Hugo oraz Nebuli i Nagrody im. Campbella. Uhonorowany nagrodą Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award za dorobek życia.

Urodził się w East Dereham, w Norfolk, w Wielkiej Brytanii. W latach 1943–1947 służył w armii brytyjskiej na Dalekim Wschodzie. Po powrocie do kraju pracował jako księgarz w Oksfordzie, gdzie powstała jego pierwsza książka w 1955 roku. W tym samym roku, gazeta "The Observer" ogłosiła konkurs na opowiadanie, którego akcja miała rozgrywać się w roku 2500. Aldiss wygrał ten konkurs opowiadaniem Not For An Age. Dzięki temu opublikował swoją pierwszą powieść fantastyczną, Space, Time and Nathaniel.

11 czerwca 2005 roku został odznaczony tytułem Oficer Orderu Imperium Brytyjskiego za swoje zasługi dla literatury.

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„Dar tworzenia rodzi się z poczucia straty.“

— Brian Aldiss
Źródło: list Briana Aldissa do wydawnictwa „Solaris”

„Plato would have no actors in his republic, in case pretence devoured what was real. Plato's fears have proved well-grounded.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: Plato would have no actors in his republic, in case pretence devoured what was real. Plato's fears have proved well-grounded. Actors, despised, almost outcast, until last century, have become something more than respectable. They, together with all those imitation actors, pop stars, TV celebrities, people who are famous for being famous, now receive adulation. They are the millionaires, the courtesans of our system. Solzhenitsyn, escaping to a West he had once admired, snarled at the meretricious falsity of what he found. We have built illusions round us and see no way out of the glass forest.

„The house was a rambling affair. It had few windows, and such as there were did not open, were unbreakable and admitted no light.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: The house was a rambling affair. It had few windows, and such as there were did not open, were unbreakable and admitted no light. Darkness lay everywhere; illumination from an invisible source followed one's entry into a room — the black had to be entered before it faded. Every room was furnished, but with odd pieces that bore little relation to each other, as if there was no purpose for the room. Rooms equipped for purposeless beings have that air about them.

„Writers are vulnerable creatures like anyone else. For what do they have in reality? Not sandbags, not timbers. Just a flimsy reputation and a name.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: Writers must fortify themselves with pride and egotism as best they can. The process is analogous to using sandbags and loose timbers to protect a house against flood. Writers are vulnerable creatures like anyone else. For what do they have in reality? Not sandbags, not timbers. Just a flimsy reputation and a name. "Apéritif" in Bury My Heart at W.H. Smith's (1990)

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„Frank's chromosome conquered everywhere. Peace was guaranteed.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: Frank's chromosome conquered everywhere. Peace was guaranteed. By the end of another century's ruthless intermarriage, Russia and Asia were engulfed as thoroughly as Europe, and by the same loving methods. Billions of people: one consciousness.

„The ambition of the original Frank had not died; it had grown subtler. It had become a wish to sample everything.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: The ambition of the original Frank had not died; it had grown subtler. It had become a wish to sample everything. The more bodily habitations there were with which to sample, the more tantalizing the idea seemed: for many experiences, belonging only to one brief era, are never repeated, and may be gone before they are perceived and tasted.

„AI, as they call it, is not going to be achieved by present-day machines."Artificial Intelligence" — that makes it sound simple, but what you're really talking about is artificial consciousness, AC.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: My wife Margaret and I sold our house to Sir Roger Penrose and his wife... Talking to Roger, I found we both agreed that AI, as they call it, is not going to be achieved by present-day machines."Artificial Intelligence" — that makes it sound simple, but what you're really talking about is artificial consciousness, AC. And I don't think there's any way we can achieve artificial consciousness, at least until we've understood the sources of our own consciousness. I believe consciousness is a mind/body creation, literally interwoven with the body and the body's support systems. Well, you don't get that sort of thing with a robot.

„There is only the pattern; the pattern is all the universe, creator and created.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: When the first flint, the first shell, was shaped into a weapon, that action shaped man. As he molded and complicated his tools, so they molded and complicated him. He became the first scientific animal. And at last, via information theory and great computers, he gained knowledge of all his parts. He formed the Laws of Integration, which reveal all beings as part of a pattern and show them their part in the pattern. There is only the pattern; the pattern is all the universe, creator and created. “Old Hundredth” p. 162 (originally published in New Worlds Science Fiction #100, November 1960)

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„In Mrs. Swinton's garden, it was always summer.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: In Mrs. Swinton's garden, it was always summer. The lovely almond trees stood about it in perpetual leaf. Monica Swinton plucked a saffron-colored rose and showed it to David.

„When the first flint, the first shell, was shaped into a weapon, that action shaped man. As he molded and complicated his tools, so they molded and complicated him.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: When the first flint, the first shell, was shaped into a weapon, that action shaped man. As he molded and complicated his tools, so they molded and complicated him. He became the first scientific animal. And at last, via information theory and great computers, he gained knowledge of all his parts. He formed the Laws of Integration, which reveal all beings as part of a pattern and show them their part in the pattern. There is only the pattern; the pattern is all the universe, creator and created. “Old Hundredth” p. 162 (originally published in New Worlds Science Fiction #100, November 1960)

„Science fiction has always seemed to me such a polyglot, an exotic mistress, a parasite, a kind of new language coined for the purpose of giving tongue to the demented twentieth century.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: Here is what I wrote about SF. If it has a familiar ring, my publishers liked it well enough to make it into a postcard for publicity purposes. 'I love SF for its surrealist verve, its loony non-reality, its piercing truths, its wit, its masked melancholy, its nose for damnation, its bunkum, its contempt for home comforts, its slewed astronomy, its xenophilia, its hip, its classlessness, its mysterious machines, its gaudy backdrops, its tragic insecurity.' Science fiction has always seemed to me such a polyglot, an exotic mistress, a parasite, a kind of new language coined for the purpose of giving tongue to the demented twentieth century.

„We have built illusions round us and see no way out of the glass forest.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: Plato would have no actors in his republic, in case pretence devoured what was real. Plato's fears have proved well-grounded. Actors, despised, almost outcast, until last century, have become something more than respectable. They, together with all those imitation actors, pop stars, TV celebrities, people who are famous for being famous, now receive adulation. They are the millionaires, the courtesans of our system. Solzhenitsyn, escaping to a West he had once admired, snarled at the meretricious falsity of what he found. We have built illusions round us and see no way out of the glass forest.

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