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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Hothouse – Brian Aldiss

Those looking for a dearth of the aliss will not be disappointed by the imaginative digression, however. Unbelievably, they were collectively awarded a Hugo for ‘Best Short Fiction.

It is amazingly original and widely imaginative. From the beginning pages, the world, though interesting, isn’t as understandably descriptive as I needed it to be. Then, the world building. You are commenting using your Twitter account. How did you get this? Germans with a Uboat, and just about every other lost human from various time periods. Aldids for sheer creativity and uniqueness, it is unparalleled.

The plot begins with the departure from its home base of a tribe of humans aldias its split into different parties.

hohhouse They live in a fast pace jungle and have little time to experience any deep thoughts, being mainly preoccupied with staying alive. I have to admit I had trouble connecting to Hothouse. I just did not appreciate much people dying so easily or getting separated, and it is no big deal because it is the way.

When the media focuses on educated white women not having kids, everyone starts thinking that the darker people will take over the world or that there will be no white children. The ” gross vegetable equivalent of a spider, the first vegetable astronaut ” that wanders between the Earth and the Moon was one of my favourite specimens in a flora that could only have been imagined while in a bad trip or bothouse a fever nightmare.


My father used to a be a big SciFi fan. I really felt a part of this world. Certainly the science here is dodgy at best.


The Booker longlist reading has begun: Notify me of new comments via email. So, as the Sun approaches its natural end, the life on Earth is mostly plant life engaged in a crazy frenzy of eating and being eaten, speedy growth and decay, something like a tropical forest on steroids. What a mess it caused for Gren. The fungus, perhaps, stands in for one part of contemporary human nature: A massive banyan tree covers the sun-light face of the Earth, and in its branches a million dramas of life, death, and decay unfold 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.

Or any kind of weather at all. Apr 30, Althea Ann rated it did not like it. It was interesting to see how a society with a majority of women would operate. The naivety of the human protagonists reminds me of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies at times.

The story unfolds more like a Homeric epic, or perhaps an Old Testament story, with counterparts here to an exile from a Garden of Eden and the wandering exploits of a chosen people seeking a homeland. Weird but very entertaining tale of what might be in the future,I hope not! The character’s development is somewhat limited, possibly due to them being somewhat limited in terms of intelligence themselves.


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

Email required Address never made public. The story takes the form of a journey of discovery, much like Gulliver’s Travellers or Journey to the Centre of the Earth and, as is often the case, it is a story of conceptual breakthrough. As the dying sun blasts out immense levels of radiation, plant life has taken undeniable supremacy of the earth. This is a fun tour through a very imaginative landscape. Because we are humble, we do not need food to die with This I suppose could be expressed as: Do I see why one of the short stories that made up this novel won the Hugo in ’62?

Also, I felt bad when it became evident that the “tummy-bellies” had met their doom, but they were SO friggin annoying!

I find the setting here fascinating. The various tribes, reduced to stupid creatures, were quite hard to root for. Carnivorous plants, tiny humans, giant insects, a tree that occupies most of the rotational-locked Earth, spider-like plants whose webbing has ensnared the moon It’s set in the future in which the Earth’s elliptical rotation around the sun has come to a complete standstill, with the moon’s orbit around the Earth MIA as well.