The Shape of Further Things
In this provocative volume, Brian Aldiss seeks to recapture some of the strands of his life, using an elaborate tapestry to do do: on a basic diary form, he works alternately back into the past and forward into the future; the realities of our world alternate with the unrealities of fantasy.
The result is an autobiography spanning one month – a month in the life of a speculative writer. Dominant topics include the Moon as real estate, the role of technology, the growth of science fiction in Britain, the possible part that education could play in enriching our lives, and the new theories on the brain and the nature of dreams originated by Dr Christopher Evans.
The diary format permits reflections on science and history to lie side by side with notes on domestic affairs, and commentaries on the life of a writer of fantastic literature. This unique volume also marks the end of Aldiss’s long association with the firm of Faber & Faber Ltd.
FIRST EDITION: Faber & Faber, 1970