->''"Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts."''

Brian W. Aldiss [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever OBE]] (18 August 1925 - 19 August 2017) is a British author, primarily of ScienceFiction, although he also wrote general fiction, and some non-fiction. His early works, from TheFifties, generally had a more literary bent than the typical SF of that era, and in the TheSixties, he joined the NewWaveScienceFiction movement, which promoted more experimental and literary forms of SF. His experimental novel, ''Barefoot in the Head'', is a fairly extreme example. He went on to write a wide variety of SF. His best-known work is probably the ''Literature/{{Helliconia}}'' series.

His short-story, "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" was the basis for the movie ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''. He's also had a couple of other works adapted for film, including ''Frankenstein Unbound'', which was filmed by Creator/RogerCorman.

He also coined the term "CosyCatastrophe", which has gone on to achieve trope status.

He was given a [[UsefulNotes/DamonKnightMemorialGrandMasterAward SFWA Grand Master Award]] in 2000.

!! Works with a page on this Wiki:
* The ''Literature/{{Helliconia}}'' series
* ''Literature/NonStop'' (1958, US title: ''Starship'')
* "[[Literature/DangerousVisions The Night All Time Broke Out]]"

!! Other works include:
* ''Hothouse'' (1962)
* ''The Dark Light Years'' (1964)
* ''Report on Probability A'' (1967)
* ''Barefoot in the Head'' (1969)
* ''Billion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction'' (1973, non-fiction, re-issued in a much revised version as ''Trillion Year Spree'' in 1986)
* ''Frankenstein Unbound'' (1973)
* ''Brothers of the Head'' (1977): Adapted for film in 2006.
* ''Ruins'' (1987)
* ''Dracula Unbound'' (1990)
* ''White Mars or, The Mind Set Free'' (1999, co-authored with mathematician Roger Penrose)
* ''HARM'' (2007)
!! Tropes in his other works:
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: In a short-story based on Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTempest'', Aldiss reveals that Miranda and Caliban were actually in love, and Prospero alone opposed the relationship. [[invoked]]
* ArtMajorBiology: ''Hothouse'' has giant insects, man-eating plants, people growing wings after being [[SpaceIsMagic mutated by space radiation]], the entire planet being covered by a single banyan tree, and ''[[GiantSpider giant plant-spider hybrids]] that use their webs to connect the Earth to the Moon''. The publisher even admitted that he knew it was ridiculously unrealistic, but still published it because it was awesome. Which turned out to be good move, because it ended up winning a Hugo award.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: In ''Dracula Unbound'', Bram Stoker and a time-traveling scientist from the modern day fight vampires.
* CityInABottle: ''Literature/NonStop'' is based on [[GenerationShips this concept]], but with some gleefully British plot twists.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The narrator in the short story ''I.I.I.''
* DeathWorld: ''Hothouse'' (AKA ''The Lord Afternoon of Earth'') involves a distant future, where Earth has become tidally locked with the Sun (which has also expanded), so that one side constantly faces the scorching heat, while the other remains in perpetual darkness. The sun-facing side has become the titular hothouse, with giant plants constantly vying for supremacy and most of the animal kingdom dying off. Plants are now extremely dangerous to each other and the remaining animals (humans included). Humanity is facing extinction. Humans are now a fifth of normal size and live on the giant trees. They constantly have to be wary of the {{Man Eating Plant}}s, and the four remaining species of insects, which have become BigCreepyCrawlies. There are also Flymen, who periodically come and try to take human babies. It's revealed that they are [[spoiler:humans mutated by cosmic radiation and rendered sterile; that's why they capture babies]]. Not much is known about the Nightside, except that it is very cold and that there is a race of baboon-descended people called Sharp-furs living there. Oh, and [[spoiler:Earth is destroyed by giant solar flares at the end with life beaming itself to faraway stars]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: ''Report on Probability A'' appears to be based almost exclusively on this trope, to the point of unreadability. The description in Wikipedia says: "The bulk of the book is the Report, describing in minute, obsessive and often repetitive detail, three characters G, S, and C as they secretly watch a house, each from a separate outbuilding with peripheral views of the house's windows, catching occasional glimpses of its occupant, Mrs Mary. As the Report is being read by a character called "Domoladossa'", he is secretly being observed from other universes, and these observers in their turn are being observed, all of them engaged in futile speculation about the exact nature of Probability A, and the exact meaning of the Victorian painting, The Hireling Shepherd (by Pre-Raphaelite William Holman Hunt)..." (and so on).
* FreeLoveFuture: ''The Primal Urge'' is a satire in which a machine that makes it impossible to hide sexual attraction has a dramatic affect on British reserve.
* GenerationShips: In ''Literature/NonStop'', a plague on a generation ship reduces the passengers to barbarism, and they lose all idea of who they are or even what a spaceship ''is''. The bioengineered plants go into overdrive, turning the ship into a jungle, increasing the sense of obscuration and isolation. The reader's first clue as to what's going on is when the jungle turns out to have bulkheads.
** In the US the publisher ruined the spoiler by naming the book ''[[SpoilerTitle Starship]]''.
* GladiatorGames: In the short story "In The Arena": human captives of the redul are forced to fight alien monsters in an arena. The male protagonist is paired with a female fighter in a "double double": the two of them against a pair of deadly yillibeeth, with each pair being chained together.
* GossipyHens: In ''Literature/NonStop'', Roy encounters a group of Gossipy Hens in Quarters. The fragmented bits of sniping he overhears are part of a breakthrough he has regarding the inward-turned and purposeless nature of his community and his need to go on his [[TheHerosJourney Hero's Journey]].
* HostileTerraforming: ''The Saliva Tree''.
* HumanitysWake: In the short story "But Who Can Replace A Man?" The robots are overjoyed that humanity is wiped out and they are now free, but they end up nuking each other and in the end they come across one surviving human, whom their programming compels them to obey.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: In ''I.I.I.'', the titular MegaCorp [[TakeOverTheWorld takes over all of Earth's resources]] and proceeds to RapePillageAndBurn the entire [[ApocalypseHow Universe]].
* MagicPants: In one short story, a werewolf's transformation is described as a change in his "biomorphic field." This can include clothes as long as they are natural fibres, which will be absorbed into the wolf form and returned to their previous form with the rest of him. Artificial fibres would just be shredded.
* MindScrew: ''Barefoot in the Head'': The whole book is a massive, psychedelic mindscrew.
* OneSceneTwoMonologues: The narrator of the story "Appearance of Life" finds two holographic messages which turn out to be from a husband and wife. When he turns them on they appear to be conversing with each other, but it soon becomes clear that the wife's message is an expression of her undying love for her husband, while the husband's is a confession of his infidelity.
* ThePigpen: The Utods in the satirical novel ''The Dark Light Years'' are a highly intelligent race whose biology requires that they spend most of the time wallowing in their own excrement. This makes their first encounter with humans... interesting.
* PopulationControl: In "Super-Toy Last All Summer Long", families are restricted from having more than one child.
* RecursiveReality: ''Report on Probability A'' presents a circular sequence of worlds. Mrs Mary is being watched by her three servants, G, S and C, who are being watched by some aliens from a parallel universe, who are being watched by scientists observing a rift in reality on the top of a hill, who are being watched by... until we come to the observers in the "outermost" reality, who turn out to be the figures in a painting in the cafe that G, S and C frequent.
* SdrawkcabName: In his illustrated poem "Pile", (subtitle "Petals from St. Klaed's Computer") the hero escapes from Pile and its computer "St. Klaed" to find the alternate world of Elip run by St. Dealk.