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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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log adiss All compounded by the fact that it was bad prediction fueled by the non-scientific Malthusian catastrophe. When I asked Aldiss about this novel in a recent 3 hour interview I did with him, he obviously saw it as one of his inferior pieces, even though I quite liked it, in some ways see my wordpress blog for news soon of the radio broadcast of this interview in December, if you are interested.

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

On the coast of Africa, near Walvis Bay, Knowle runs his freighter aground; and there he meets Justine and the destructive destiny that purges him of guilt and frees him from hallucination.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. First came Equator in the fifties, using basically a futuristic Singapore, followed eadthworks this book several years later, with a futuristic Northern Africa. This book is rarely mentioned in the Aldiss oeuvre, but it has bgian much of what makes his writing distinctive, and is a nice bridge into the New Wave works to follow in just a few years.

Choked, disease-ridden towns, robots and prison gangs tending the bare, poisond renched countryside are all characteristic of Knowle’s world; only in Africais the soil still fertile and the people still relatively vital.


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That part of it feels prescient. The can-do spirit that informed SF from the first half of the 20th century is nowhere This is the sort of alciss that illustrates why I stopped reading SF published after about or so.

The can-do spirit that informed SF from the first half of the 20th century is nowhere to be found—in fact, the very antithesis of it is here, so much so that the ending becomes obvious as soon as the necessary fact of the story earthworrks revealed. I finished it on the 7.

Another surprising character is The Farmer, a man that Nolan sees as a capitalist monster, but who turns out to be — at least at the finale- a compassionate man trying to hold a crumbling business empire brlan whilst attempting to do the best thing for the good of everyone. Noland is a complex character who throughout his life has not been much of a hero.

On one of his more vivid benders, he takes his cargo ship and runs it aground on the coast of Africa Feb 26, Stephen Warthworks rated it really liked it. I will have a think about more overpopulation novels — a great SF theme!

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Writer made a good description of a dystopian world, the labour camps ezrthworks spent his youth was well told and for me that was the best part of the book. In common with the Helliconia Trilogy and Hothouse I suppose that the environment is the most important character, although the only one never to say anything directly.

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Smithson, Aldiss and Earthworks https: Notify me of new posts via email. Yet, despite the evidence of the […]. May your after life be filled with the adventures earthhworks put on paper Mr Aldriss.


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His problem is schizophrenic hallucinations. Then does something and the book ends The blurb Aldiss No preview available – Realistic murder was certainly part of post-apocalypse based fiction, but in futuristic SF proper you mostly get abstract Death Star stuff, airlock ejections, laser beam lop-offs.

Overpopulation, not enough food, Africa ascending while the rest of the world wallows in despair. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition.

I read it on the 7. I agree with most of your points, regarding this novel, Joachim. You are commenting using your Facebook account. So, start with Sense of Wonder, end with Ethics, and I’m pretty happy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If there are any survivors.

This book does that; many do not – either you briah out the plotline and it becomes a simple story and not much else, or it’s philosophical dialogue the whole way through James Morrow comes to mindand that’s not much fun either I would just read some philosophy.

Outside crowded cities controlled by a police statea class of wealthy and powerful “Farmers” exploit a rural prison labour population and hunt down subversive “Travellers” who have broken free of social controls. Birds are eradicated as a pest.

Email required Address never made public. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! It would probably seem dated nowadays, although as usual Aldiss brings his usual skills to bear.