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Hothouse – Brian Aldiss

Germans with a Uboat, and just about every other lost human from various time periods. Sorry about the randomly appearing smilies by the way — something to do with closing a bracket after a punctuation mark I think.

Could the position of the Moon, still visible in hothojse sky, really form “one angle of a vast equilateral triangle which held the Earth and Sun at its other angles”? In return for food, the Sodal Hpthouse thinks of a way to remove the morel from Gren’s head by coaxing it into a bowl.

Books by Brian W. The author lived many years in India and was particularly impressed by the great banyan hothluse which now occupies more than 4 acres 2 acres when Aldiss came across it and looks like a forest; this hothoude tree was the inspiration for this book: After man and all life on Earth faced a post-apocalyptic radiation scenario, the sun-side of our planet re-invented itself into a lush, tropical cryptobotanical I think I made that word up forest-world where all plant-life and vegetation evolved into sentienceof lesser and greater degrees.

Speculiction Review of “Hothouse” by Brian Aldiss

Those looking for a dearth of the fantastic will not be disappointed by the imaginative digression, however. With Hothousehe not only has described a world in which high temperatures have allowed plants to run amok, but he also found a way to impart the rising mercury levels to his readers, who encounter a story that resembles a feverish dream, a nightmare in which even the bizarre and implausible take on a sort of inner logic and inescapable momentum.

Any examination of the hard-science backing the story will fall quickly apart. The company has produced a volume with fonts, page layouts, and binding that make for easy reading. Needless to say, Lily-Yo’s tribe has a high mortality rate. We too must fend for ourselves. Of the animal kingdom, only a few species remain: I am not sure about the profundity that some other reviewers mentioned in their reviews of this book if there is a subtext it is not obvious to me, but for sheer escapism, you can not beat this one.


Set in a far future, the Earth has locked rotation with the Sun, and is attached to the now-more-distant Moon, which resides at a Trojan pointwith cobwebs spun by enormous spider-like plants. What happens with the humans?

We clever chaps are no fools, and not fools are clever to make glad for you. I read hothouse in my late teens along with other sci fantasy and science…. While plants have grown bigger, stronger, smarter and more aggressive, humans are now only one-fifth of their original size and live on the edge of extinction. Aldiss’ first novel, Non-Stopfeatured a number of uniquely creative if off-the-wall ideas, and Hothouse is even more off-the-wall craziness cut from the same cloth.

AldissScience Fiction. These new plants are mobile, agile, lethal and hostile and they are here to chew bubble-gum and kick-ass and they are all out of bubble-gum. A very engaging adventure tale that can be enjoyed on many levels. Jungian supporters will very likely find the symbolism in awakening and homecoming particularly alluring. Our hero, too, is no noble Odysseus; he is often petty, mean, or irresponsible. SF which is pushing the edges of that genre though is far less accessible, often dealing in ideas which require either an understanding of physics and hard science which most readers will not possess or assuming a knowledge of genre which they are unlikely to have acquired.

It is all very exciting stuff.

Nope, that one was probably me. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. What a mess it caused for Gren. I got this from Netgalley for the Open Road Media release of this novel.

The list is here if you want to have a look: Gren, a boy man rebel and others, are left behind to form a new group. I need to look into Trillion Year Spree. None of it makes sense, but the images are striking.

But there are gargantuan plant-based spiders called traversers who dwell above the plant layer and actually spin webs across space to the moon and other planets. hothoue


The prose was more than strong enough to prevent such a monstrosity of a novel from collapsing, filled with tantalizing images of truly odd creatures and situations I can barely guess at. I almost want to be there, except I don’t fancy my chances in that environment, certainly I would like to see it portrayed in a aldiiss movie.

Actually, the main course of action is the journey of Gren, one strong-willed tribesman, which takes a different path away from his fellows. I alriss pretty conflicted about this book.

Ironically, most literary sf is actually pretty hackneyed in sf terms. I found this really hard to rate. SF, for some reason mostly snobbish, I suspect is largely ignored by the mainstream press. Also, I felt bad when it became evident that the “tummy-bellies” had met their doom, but they were SO friggin annoying! But for sheer creativity and uniqueness, it is unparalleled.

The fungus, perhaps, stands in for one part of contemporary human nature: I have to admit I had trouble connecting to Hothouse. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Most of the animal kingdom has died out, other than insects and a few pockets of human beings, who have evolved to become smaller and with less intelligence, as in the world controlled by plants, instinct for survival matters more than reasoning.

They live in a fast-paced jungle where there is no time for mediation.

The opening sequence and subsequent introduction to this world comes in the form of the most basic unit of humanity at the time – a matriarchal family unit of several adults and their offspring. May 15, Sara J. This presents it’s own difficulties, as Aldiss writes here “whereas I had adjusted to the squalor and poverty of India, I hated the squalor and poverty, allied to the depressing climate, of my homeland” p Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller.

These include alternate ecologies near the sea, the twilight zones between perpetual light and dark, and even a journey to the moon.