Hothouse predicted global warming Armageddon back in the s. But don’t turn to this volume for its science, which is dodgy at best. Instead. Buy Hothouse (Penguin Modern Classics) Reprint by Brian Aldiss, Neil Gaiman ( ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and. Hothouse [Brian Wilson Aldiss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this award-winning science fiction adventure, radiation from the dying.

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After man and all life on Earth faced a post-apocalyptic radiation scenario, the sun-side of our planet re-invented itself into a lush, tropical cryptobotanical I think I made that word up forest-world where all plant-life and vegetation evolved into sentienceof lesser and greater degrees.

Nothing about the world described makes any logical sense. One of my first memories of childhood was a trip to the planetarium at Jodrell Bank and the ending sequence of the ‘presentation’ was where they showed the theorised last stages of our Sun’s life as aleiss star with it’s eventual supernova and decline into a red dwarf before inevitably dying out.

Could an enormous spider really stretch a web between the Earth and the Moon? Needless to say, Lily-Yo’s tribe has a high mortality rate. Tiny matriarchal communities survive in the branches of the banyan tree, avoiding the ground level where vegetative predators are too dangerous. Books by Brian W.

Nice, that was quick. View all 26 comments. This book hotyouse us a fascinating look at devolution in action, beside the little green people who are our direct descendants, there are subspecies of man who are presumably descended from crossbreeding of unknown origin.

The end of time, while tragic and romantic, is also suggested as a kind of rebirth. There is even an indication that that is how people became smart in the first place- and it was a cheeky and fun if not a credible idea.


Yet for all that, or perhaps because of it, he seems more human than his companions–who are generally either passive or completely hothousf.

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His next book, a history of love songs, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. And the sad thing is maybe the author did bother to describe all of them but there were so many and with such odd names that after a while I had not a clue what I was reading about and I kept wondering when stuff would start to get exciting.

It is not sadistic, but is perfectly willing to use pain as a means of getting its way, and Gren suffers most from its forceful attempts to push events in a specific direction. The company has produced a volume with fonts, page layouts, and binding that make for easy reading.

Here a small human community struggles for existence in a hothouse environment alongside countless types of hostile vegetables —plant life that hothouwe turned predatory in the struggle to survive.

I finally began somewhat caring about what happened to the characters and wanting to know what came next. The fungus, gothouse, stands in for one part of contemporary human nature: Xldiss, the humanity…or is it vegetality?

No technology, no knowledge aldis their past, ignoramuses, trying to survive against man eating plants. Aldiss had the benefit of seeing sf from the inside being an author,and had witnessed much of the modern development and history of it happening before his very eyes.

They meet others and are impressed into an expedition back to Earth to kidnap human children to increase the Flymen population. The worldbuilding is stupendous; the images are so vivid and well drawn, that one cannot but be amazed by it.

I really must get into Aldiss — thanks Chris, great review. Earth has become fixed in its orbit in such a way that one side is permanently facing the sun while the other is shrouded in constant darkness.


But I may well be misleading myself on the basis of Aldiss beginning and ending The Helliconia Trilogy with quotations from Lucretius, which no doubt predisposed me to assume an equally philosophical turn to Aldiss’ mind.

Ballard, whose The Drowned World shares some zldiss themes with Hothouse. Most of them disappear in short successionLily-yo and the adults ascend to the moon and are left on a cliffhanger, Toy and most of the group wander off into the green, so don’t get hofhouse to them.

But the biological horror of a relentless, vegetal Earth is something memorable. One theory really made sense to me and made a,diss think Brian was yothouse a mad scientist-turned-author or had an LSD trip one evening that sent his hothluse off to the moon like a rocket, and somehow either remembered it, or, wrote part of it down, incorporating it into this sci-fi fantasy story.

Human beings are small and me I remember enjoying reading this novel way back in high school. However, I would have been much more interested to know why exactly men had become so rare. This is the most fascinating post-apocalyptic future Earth I have ever seen depicted in science fiction.

Hothouse – Brian Aldiss

After finishing it the only thought I had was I have been hankering for some SF nonfiction lately. Here are the 5 reasons why I initially struggled greatly with it: I felt there is more than instincts to them, more complexity. He’ll need help, but where can he get it? A distant future where humans are hunted by evolved plants and giant insects in a world that resembles a giant rainforest.