The Malacia tapestry

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Jonathan Cape, 1976 - Fiction - 313 pages
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User Review  - rameau - LibraryThing

One of the best sf novels I've ever read. It takes place in Malacia, a city that is an alternate 18th-century Italy where most inhabitants feel protected by their rulers' rejection of social and ... Read full review

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All the fine things others have said about this tale are true, and it makes excellent reading on several levels. But the true philosophical sting in the tail comes in the superficially light banter of ... Read full review

Contents

Mountebanks in an Urban Landscape
11
A Balloon over the Bucintoro
77
A Feast Unearned
119
Copyright

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About the author (1976)

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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