Brian Aldiss

Kindred Blood at Kensington Gore

Comment
This mind-bending duologue was first performed at a PKD Celebration held in Essex, England in October 1991. Reviewing the crowded 2-day event for Locus Maxim Jakubowski wrote, “For me the best moment of a fascinating weekend (was) a two-voicer written specially for the occasion by Brian Aldiss, Kindred Blood in Kensington Gore, featuring Brian as PKD and Petronilla Whitfield as his nemesis.

Brian Says

This imaginary conversation was written to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the death of Philip Kindred Dick, who passed from this life on 2nd March 1982. Dick’s writing is slowly becoming appreciated even on the other side of that great thorn barrier dividing SF from the world beyond. He speaks truthfully about the existential pains of life, using wit and cunning invention. Kindred Blood in Kensington Gore depicts Dick in the Afterlife with a form of dialogue used by the poet Walter Savage Landor, where two of the illustrious dead converse together.

FIRST EDITION: Avernus, 1992