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Date of Birth 18 August 1925East Dereham, Norfolk, England, UK
Birth NameBrian Wilson Aldiss

Mini Bio (1)

Brian Wilson Aldiss, a British writer, anthologist, and critic, published his first book, "The Brightfount Diaries", in 1955. That same year he won his first literary award for his short story "Not For an Age." The most popular science fiction writer of the United Kingdom in the late twentieth century, he is famous for his style, imagery, surrealism, and liberated attitude toward sex rather than for his use of science. His first novel, "Non-Stop" (1958), is considered a classic of science fiction. Aldiss gained renown in the 1960s as one of the "New Wave" SF authors.

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Spouse (2)

Margaret Manson (1965 - 1997) (her death) (2 children)
Olive Fortescue (1948 - 1965) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

In his critical history of the field, "Billion Year Spree" (1973)--revised as "Trillion Year Spree" in 1986--Aldiss argued that Mary Shelley deserves to be considered the first true science-fiction writer.
Guest of Honour at "Eastercon 22" British national science-fiction convention (Worcester, UK, April 9-11, 1971).
He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to literature.
His son, Clive, was born in May, 1955; that same year, his first book, "The Brightfount Diaries", was published by Faber & Faber. In 1956 he quit book-selling to become a full-time writer.
After being decommissioned from the British Army in 1947, he began nine years' work as a bookseller when hired by Sanders & Co., in Oxford, England.
After being drafted by the British Army in 1943 to serve during World War II, he joined the Royal Corps of Signals. In 1944, he transferred to serve in India, Assam, Burma, Sumatra, Singapore, and Hong Kong, experiences that later provided great material for his books and stories.
Guest of honor at LUNACON science-fiction convention (New York, NY, April 18-20, 1975).

Personal Quotes (3)

Science-fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.
My wife Margaret and I sold our house to Sir Roger Penrose and his wife. Roger Penrose is basically a mathematician. He held a position at the Mathematical Institute in Oxford, but also he's so multi-talented, so curious, such a quick brain, that he's mastered a number of other fields. Cosmology, for instance. And then this glorious subject of human consciousness. Talking to Roger, I found we both agreed that AI, as they call it, is not going to be achieved by present-day machines. "Artificial Intelligence" -- that makes it sound simple, but what you're really talking about is artificial consciousness, AC. And I don't think there's any way we can achieve artificial consciousness, at least until we've understood the sources of our own consciousness. I believe consciousness is a mind/body creation, literally interwoven with the body and the body's support systems. Well, you don't get that sort of thing with a robot.
[on working with Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)] Kubrick was obsessed by Pinocchio. He wanted David to become a real boy. I thought that was skyfire -- I didn't think that was science-fiction. I don't know what you think of my career; I don't know what I think of it myself. But I'm certainly the only guy that sold short stories to both Kubrick and Spielberg! So that thought pleases me. Warms the dying embers.

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