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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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Cytaty Brian Aldiss

„Dar tworzenia rodzi się z poczucia straty.“

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

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„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.

„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.

„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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„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.

„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.

„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.

„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.

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„That's the difference between the two genres — and it's an almighty difference! And the truth is science fiction, because we all live in a world that's changed forever. It's never going to go back to what it was in the '60s or the '70s or the '30s, or whatever. It's changed.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: Why do so many people dislike science fiction? The answer goes like this: You have to think of science fiction in contrast to its nearest competitor, heroic fantasy. In heroic fantasy, by and large, things are pretty stable, and then some terrible evil comes along that's going to take over the world. People have to fight it. In the end they win, of course, so the earth is restored to what it was. The status quo comes back. Science fiction's quite different. With science fiction, the world's in some sort of a state, and something awful happens. It may not be evil, it may be good or neutral, just an accident. Whatever they do in the novel, at the end the world is changed forever. That's the difference between the two genres — and it's an almighty difference! And the truth is science fiction, because we all live in a world that's changed forever. It's never going to go back to what it was in the '60s or the '70s or the '30s, or whatever. It's changed.

„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.

„It was extraordinary to be in two places at once, doing two different things — extraordinary, but not confusing.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: It was extraordinary to be in two places at once, doing two different things — extraordinary, but not confusing. He merely had two bodies which were as integrated as his two hands had been.

„They had the inexpressible benefit of their progenitor's one hundred and seventy-odd years' experience, and not only of his, but of all the other Franks. It was small wonder that, with few exceptions, whatever they did they prospered.“

— Brian W. Aldiss
Context: These people, scattered all over the country, a few of them on the continent, were much like normal people. To outsiders, their relationship was not apparent; they certainly never revealed it; they never met. They became traders, captains of ships that traded with the Indies, soldiers, parliamentarians, agriculturists; some plunged into, some avoided, the constitutional struggles that dogged most of the seventeenth century. But they were all — male or female — Franks. They had the inexpressible benefit of their progenitor's one hundred and seventy-odd years' experience, and not only of his, but of all the other Franks. It was small wonder that, with few exceptions, whatever they did they prospered.

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