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Earthworks [Brian W. Aldiss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In a future where the Earth has been savaged by overpopulation and. The future Earth of Brian Aldiss’s Earthworks is a moribund ecological disaster, ruined by poisons, greed, unsustainable development and. It’s a world whose natural resources are almost bankrupt; whose population expansion has reached the suffocating Point; whose technical development cannot.

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Birds are eradicated as a pest. In Aldiss, you get straight up, hand to hand murders. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s a brief novel, though, and if you’re in the mood for an afternoon of satire, you may enjoy it.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. What I do remember is the prescience of the author in his views of the future of shipping. It has been a day I finished the book still I found it hard to remember the conspiracy our anti-hero Knowles was in.

But yes, the entire African expedition part of the novel is haphazard and poorly thought out as are the relationships. Noland is prone to fits in which he experiences vivid hallucinations. The book seems to be more content to wistfully ponder existential delirium rather than telling a good story.

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EARTHWORKS by Brian Aldiss | Kirkus Reviews

The earth has a population of 24 billion. Feb 07, Jon rated it it was ok. Yet I knew that one day I would read it, and now I have. This book is rarely mentioned in the Aldiss oeuvre, but it has so much of what makes his writing distinctive, and is a nice bridge into the New Wave works to follow in just a few years. Ha… and the shortness of the novel does make me a little better disposed to it.


The action ambiguous because the perpetrator is so ignorant of the world in which he lives. This, of course, many would argue, is the true purpose of SF, to hold a mirror aldis ourselves and see, perhaps from a different perspective, at least part of the truth of the human condition.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Farmers have become the technocrats. The over population must be a great concern of the 60’s. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I found it very hard to read Aldiss when I was younger – good to find I’m now grown up enough to enjoy his work. Brian Wilson Aldiss was one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today.

Nov 19, Paul Vann rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It amazes me that anyone thought such a novel could be suitable for children. Other editions – View all Earthworks Brian W.

Another remarkable Aldiss novel, first published inthat demonstrates how accomplished a prose stylist he is, as well as proving that he was superb at extrapolating trends. It would probably seem dated nowadays, although as usu I read this book in and remember little of the plot now. Gets involved involuntarily in a cult-like conspiracy. This short novel from is brizn on a future Earth ravaged by over-population and industrial agriculture. You are commenting using your Facebook account.


Adored for his innovative lite Pseudonyms: The Farmer rules from his barrack-like cities the Landsmen who till his toxin stricken fields as punishment for minor infractions. A short book, but one that packs quiet a punch and leaves the reader chewing over its Apr 19, Fred rated it liked it. I reckon he was inspired by gulags and Nazi concentration camps which were still vivid memories in the decade book was written. I would have thought with a set up earthworkw that it was guaranteed to make me smile and dutifully shell out 4 stars.

Book Review: Earthworks, Brian W. Aldiss (1965)

The novel is set in a world of environmental catastrophe and extreme socio-economic inequality. He alone is prepared to fire a shot that will throw the world into hideous war, but may leave a brave new world for the survivors.

This site uses cookies. Justine, whom he subsequently meets, tells him that this phantom appears when he is close to death. I concur with your frustration re: They wouldn’t let us do that so out of respect for one of my favorite SF author’s Brian aldriss, rest in peace my brother. Retrieved from ” https: