Brian Aldiss

Super-State

     

Publisher’s Blurb
Welcome to the near future: to the super-state of Europe forty years from now, a Europe embracing everywhere, from the west coast of Ireland to the east coast of Greece. It is a place where technology advances ever onwards, where humanitarian concerns slip ever backwards and where the answers to the big questions remain as elusive as always.
Super-State begins with the bizarre wedding of Victor de Bourcey, son of the President of the European Union. With his wife-to-be unable to attend, her place is taken by an unusual understudy: an android. And as the guests toast this strangest of unions, the celebrations are ominously interrupted as a stampede of horses brings the full force of nature to the ultra-modern world.

Brian Aldiss’ wonderful novel takes us into a land bedevilled by the dual threats of war and global warming, where androids are a nuisance and kept locked in the cupboard, and where a subversive group called the “Insanatics” is sending out doleful messages to worry and provoke the population. And as life on Earth stumbles forwards, the crew of the spacecraft Roddenberry arrive at their destination, Jupiter – and discover life!

FIRST EDITION: Orbit, 2002

1 Orbit, London, 2002 Hardcover
2 Orbit, London, 2003 Paperback