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Brian Aldiss, OBE, is a fiction and science fiction writer, poet, playwright, critic, memoirist and artist. He was born in Norfolk in 1925. After leaving the army, Aldiss worked as a bookseller, which provided the setting for his first book, The Brightfount Diaries (1955). His first published science fiction work was the story `Criminal Record', which appeared in Science Fantasy in 1954. Since then he has written nearly 100 books and over 300 short stories.
`Excited me more than anything else I've read this year.' ANTHONY BURGESS `A long, handsome ingenious novel about war and peace, very funny, very sad, full of closely seen, closely thought detail, wise exotic and entertaining.' IRIS MURDOCH The mid-life crisis, with its fumblings, fudgings and miraculous accidents of self-knowledge, has seldom been better portrayed'. OBSERVER `Brian Aldiss works with such zest and gaiety.' NINA BAWDEN `Full of goodies... funny, human, tough, irresistibly lively.' FINANCIAL TIMES