Helliconia spring

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Atheneum, 1982 - Fiction - 361 pages
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A planet orbiting binary suns, Helliconia has a Great Year spanning three millennia of Earth time: cultures are born in spring, flourish in summer, then die with the onset of the generations-long winter. Helliconia is emerging from its centuries-long winter. The tribes of the equatorial continent emerge from their hiding places and are again able to dispute possession of the planet with the ferocious phagors. In Oldorando, love, trade and coinage are being redisovered, This is the first volume of the Helliconia Trilogy -- a monumental saga that goes beyond anything yet created by this master among today's imaginative writers.

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Review: Helliconia Spring (Helliconia #1)

User Review  - Peter Walton-Jones - Goodreads

I loved the Helleconia series. Set on a distant planet this story is a grand epic where the titular seasons are actually epochs. There is an element of ethnography in the story telling. The ... Read full review

Review: Helliconia Spring (Helliconia #1)

User Review  - Janna Rice - Goodreads

Very interesting book. I have nothing to say against it; I didn't LOVE it simply because it's very world-driven as opposed to character-driven. I always felt a little bit too removed from the events ... Read full review

Contents

Embruddock
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Death of a Grandfather
94
The Past That Was Like a Dream
105
Copyright

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About the author (1982)

Brian W. Aldiss is among the most versatile of contemporary science-fiction authors. He is also knowledgeable about the genre, having published in 1973 the highly regarded study Billion Year Spree: The True History of Science Fiction (later updated and published as Trillion Year Spree). Born in East Dereham, Norfolk, Aldiss attended Framlingham College at Suffolk and West Buckland School. He worked as a bookseller at Oxford University and, later, as editor for the Oxford Mail and for Penguin Books. Through the years, Aldiss has been actively involved in various literary and science-fiction organizations, and has received numerous prestigious awards for his work, including the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Aldiss argues that writing is a compulsive act and that he doesn't really think about the reader until the process is completed. He claims that his work focuses on cultural and linguistic diversity, and he suggests that the "necessity of communication" is an integral part of his Helliconia novels. Aldiss published his first science fiction novel Non-Stop in 1958 (Its American title is Starship.) and has written prolifically ever since. Praised by the literary critics for his seemingly effortless ability to write in a wide variety of styles, Aldiss is more interested in his science fiction novels with human concerns than with technology. He frequently is on the cutting edge of new ideas, as seen in his epic Helliconia series, while also demonstrating an understanding of the genre's traditions, as seen in the reworking of the Frankenstein myth in Frankenstein Unbound (1973).

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