A Brian Aldiss Omnibus
Brian Aldiss is acknowledged as one of the elite among international SF writers. This selection of three novels and other short stories illustrates his superb mastery of story-telling allied with a wide-ranging and inventive talent. The Saliva Tree, a Science Fiction Writers of America prize-winning novella — a splendidly ingenious tale. The Interpreter — another prize-winner — tells of the Universe thousands of years hence when Earth, an insignificant planet, is arraigned on a charge of corruption. In The Primal Urge, a normally reticent, normally sporting, well-bred young man goes dashing off for a night, with an almost total stranger. Why? Brian Aldiss has invented a mechanical marvel that makes the rigid British readily admit the existence of sex.
In prospect, this volume looked good. But the selection was arbitrary – and not made by me, for reasons I have forgotten. I have always regarded The Interpreter with a degree of loathing. However, the title of the book seemed to indicate, in those hopeful days, that I had arrived; I should have known that, when entering an omnibus, one often has a long way still to go.
FIRST EDITION: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1969