Curtis Brown & Brightfount
From the brightfount.com website:
Our name comes from Brian Aldiss’ first novel, the bookstore farce The Brightfount Diaries. In the first half of the book, there is a sub-plot revolving around ‘saucer books‘. Aldiss uses this as an excuse to stretch his imaginary muscle:
“Supposing these beings from another world arrived. Imagine them as dry, detached intellects in a sponge-like body; they casually present man with the secret of anti-gravity. In the succeeding outburst of space travel and planetary exploration, what an orgy of – not adventure as the rocket-writers predict – but learning would follow! The barriers of every science would be broken down: geology, physiology….“
It’s the most powerful writing in the book, a shock of revolutionary ideas embedded in a social comedy. We like to think of this section of the book as Aldiss finding his voice and his passion. We want Brightfount to be a place where you find your voice and your passion
More info here: brightfount.com/mission/
Faber & Faber Announce New Short Story Collection
Featuring an as-yet unpublished short story by Brian this new 90th anniversary collection – Faber Stories – is beautifully packaged and “… showcases masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles”. Brian’s Three Types of Solitude features.
More info here: faber.co.uk/blog/faber-90th-anniversary/
Oxford Literary Festival Tribute to Brian
The Oxford Literary Festival took place in March 2018 and included a tribute to Brian including talks from colleagues and family.
Christopher Priest chaired a session of readings and remembrance by family and other authors. It formed part of a bigger session on science fiction in literature.