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Profile of Brian Aldiss

Writer
Date Of Birth:
18 August 1925
Date Of Death:
19 August 2017
Place Of Birth:
East Dereham, England
Best Known As:
The author of 'Frankenstein Unbound'

Name at birth: Brian Wilson Aldiss

Brian Aldiss was a British writer known mostly for his science fiction stories and the many anthologies he edited. He grew up writing stories, but he didn't turn to writing full time until after serving in World War II and then working nine years in a book shop. Aldiss began selling stories in the 1950s, and by the 1960s was considered a member of Britain's "new wave" of science and speculative fiction writers. He won a Hugo Award for short fiction for his 1962 "Hothouse" stories, and a Nebula Award for best novella for 1965's The Saliva Tree. His other novels include Greybeard (1964), Barefoot in the Head (1969), Frankenstein Unbound (1973) and The Helliconia Trilogy (1982-85). Aldiss worked with Stanley Kubrick to adapt his "Supertoys" stories for the big screen, but Kubrick died before it could be completed. The project became the basis for the Steven Spielberg film A.I. (2001). Aldiss was perhaps even more influential as an anthologist and edited many collections of stories.