Publisher’s Blurb. . .
Aldiss returns with more thought-provoking essays and further revelations of the experiences that enrich his fiction. In these nine pieces (seven essays, one speech and an extended autobiography) he ranges from Australia to Jugoslavia, from the sixteenth century of Bruegel to the twentieth century of the Acid Head Wars – and beyond.Once more he examines some of his favourite authors (Theodore Sturgeon; H. G. Wells in the title essay) and places (China; Australia as though seen through Robert Sheckley’s eyes). He also touches on the way paintings can fire the imagination and books can reshape perceptions.Brian SaysThis companion volume to The Pale Shadow of Science includes additional original and reprint essays, many on topics of interest to the science fiction field. The chief of these is Aldiss’s potted autobiography, “The Glass Forest”.
FIRST EDITION: Serconia Press, 1986