In this warm, chatty, opinionated collection of essays, Brian Aldiss tells the reader a bit about his youth and its ghosts, holds forth on the now and the then of science fiction and its writers, and reveals some of the processes at work in his own fiction.
Recent essays collected especially for Aldiss’s Guest of Honour visit to Norwescon, Seattle, Washington, in March of 1985. The title essay was the address delivered to the British Association for the Advancement of Science. While pointing out how SF has been taken up by scientists and technologists more than by the literary world, it is a plea for artistic autonomy.
FIRST EDITION: Serconia Press, 1985