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. Hothouse [Brian Wilson Aldiss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this award-winning science fiction adventure, radiation from the dying. Hothouse [Brian Aldiss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Sun is about to go Nova. Earth and Moon have ceased their axial rotation.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Apr 30, Althea Ann rated it did not like it. And so she and the older members of the tribe attach themselves in pods to a plant called the traverser, which takes them to the moon.

Yes, we also have talking fungus. Though I don’t pay attention to labels and don’t make reading decisions based on them, I can see where others might be put off by unmet expectations.

Hothouse – Brian Aldiss

Its world enthralled me, the deadly struggles of a small band hthouse humans, insignificant in the wide expanse of killer plants. But I hoped there would be some character growth or at the very least new ones that would make up for it, so I endured. View all 3 comments.

I find Venus Flytraps slightly unsettling, and a little malevolent. I nothouse expect more of a vibrancy in his choice of words. Leave this field empty. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Plants and vegetable reign supreme, and human beings have devolved into primitive little green people the size of monkeys.

What happens with the humans? Notify me of new comments via email. Complete hothoyse Retro — — — —present. A charming glimpse of a very different world of book-selling. That weird thing they find that tells them about the past totally pissed me off.


It is extremely odd and not so much a story with characters as much as a fantastical travelogue. But the incre One of my first memories of childhood was a trip to the planetarium at Jodrell Bank and the ending sequence of the ‘presentation’ was where they showed the theorised last stages of our Sun’s life as a star with it’s eventual supernova and decline briam a red dwarf before inevitably dying out.

These are not particularly profound observations, although they do place the book in the realm of “cerebral” SF. Those looking for a dearth of the fantastic will not be disappointed by the imaginative digression, however. I love the setting but I don’t think the story ever came close to doing it justice. Or any kind of weather at all. Posted by PJ Wetzel at 7: People generally either love it or hate it.

Hothouse by Brian Aldiss

What impresses me now, apart from the author’s far-reaching imagination, is his skill at constructing the tale. 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… such as the plight of a small tribe of humans. Could an enormous spider really stretch a web between the Earth and the Moon? Ted Gioia writes about music, literature and pop culture.

Camp Concentration Disch, Thomas M. The nature of time is also explored: Adiss time, it moved from being a crown of spongy fungus that looked like a brain to inhabit the slowly enlarged cavity of our modern heads, until all man thought this was the natural order. Then there is the fish creature carried by a crippled human called the Catch-Carry-Kind, a prophet who knows the sun is dying and Earth is doomed.


It was never fully realized. This book was first published in the UK under the title “Hothouse.

Some are able to walk or crawl or fly, though always crudely compared to their animal aldisa. And the sad thing is maybe the author did bother to describe all of them but there were so many and with such odd names that after a while I beian not a clue what I was reading about and I kept wondering when stuff would start to get exciting. Human beings are small and mentally they’ve returned to the early days of human civilization- organized in tribes ruled by matriarchs and being driven by their instincts.

At the very least, how could there be any wind?? I’m not sure if it is a case of the author having to use fiction as a way of expressing the alien quality of another land and other people for themselves, or seizing on fiction as the best way to make us readers experience those alien qualities, but for me writing this today Hothouse is a fictional response to coming in to the real presence of a banyan tree.

I will look out for it, I promise.

Hothouse (1962), by Brian Aldiss

Hothouse is not exactly hard sf, but it’s really fun to read. Unbelievably, they were collectively awarded a Hugo for ‘Best Short Fiction.

The remaining humans are a dwarfed, shrunken species.

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