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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Real insight into the relativity of human nature, the final page makes the book worth the while.

Hothouse – Brian Aldiss

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. Ironically, most literary sf is actually pretty hackneyed in hotbouse terms.

It would be interesting to begin this review akdiss the number of what-ifs Brian Aldiss based his novel Hothouse on, hyper-greenhouse effects, locked planetary rotations, sentient flora, etc.

One of the things I like about the Penguin Modern Classics range is how they alsiss to expand the notion of what constitutes a mainstream classic. However, his human characters and dialogue are dreadful! I think some of this is due to the book being a patchwork of several of Aldiss’ stories set on the Hothouse earth. Science fiction is I gues I found this really hard to rate.


Signet D — — artist uncredited. These 5 hlthouse stories were collectively awarded the Hugo Award for short fiction. Apr 30, Althea Ann rated it did not like it. Design as Art Bruno Munari. There isn’t much to these semi-savage humans but trying to survive, so it’s natural that, with such a decreased intelligence, abilities would wither, and myth and tabu would rule their lives. Hothouse is a tour-de-force of world-building, a detailed and perilous journey through a bizarre and unsettling future.

Hothouse – Brian Aldiss | Battered, Tattered, Yellowed, & Creased

In hotnouse end, getting through Hothouse was a labour. The scenery of the deep green, of Gaia on LSD, is beautiful. And little things here and there that just needed to be tweaked. I am not sure about the profundity that some other reviewers mentioned in their reviews of this book if there is a subtext it is not obvious to me, but for sheer escapism, you can not beat this one.

The story is allowed to move along with a minimum of scientific explication. It was published in There is some great world building going on here. Its ultimate objective was vague, vain-glorious, and splendid. This novel is a gem.

The Outsider Albert Camus. Nice, that was quick.

You are commenting using hothouxe Twitter account. Brian Aldiss’ second SF novel, less intricate in terms of plot than many of his other books, but packed full of highly original ideas and very strange situations. This is the traverser that was carrying Lily-yo and companions. The list is here if you want to have a look: A bit before half the book, the story started picking up, after the fungus came into action.


However, Hothoouse would have liked it even more if I could actually form in my head a clear shape of those things.

Aldiss obviously relaxed and wanting to have a little fun, Hothouse adiss a simplistic yet strangely beautiful tale of a group of humans living in the super-flora that has covered the side of the Earth facing the sun. Lily-yo, is the leader of a small band of humans.

Hallucinatory 60s novel, possibly written on drugs, which depicts a far-future Earth in which humans have evolved into tiny creatures who live in a giant forest that covers the globe. On one hand, the need for constant wariness against so many predators and parasites keeps these hothokse humans so tuned into the present, there is little room for dwelling on higher or long term purposes to life.

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