A Chinese Perspective is a major science fiction novella by a major writer. First published almost a quarter of a century ago in an obscure anthology, it is republished here in its own right for the first time.
Set partly in the zeepees, or Zodiacal Planets, which feature in a number of Aldiss stories of the 1970s, and partly in a China that even in the future prefers ancient traditions to the brash excesses of the Western world, the tone of the story is often dreamlike and elegiac.
The full impact of the paradox that is China is reflected in the author’s striking prose, as measured and stately as China itself and a reflection of Aldiss’ world view and empathy with other peoples and their cultures.
FIRST EDITION: James Goddard, 2000