Brian Aldiss


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New NASA Exoplanet Travel Posters

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NASA’s own exoplanet travel posters

NASA’s own series of exoplanet travel posters

How about these beautiful pieces of poster artwork commissioned by NASA themselves to help inspire a generation to stay on board with the space discovery missions being run by NASA. Commissioned to look like art deco 1930’s era classic poster-work they certainly evoke memories of some classic science fiction artwork and could easily adorn any boys bedroom wall (and even their dad’s!)

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Aldous Huxley smoking, circa 1946

Friendships: Aldous Huxley

Brian’s UK publishers The Friday Project is curating a series of short anecdotes that Brian has written about some of the many literary greats that he has been fortunate enough to know and meet over his illustrious career, and others that he has simply admired.

In a short series here on Brian’s blog we publish some appetisers ahead of their collated publication. We’ll be featuring the following friendships. For a list of all current friendship stories in the pipeline scroll down:

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Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing’s Work

On the 29th November, with my partner, Alison Soskice, I was one of the many who attended the last rites of that darling writer, DORIS LESSING. The ceremony was held on the outskirts of London, conducted by a woman of the British Humanist Association. So no religion there, then. placemats”
I sat most of the time with Tom Mashler, once the head of Jonathan Cape and publisher of both Doris and me. Doris wrote five

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Doris Lessing RIP

Brian was lucky enough to count Doris Lessing as one of his friends. I asked him for comment on her passing and he had this to say:

She had a great sense of humour; I loved the woman…

We were good friends and I often went round to her place until she fell ill.

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World Fantasy Con Visit #WFC13, Brighton – SF Genre Magazines

Brian is back in Brighton and back in his old stomping ground – the Metropole Hotel – for the World Fantasy Convention this weekend. His visit kicked off with a panel discussing the demise of the genre magazine. He was joined by equally greyed hair co-panellists Robert K Weiner, publisher of illustrated horror, William F Nolan, author of Logan’s Run, Malcolm Edwards of Orion & subsidiary Gollancz & founder of Interzone Magazine, and moderator Gordon Van Gelder, editor & publisher of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine (first published 1949).

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Finches of Mars Signing and Book Launch


I was very proud to be able to accompany dad to the launch party for his latest (and possibly last) science fiction novel Finches of Mars. Ahead of the evening’s festivities dad had a session signing books at the legendary Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue.

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