Brian Aldiss

Space, Time & Nathaniel

Publisher’s Blurb
If they have to be classified these unforgettable stories should, we suppose, be classified as science fiction. But in fact they are for all connoisseurs of the curious; for all who appreciate a stylish approach to the odd. There’s ‘Psyclops’, for example, about a man’s conversation with his unborn son; the lighthearted ‘Pogsmith’ – who was both a world and a super-beast. There’s the tender tale of a small girl dancing joyously into a curious kind of extinction; a glimpse of Frankenstein’s monster army disrupting the peace of a Cambridge evening – and of more than one strange creature flattening its nose against the window of civilization.

Brian Says

A fourteen story collection, compiled at a time when BWA had had only thirteen stories published. The stories form a romp across many of the then standard themes of SF; the marked stylishness and frequent elegiac notes (as, for instance, in ‘The Failed Men’) serve as a warning of more ambitious volumes ahead.

FIRST EDITION: Faber & Faber, 1957