Author Brian Aldiss dies

Science fiction legend was the man behind AI and Brothers Of The Head

by Jennie Kermode

Luke and Harry Treadaway in Brothers Of The Head
Luke and Harry Treadaway in Brothers Of The Head

Brian Aldiss, the science fiction author behind big screen hit A.I. and indie cult favourite Brothers Of The Head, died on Saturday, it has emerged today. He had just finished celebrating his 92nd birthday with family and friends.

Brian Aldiss pictured in Glasgow in 2005
Brian Aldiss pictured in Glasgow in 2005 Photo: Szymon Sokól

Aldiss, who also tried his hand at acting in 2009 short Crawlspace, was a prolific and widely admired writer whose work was a major influence on the development of the genre. His novels included Non-Stop, Hothouse, Barefoot In The Head the Heliconia trilogy and Frankenstein Unbound, which inspired a Roger Corman film. He also edited several anthologies, wrote a number of non-fiction books and received acclaim for his paintings. Though he continued to work throughout his life, he described a sensation of decreasing urgency. In short story The Worm That Flies he imagined a far future world where death had been forgotten, but concluded that it comes for us all in the end.

A Fellow of the Royal society of Literature, Aldiss also had an OBE for services to literature and received a World Fantasy Special Award in 2013. Throughout his life he took an active role in promoting literature and creative endeavour more widely, and he was much loved by his fans.

Aldiss is survived by his children Clive, Caroline, Tim and Charlotte.

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