Colin Greenland said. . . .
Of his New Wave contemporaries, lost in the depths of their cities, alienated from past and future, conjuring chaos with dismantled prose and fragmented characters, few are in sympathy with Aldiss’s faith or artistic objectives [in Barefoot in the Head], believing the healing impracticable, an option closed to modern man. Nevertheless, Aldiss shared the most intense and important phase of his career with the entropy exhibitors, demonstrating the possibilities they sought and setting standards that every one of them acknowledges but few have matched.