Happy Birthday, Brian Aldiss, born 18 August 1925
- Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.
- Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
- I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an integral part of my identity. Being published, being well regarded, is a component of that identity.
- I’m lucky that SFWA has such a short memory. I was always the Young Turk, the gadfly. Part of the New Wave, although I didn’t fit in there either! I spent years, and two histories, putting the so-called Old Guard in their place, and now I’m one of them!
- Most of my poetry lies beyond the SF field, yet here I am corralled into ‘SF poetry’ as part of this poetry weekend. Of course, some might say, ‘you’ve made your own bed — now you must lie in it!’ But, while fully accepting that dictum, I’m not yet quite prepared to lie down…
- It is comparatively easy to become a writer; staying a writer, resisting formulaic work, generating one’s own creativity - that’s a much tougher matter.
- I can’t help believing that these things that come from the subconscious mind have a sort of truth to them. It may not be a scientific truth, but it’s psychological truth.
Aldiss is an English author of both general fiction and science fiction. Greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells, Aldiss is a vice-president of the international H. G. Wells Society. Aldiss has published more than 100 books, including novels, novellas, anthologies, non-fiction books and volumes of short stories.
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