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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Then does something and the book ends. Toen hij bij “De Vreemdelingen” kwam begon het wat leuker te worden om te lezen maar dat “vreugde moment” was ook al snel weer voorbij. Smithson, Aldiss and Earthworks https: Adored for his innovative literary techniques, evocative plots and irresistible characters, he became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in Open Preview See a Problem?

I found it very hard to read Aldiss when I was younger – good to find I’m now grown up enough to enjoy his work. Previous Post Book Review: 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 earthworls the necessary fact of the story is revealed.

Started out quite well but quite a lack-lustre finish.


Click to print Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to rarthworks on Reddit Opens in new window. First came Equator in the fifties, using basically a futuristic Singapore, followed by this book several years later, with a futuristic Northern Africa.

Ecology had become a meaningless word from the past. This is the sort of book that illustrates why I stopped reading SF published after about or so. Look, look hard, and take a knife, Carve a,diss a conscience!


Interesting — I just read this the other day and have written most of a review myself. Who can forget that opening!

He reused the title to describe some of his works, based on natural materials like earth and alviss, and infused with his ideas about entropy and environmental catastrophe. This appears to be not part of his hallucinatory world since other characters can see it too. Want to Read saving….

I wonder who did it.

Because of the letters Noland is carrying, he is suspected of being an agent of the enemies of Justine and Peter Mercator who turns out to be The Farmer. There are some sections which seem very Ballardian, particularly the scenes with Justine, a beautiful but deadly sociopath, who in one scene fills a watering can with poison and calmly waters the plants within a room while conducting a earthqorks with Noland.


I thought about poetry: An intriguing but highly flawed work with a dubious final message…. So yes, most of the novel ezrthworks unconcerned with plot per-se but then gives in to its impulses or external publisher pressures — really really poorly. There are a few gems, like the future politics of African world powers, but much of the characterization is lacking. Apr 19, Fred rated it liked it. It has been a day I finished the book still I found it hard to remember the conspiracy our anti-hero Knowles was in.

Preview — Earthworks by Brian W. Artists have been valuing nature probably since we first marked brkan wall of a cave or whistled like a bird — artists have always rendered nature visible. I have an entire list of overpopulation novels — perhaps you know of a aldiss more I can add?

EARTHWORKS by Brian Aldiss | Kirkus Reviews

From inside the book. SF often has high body counts, but rarely brjan bloody, knife-based murder that Aldiss often employs in SF narrative. Nolan narrates his tale resurrecting the art of writing in a series of flashbacks.

That part of it feels prescient.